by John Barnett

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Life in the Minor Key (24 of 29)
Series: Christ Our Refuge
John Barnett

Most of the Bible seems to be lived in the major key. Saints fearlessly witnessing, churches valiantly serving against all odds--and what a joy those sections are to our souls.
But side-by-side with all that is the minor key. God's Word contains true glimpses into the weaknesses and frailties that God understands and shows us in the lives of some of His greatest saints. These are men and women who were sad, discouraged, and depressed--yet the Lord does not correct them and tell them they are in sin. He just encourages them and helps them go on.
Life in the minor key--is it always sin that makes us depressed? Is it always a sin to be depressed? No is the answer from God's Word.
We have come to Psalm 142, and as you open there with me we enter into David struggling with depression. In verse seven he asks the Lord to bring his soul out of prison. The cave, the pursuit of Saul, the men and all their troubles had locked him down emotionally--it was keeping him from the joy of his walk with the Lord he loved.
• Psalm 142:7 "Bring my soul out of prison, that I may praise Your name; the righteous shall surround me, for You shall deal bountifully with me."(NKJV)
• Psalm 142:7 "Set me free from my prison, that I may praise your name. Then the righteous will gather about me because of your goodness to me." (NIV)
• Psalm 142:7 "Bring my soul out of prison, So that I may give thanks to Thy name; the righteous will surround me, for Thou wilt deal bountifully with me." (NASB)
What do Paul, Ezra, Hezekiah, Job, Elijah, Moses, Jeremiah, Jonah and David all share in common with us today? They were all spirit filled servants of the Lord, and they all struggled with negative emotions.
Our question to answer this morning from God's Word is--can believers struggle with emotional problems and still be spirit filled servants of the Lord?
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