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10/14/12

I love what David says in v 1 “You have relieved me in my distress,” because in the time of distress we are all looking for relief. The Heb. for distress here means a “tight spot,” and the word “relieve” is also translated as “enlarged.” David deliberately places two extremes side by side to demonstrate the profound difference that God’s power makes in our lives when we call out to Him for mercy.  It doesn’t matter what causes your stress. There’s nothing you can do to stop those situations – all you can do is turn to the One who can do something! David recognized an important part of his trials when he said, “God, you have enlarged me when I was in distress.” David recognized that whatever it was that was causing him distress was simply an instrument in God’s hand to grow him, to strengthen and mold him into what God wanted him to be. “You have relieved/enlarged me in my distress.” We are all looking for relief from the distress of our life. We often feel caught in a tight spot, pressed on every side, and we need God to open up the way, to make room for us. This Psalm helps us to know how to respond when we are in a tight spot.

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10/7/12

Life is filled with problems and worries. Things that perplex us, overwhelm us, and are beyond our power to change or solve. And it presses us to our limit, and causes us to ask "is there any hope?" If you have ever felt that way, or if you are feeling that way right now, Psalm 3 is for you. David wrote this Psalm at one of the most desperate times of his life.  His own son, Absalom, had begun to work subversively, to turn the hearts of the people against David, and to win their support for himself. Then he led an uprising to kill his father and seize the thrown (2 Sam 15:13-14). Betrayed by his son, David flees for his life. It is one of most devastating and desperate hours of David’s life, and in the midst of it all David writes Psalm 3. This Psalm reveals to us 5 critical elements of prayer to give us hope in the midst of our darkest  hours.

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Series: Sing Your Way to Victory

9/30/12

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As a door to the rest of the Psalms, Psalm 1 declares in just a few words some of the most basic but profound truths of the Bible. Basically, God says there are two ways of life available: one means blessing, happiness, and fruitfulness, but  the other leads to curses, unhappiness, and judgment.

Blessedness is a choice. There are conditions that must be obeyed by faith, if we are to live in the blessings of God. The Word “blessed” in Hebrew can be translated happy,  but it is not a happiness based on circumstances.  It is a happiness that comes from a deep settled sense of well being knowing our life is in God’s hands.  This Psalm gives us the keys to a blessed life.

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