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When the Song Returns

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Ever feel like giving up? Well, you're not alone. We've all been there at some time about something. The Psalmist passed through many trials in his life. Let's find out how he expected his song to return.

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When the Song Returns

David had endured many trials.
1. Saul sought for him to end his life.
2. We all pass through trials and afflictions.
B. Some here today may feel like giving up. If we’re honest, we’ve all been there.
1. But don’t give up; look up.
2. Stop trembling and start trusting.
C. David expected his song to return.
Psalm 59:16–17 NKJV
16 But I will sing of Your power; Yes, I will sing aloud of Your mercy in the morning; For You have been my defense And refuge in the day of my trouble. 17 To You, O my Strength, I will sing praises; For God is my defense, My God of mercy.

He Expected to Sing of God’s Power (16)

Psalm 59:16 NKJV
16 But I will sing of Your power; Yes, I will sing aloud of Your mercy in the morning; For You have been my defense And refuge in the day of my trouble.
1. David said he would sing of God’s power.
a. God’s power is greater than our problems.
b. God is stronger than our adversaries.
c. We can rest in the power of God to deliver us.
2. David could remember powerful deliverances in the past.
a. He had been protected while watching his sheep. (1 Sam. 17:32-37)
1 Samuel 17:32–37 NKJV
32 Then David said to Saul, “Let no man’s heart fail because of him; your servant will go and fight with this Philistine.” 33 And Saul said to David, “You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him; for you are a youth, and he a man of war from his youth.” 34 But David said to Saul, “Your servant used to keep his father’s sheep, and when a lion or a bear came and took a lamb out of the flock, 35 I went out after it and struck it, and delivered the lamb from its mouth; and when it arose against me, I caught it by its beard, and struck and killed it. 36 Your servant has killed both lion and bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, seeing he has defied the armies of the living God.” 37 Moreover David said, “The Lord, who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” And Saul said to David, “Go, and the Lord be with you!”
b. He had been given power to defeat mighty Goliath (1 Sam. 17:45-50)
1 Samuel 17:45–50 NKJV
45 Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46 This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you and take your head from you. And this day I will give the carcasses of the camp of the Philistines to the birds of the air and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. 47 Then all this assembly shall know that the Lord does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord’s, and He will give you into our hands.” 48 So it was, when the Philistine arose and came and drew near to meet David, that David hurried and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine. 49 Then David put his hand in his bag and took out a stone; and he slung it and struck the Philistine in his forehead, so that the stone sank into his forehead, and he fell on his face to the earth. 50 So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone, and struck the Philistine and killed him. But there was no sword in the hand of David.
c. Memory enables us to draw on God’s faithfulness in the past.
3. Faith enables us to expect God to come through.

David Expected to Sing of God’s Mercy (16)

Psalm 59:16 NKJV
16 But I will sing of Your power; Yes, I will sing aloud of Your mercy in the morning; For You have been my defense And refuge in the day of my trouble.
1. David said he would sing aloud of God’s mercy.
2. “The greater our present trials the louder our future songs and the more intense our future gratitude will be” (C. H. Spurgeon)
3. God has been merciful to us all.
a. The cross announces the mercy of God to sinners (Titus 3:5)
Titus 3:5 NKJV
5 not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit,
b. The mercy of God ought to challenge us to service (Rom 12:1)
Romans 12:1 NKJV
1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.
4. David expected the protection of God to arrive in time (in the morning).
a. He believed God would protect him (“my defense”)
b. He trusted God to hide him from his enemies (“my…refuge”)

David Expected God to Give Him Strength (17)

Psalm 59:17 NKJV
17 To You, O my Strength, I will sing praises; For God is my defense, My God of mercy.
1. David would sing of God’s strength.
a. Here is confidence in God’s protection.
b. Here is a man convinced of deliverance.
2. Confidence in God’s power, mercy and strength brings a song.
a. “Oh, choice song! My soul shall sing it now and in defiance of all the dogs of hell” (C. H. Spurgeon)
b. Christians have no business living “under the circumstances”.
Conclusion:
A. Faith brings a song before deliverance arrives.
B. We can be triumphant in trials because God is alive.
C. Our living Lord will make our song return. (1 Cor. 15:57-58)
1 Corinthians 15:57–58 NKJV
57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
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