by Stuart Briscoe

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NOTE: This sermon is part 9 and 10 of a 12 part sermon series. Two sermons outlines are included in this download.


Part 9: The Steadfast Heart
Series: Secrets of the Heart
Stuart Briscoe
Psalm 57

We tend to think of the heart as the seat of the emotions. The Bible sees it as the center of being-the part of a person that discerns, desires and decides. A steadfast heart makes "settled, fixed, loyal" decisions about the Lord. But how?

I. The Steadfast Heart in the Place of Disaster.

A. David's relationships.
1. David's popularity.
a. With Jonathan. 1 Samuel 18:1

b. With the people. 1 Samuel 18:7

2. Saul's perversity.
a. His insane jealousy. 1 Samuel 18:8

b. His insane rage. 1 Samuel 18:0-11; 20:33

c. His insane pursuit. 1 Samuel 24:2

B. David's predicaments.
1. Knowing where to go-Gath, Adullam, Mizpah, Hereth.

2. Knowing what to do.
a. Knowing who to listen to? 1 Samuel 24:4; 26:8

b. Discerning God's will. 1 Samuel 23:2

c. Waiting for God to act. 1 Samuel 22:2

3. Knowing how to cope. 1 Samuel 22:2

C. David's options.
1. What he could have done.


Part 10: The Wise Heart
Series: Secrets of the Heart
Stuart Briscoe
Psalm 90

There are two inescapable realities-death and evil. That's why we have Court TV and Dr. Kevorkian, cemeteries and police, healthcare reform and crime bills. Moses, the man of God, said in this Psalm that if we are to address these realities-and we must-we need to ask the Lord for "a heart of wisdom."

I. Re-affirmation of Basic Beliefs. vv. 1-2

A. The existence of "Adonai"-"Lord, Master."

B. The experience of "Adonai."
1. A dwelling place-despite the wilderness.

2. For all generations-the history of the covenant people.

C. The eternal nature of "Adonai."
1. God of creation.

2. God of the ages.

II. Reflection on Basic Issues. vv. 3-11

A. The brevity of life in the light of eternity. vv. 3-6
1. Our earthly destiny is to return to dust. v. 3

2. Our earthly life is relatively brief. v. 4
a. God inhabits eternity.

b. We rent time.
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