Summary: If someone tells you that he is free from all stress or anxiety, he is either a fool or a liar. We all have to learn to live with a certain amount of stress and tension.

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Stress Can Save Your Life

Psalm 55

Have you heard the Jamaican song: “Don’t Worry, Be Happy!” Can you picture a Jamaican man who is enjoying a stress free life? He lives a life always on vacation. There’s no stress, no concerns, no bills to pay, no children to shuttle from place to place, no sickness, no problems to solve. Don’t worry, be happy!

The Psalmist in Psalm 55 gives us a realistic picture of life. What the Psalmist describes in Psalm 55 many of us have experienced.

Psalm 55:1-5 describes a life in crisis. Psalm 55:6-8 describes one way to face problems and challenges in life.

Psalm 55:16-22 describes how the Psalmist found the answer by turning to the Lord.

I. A Life in Crisis (1-5)

The Psalmist describes his life in crisis: “I’m overwhelmed by my troubles.” (2) “Enemies surround me and are hunting me down.” (3) “My heart is in anguish – the terror of death overpowers me.” (4) “Fear and trembling overwhelm me. I can’t stop shaking.” (New Living Translation)

At different stages of our lives we all have faced minor and major challenges and change that caused stress, anxiety and worry.

When I was a teenager my parents separated and I experienced stress and anxiety.

When my mother, sister and I moved to another town and I attended a new school as a 9th grader I experienced fear and anxiety.

During College years I as seeking God’s and during my senior year I asked Carollyn to marry me and that summer anticipating marriage I lost 20 lbs – 180 to 160 lbs. I was stressed out about my new responsibilities, starting seminary, finances and finding part-time work. It was not an easy time.

How many of you can identify with the following statements: fill in the blank.

“I’m ready to throw in the ……….

I’m at the end of my …………

I’m just a bundle of …………

My life is falling …………..

I’m at my wits ……………

I fell like resigning from the human …………

If someone tells you that he is free from all stress or anxiety, he is either a fool or a liar. We all have to learn to live with a certain amount of stress and tension.

The Christian life is not a panacea that frees us from all the difficult times of life. We are not put on a golden pedestal to remain untouched by heartache, sorrow, tragedy and the anxiety of daily living.

In Christ we are given strength to face our challenges and work through them and keep going forward. Jesus says, “Come to me and I will give you ……… Matthew 11:28

When we experience crisis and traumas in life: death in the family, divorce, loss of a job, or when life tumbles in, we can turn to Jesus.

In Mark 4 Jesus told a parable about the challenges of life. Jesus told about the farmer sowing seed to four kinds of soil. “Some seed fell among the thorns, and the thorns came up and choked it, and it yielded no crop?” (Mark 4:7)

When the disciples asked Jesus the meaning of the parable Jesus explained: “And the ones on whom seed was sown among the thorns; these are the ones who have heard the word, but the worries of the world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.” (Mark 4:18-19)

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