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Rev. Carl H. Kemp, Pastor

Calamity of Life

January 14, 20067

 

Psalm 4

In the first 3 Psalms David reminds us that a key to blessing is
Behaving (Psa 1:1 NIV) Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers.
Believing (Psa 2:12 NIV) Kiss the Son, lest he be angry and you be destroyed in your way, for his wrath can flare up in a moment. Blessed are all who take refuge in him.
Belonging (Psa 3:8 NIV) From the LORD comes deliverance. May your blessing be on your people. 

David seems to be reflecting on the death of his son Absalom in Psalm 4.
David mourned the loss of his son but realized that he could not stay there.
The LORD lifted David above his circumstances. 

1. Salvation Enlarged David greater than his Distress v. 1
The work of God that made David bigger than our circumstances was
Righteousness "O God of my righteousness"
Faithfulness "Thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress"
Mercy "have mercy upon me and hear my prayer"p>
 

2. Soul winning Elevate us above Defiance v. 2-5
   God a) Cautions those who ignore Him v. 2, 3
   God b) Corrects those who seek Him. v. 4, 5 

3. Security Enlightens us out of Discouragement v. 6-8
    God's light came from the:
       Face of God v. 6
       Filling of God   v. 7 and
      Faithfulness of God v.8

 

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