Living and Working with a Tough Crowd (23 of 29) by John Barnett

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Living and Working with a Tough Crowd (23 of 29)
Series: Christ Our Refuge
John Barnett

In Psalm 57, David was called to live with a tough crowd. They were with him morning, noon, and night. He couldn't escape them. It would have been easier to just walk away from the whole situation, but that was not God's plan.
God's Word affirms four truths this morning. Life is hard, pain is real, suffering is unavoidable and weariness with life is normal. That is what David found, and that is what most people who are honest will tell you.
Job 5:7 Yet man is born to trouble, As the sparks fly upward.
Acts 14:22 strengthening the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith, and saying, "We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God."
2 Timothy 3:12 Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer (lit. 'will be pursued by) persecution.
1 Peter 4:12-14 Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial (#4451 purosis roasting in fire) which is to try (#3986 peirosmos tempt) you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: 13But rejoice (present active imperative) inasmuch as ye are partakers (#2841 koinoneo verb of fellowship koinonia) of Christ's sufferings (pathema from pathos feelings); that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. 14If ye be reproached (#3679 oneidizo throw in teeth) for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.
So what are we to do when our personal troubles intersect with our work or school life? The answer is found in God's Word.
Look at the introduction to Psalm 57. Where is David? Yes, entering the cave.
Now look at Psalm 142. Where is he now? Living in the cave.
Remember that these two Psalms are the turning point in David's life. These are the crucible where we see his character refined more ...

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