by Stuart Briscoe

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NOTE: This sermon is part 11 and 12 of a 12 part sermon series. Two sermons outlines are included in this download.


Part 11: The Joy of Sharing
Series: The Pursuit of Happiness
Stuart Briscoe
Psalm 45

This wedding song was written for a festive occasion but was apparently intended for use by succeeding generations (See v. 17). This fact, coupled with the application of the Psalm to Christ (see Hebrews 1:8-9), allows us to apply its exuberant message today.

I. The Joy of Sharing. vv. 1, 17

A. The exposure to a noble theme.

B. The exuberance of a stirred heart.

C. The experience of a responsive person.

D. The expertise of a practiced tongue.

II. The Sharing of Joy. vv. 2-16

A. Joyous appreciation of the bridegroom. vv. 2-9
1. The Bridegroom's humanity. v. 2
a. The greatness of His life.

b. The graciousness of His lips.

2. The Bridegroom's majesty. vv. 3-5


Part 12: When You've Lost Your Joy
Series: The Pursuit of Happiness
Stuart Briscoe
Psalm 51

David's experience with Bathsheba and the resultant consequences constitute a desperate low point in his life. That he lost his joy is understandable. That he recovered it is reassuring and encouraging. What do we need to do in similar circumstances?

I. We Need to Find the Reasons. 2 Samuel 12:1-14

A. David had pursued happiness in self-indulgence.
1. Successfulness led to laziness.

2. Laziness led to selfishness.

3. Selfishness led to wantonness.

4. Wantonness led to willfulness.

5. Willfulness led to sinfulness.

B. David had pursued happiness in self-delusion.
1. He would not be caught-but he was.

2. He would not be accountable-but he was.

3. He could handle the situation-but he couldn't.

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