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Where do you go when it hurts? -finding peace when in pain-psalm 3
(white flag on slide)
INTRO
You and I have personal needs: unsaved, health, relationships, finances, jobs, etc...
You and I have personal needs: unsaved, health, relationships, finances, jobs, etc...
You and I want to see Hope Church explode with the glory of God.
We are the light of Jesus to a darkened world, how we experience pain and need should be noticeably different.
“It is the most bitter of all afflictions to be led to fear that there is no help for us in God.” --Charles Haddon Spurgeon
David wrote the psalm after he had fled Jerusalem when his son Absalom took over the throne ().
The king and his attendants had crossed the Jordan River and camped at Mahanaim.
The same path Jesus took to the Garden of Gethsemane
The same path Jesus took to the Garden of Gethsemane.
* This is the first time we find the word psalm in the book.
This is the first time we find the word psalm in the book.
This is also the first prayer in the Psalms, and the first psalm attributed to David.
* This is also the first prayer in the Psalms, and the first psalm attributed to David.
This is the first Psalm of lament. (mourning, pain, regret, need—with wailing)
* This is the first Psalm of lament. (mourning, pain, regret, need—with wailing)
THEME
In this Psalm God shows how David went through extremely painful episodes and through David’s experiences we learn how to navigate our own issues.
THEME: In this Psalm God shows how David went through extremely painful episodes and through David’s experiences we learn how to navigate our own issues.

Conflict: He Admits His Troubles (vv. 1–2)

Psalm 3:1–2 NIV
Lord, how many are my foes! How many rise up against me! Many are saying of me, “God will not deliver him.”
First, when there is conflict we must admit to it, not run or gloss over or minimize it.
“This is an issue, and I need to deal with it.”
“This is an issue, and I need to deal with it.”
David teaches us to pray immediately with great urgency.
David teaches us to pray immediately with great urgency.
The prayer begins very abruptly with “Lord.”
* David didn’t have time to go through a long liturgy.
We do not ignore our problems, we take them head on with God's power!
Admitting we are powerless is a necessary step towards victory.
If we believe we can make it on our own we will not call on the Spirit of God for help
This is also the first prayer in the Psalms, and the first psalm attributed to David.
Personal Issues
Church growth-Not by might nor by power but by my Spirit says the Lord of Hosts.
Notice in v. 1 the prayer begins very abruptly with “Lord.”
David didn’t have time to go through a long liturgy.
* David didn’t have time to go through a long liturgy.
We do not ignore our problems, we take them head on with God's power!

Confidence: He Affirms His Trust in the Lord (vv. 3–4)

Psalm 3:3–4 NIV
But you, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high. I call out to the Lord, and he answers me from his holy mountain.
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David knew he was in danger, he also knew God was his shield.
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* David knew he was in danger, he also knew God was his shield.
The word "shield" in the original signifies more than a shield; it means a protection which surrounds us entirely, a shield above, beneath, around, without and within. Oh! what a shield is God for his people!
The word "shield" in the original signifies more than a shield; it means a buckler round about, a protection which shall surround a man entirely, a shield above, beneath, around, without and within. Oh! what a shield is God for his people!
He wards off the fiery darts of Satan from beneath, and the storms of trials from above, while at the same moment, he speaks peace to the raging tempests in our mind and heart.
* He wards off the fiery darts of Satan from beneath, and the storms of trials from above, while, at the same instant, he speaks peace to the tempest within the breast.-Spurgeon
David may have been forced off his throne, but God is still on His!
* David may have been forced off his throne, but God is still on His!
You and I may be without power, but God's power never wanes.
You and I may be without power, but God's power never wanes.
Problems are out of our control.
We cannot cause salvation.
We cannot make our church grow.
But we worship the same God David does.
He is the same now as He was in every Bible story you know.
* He is the same now as He was in every Bible story you know.

Celebration: He Anticipates the Victory (vv. 5–8)

Psalm 3:5–8 NIV
I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the Lord sustains me. I will not fear though tens of thousands assail me on every side. Arise, Lord! Deliver me, my God! Strike all my enemies on the jaw; break the teeth of the wicked. From the Lord comes deliverance. May your blessing be on your people.
David awoke the next morning rested.
* David awoke the next morning rested
David’s faith enabled him to lie down; anxiety would certainly have kept him on tiptoe, watching for an enemy
* David’s faith enabled him to lie down; anxiety would certainly have kept him on tiptoe, watching for an enemy
Are you willing to trust God for growth of our church?
* Are you willing to trust God for growth of our church?
Are you willing to trust God for the growth or awakening of a loved one or friend?
* Are you willing to trust Dod for the growth or awakening of a loved one or friend?
Will you ask God right now for peace in your circumstances?
* Will you ask God right now for peace?
This is the first Psalm of lament.
If we trust Him and seek to do His will, God works on our behalf even while we’re asleep.
* God never sleeps (), so why should you stay awake and worry?
God never sleeps, so why should you stay awake and worry?
Psalm 121:3 NIV
He will not let your foot slip— he who watches over you will not slumber;
* You and I can take our troubles to God and sleep and awake refreshed.
You and I can take our troubles to God and sleep and awake refreshed.
David was rescued.
Are there any circumstances where you may find yourself, that God cannot rescue you from?
* Are there any circumstances where you may find yourself, that God cannot resue you out from?
* Jonah quoted verse 8 when he was in the great fish () and then experienced that salvation.
Jonah quoted verse 8 when he was in the great fish and then experienced that salvation.
Jonah 2:9 NIV
But I, with shouts of grateful praise, will sacrifice to you. What I have vowed I will make good. I will say, ‘Salvation comes from the Lord.’ ”
We can be confident enough to claim victory before we are rescued.
Vision -God is in your details as well as the big picture, He's big enough to do both!
Vision -God is in your details as well as the big picture, He's big enough to do both!
Vision -God is in your details as well as the big picture, He's big enough to do both!

Take this with you...

Do you have comfort that when you face trials you are powerless to overcome, you have more that a wish working for you?
What painful issue do you need to take before God this morning?
Are you ready to admit your powerlessness and ask for His help?
State confidently in your heart and with your mouth that God will bring the victory!
Celebrate your victory by telling someone what God is doing for you.
Do you have comfort that when you face trials you are powerless to overcome, you have more that a wish working for you?
Do you have comfort that when you face trials you are powerless to overcome, you have more that a wish working for you?
Are you ready today to Admit you need a Savior because you are a sinner like the rest of us here?
Are you ready to believe in Jesus as the only hope you have for Salvation and the only pathway to God?
Will you confess this morning that Jesus is your Savior and Lord? Will you let Him control your life?
All the promises of God are for His children only. do you want to become a child of God's family today?
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