by Jeff Schreve

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Dark Times (1 of 8)
Series: Roller Coaster - Facing the Ups and Downs of Life
Jeff Schreve
Psalm 13:1-6

What a great, great time of worship. The Lord is present with us as we worship Him in spirit and truth, and it's exciting.

Well, if you have your Bible, please turn to Psalm chapter 13. We're starting a series today on selected Psalms, and we're calling this series, ''Roller Coaster: Facing the Ups and Downs of Life.''

Now how many in this room have ever ridden on a roller coaster, can I see your hand? Okay. How many in here would say, ''I'm never again going to ride on a roller coaster?'' Okay, a lot of hands go up. How many in here can remember the first time they went on a roller coaster? Anybody remember the first time? My first time, when I was in 7th grade, we went to Astro World, which is now Six Flags. But it was the first time I was on a roller coaster, and it was fairly mild compared to the roller coasters of today.

But, you know, roller coasters are just a few minutes long and they are thrilling and exciting and frightening all at the same time, all kind of rolled up into one. And I found a video of a brother who took his mother and his younger brother on a roller coaster, and I think it was his younger brother Evan's first time ever on a roller coaster.

He said he almost had a heart attack. Well, I think we can relate to that. You know, life is a lot like that roller coaster. It has ups and it has downs, and it has twists and turns and thrills and chills, and then you even go through some dark times.

We're going to look at the Psalms. And one of the reasons we want to look at the Psalms for this series is because Psalms are so true to life. You know, David wrote lots of the Psalms. And in the Psalms he just lets it all hang out. He tells you what's going on inside. He kind of peels back the layers and just says, ''This is how I'm feeling.''

I had a friend of mine. He said one time, ''You know, you can sum up the Book of Psalm ...

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