Broken by Pressure (10 of 12) by Stephen Whitney

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Broken by Pressure (10 of 12)
Series: Songs of the Broken Hearted
Stephen Whitney
Psalm 69:14-21

Dr. Sidney Lecker in The Stress of Life made these observations:
Stress is the wear and tear caused by life.
Stress results in biological changes in our body such as:
exhaustion, high blood pressure and tension.
Stress is dangerous when it is prolonged too long
it or occurs too often.

Stress results in pressure and that makes our life difficult so we
can end up feeling: angry, frustrated, pressured or troubled.

Raymond Edman in The Disciples of Life (1948) wrote:
Pressed out of measure and pressed to all length;
Pressed so intensely, it seems beyond strength;
Pressed in the body and pressed in the soul;
Pressed in the mind, till the dark surges roll.
Pressure by foes, and pressure by friends -
Pressure on pressure, till life nearly ends.

Pressed into knowing no helper but God;
Pressed into loving the staff and the rod.
Pressed into liberty where nothing clings;
Pressed into faith for impossible things.

It does not matter what you call it, but when we are under
pressure or stress we need to call out to God for his help.

HUMBLED BY CIRCUMSTANCES :14-15
Sinking fast :14
Deliver me - is another cry for deliverance (:1 save me).
Deliver - Heb. to take or snatch away.
I Samuel 17:34 Before David went to fight Goliath told king Saul, “God delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.”

God had protected David in the past and now he is asking God to once again deliver him from the present trouble he is now facing.
This is more desperate or intense than his opening cry, Save me.
He feels that because so many have turned against him including his brothers (:8) that God is the only one who can save him now.

There is a saying that expresses our complete dependence on God, “I didn’t know God was all I needed, until God was all I had.”

Once again he describes his s ...


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