1. THE REFLECTION OF HIS PAST DEVOTION
a) The Place He Faithfully Attended
b) The People He Joyfully Followed
c) The Praise He Gratefully Offered
2. THE DESCRIPTION OF HIS PRESENT DISCOURAGEMENT
a) How Depressed He Was
b) How Disquieted He Was
3. THE EXPECTATION OF HIS FUTURE DELIVERANCE
a) His Prayer for God's Help
b) His Praise for God's Help
1. There is a story that the Devil was having a yard sale and was selling all his tools. They were all marked with different prices. There was hatred, jealously, deceit, lying, pride, plus many other tools the devil uses against Christians. Over to the side was a tool that was obviously worn than any of the other tools. It was also the most costly.
2. When asked what the tool was and why it was so much more expensive than the others, he answered, "That is discouragement. It is worn more than others and costs more because it is more useful to me than any other tool. When I can't bring down my victims with any of the rest of these tools, I use discouragement."
3. The great missionary Amy Carmichael said, "Everywhere the perpetual endeavor of the enemy of souls is discouragement. If he can get the soul 'under the weather,' he wins." Perhaps, there is nothing that Satan uses any more to defeat a Christian than discouragement. Who among us has not been discouraged?
4. William Carey, the father of the modern mission movement was as faithful to call of God as any man I have read about. He never let anything stop him. He perservered in spite of all the hardships he encountered. As one writer said, "He was no more deterred by tragedies than a locomotive by butterflies." Nonetheless, there were times when he suffered what one biographer called "sheer black depression."
5. I recently read that Charles Spurgeon, often referred to as the Prince of Preachers, was so plagued by discouragement and depression that he tendered his resignation thirty-two times in thirty-nine years.
6. The saintly A.W.Tozer whose books still provides inspiration and benefit to the body of Christ, was not beyond discouragement. Erwin Lutzer, who knew him personally said, "This man, who knew God so intimately, had days when he was so discouraged he felt he could not continue as a minister. A man who instructed thousands in the deep things of God often felt he was a miserable failure."
7. Yes, we all have been discouraged. It may be there is a discouraged soul in this place today. I want to draw your attention to Psalm 42 where we see the Psalmist deeply discouraged. As we look at the Psalm and the Psalmist, I believe there are truths that we can glean that will help us in our times of discouragement.
8. As you look at Psalm 42, you find the Psalmist moving between the past, the present, and the future. For example, in verse 4 he says "for I had." He is speaking in the past tense. In verse 5 he says, "Why art thou." He is speaking in the present tense. Also in v ...
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