by Stuart Briscoe

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NOTE: This sermon is part 7 and 8 of a 12 part sermon series. Two sermons outlines are included in this download.


Part 7: The Burning Heart
Series: Secrets of the Heart
Stuart Briscoe
Psalm 39

The circumstances of life are so often outside our control that we do not know how to cope. This can lead to anxiety, resentment and anger. If we do not handle these heart-felt feelings well we may suffer the worst kind of heartburn!

I. A Hasty Reaction. vv. 1-3

A. A commendable decision. v. 1
1. I'll watch my ways.

2. I'll muzzle my mouth.

B. A genuine concern.
1. I don't want to sin in my speaking.

2. I don't want to influence people in their hearing.

C. A misguided extreme. v. 2
1. I didn't say anything bad.

2. I didn't say anything good.

D. A predictable result. v. 3
1. My emotions became more inflamed.

2. My meditations became more infuriated.


Part 8: The Contrite Heart
Series: Secrets of the Heart
Stuart Briscoe
Psalm 51

David carried a deep dark secret in his heart that, until it was confronted and confessed, caused deep inner turmoil (see Psalm 32). When he finally dealt with it, he experienced spiritual restoration and renewal. How, exactly, this came about is outlined in this Psalm for our benefit.

I. A Cry for Forgiveness. vv. 1-2

A. An acknowledgement of sin.
1. Transgressions.

2. Iniquity.

3. Sin.

B. An admittance of unworthiness.
1. Forgiveness requested because of mercy…

2. …according to unfailing love and compassion. See Exodus 34:6-7

C. An appeal for forgiveness.
1. Blot out.

2. Wash away.

3. Cleanse me.

II. A Confession of Guilt. vv. 3-6

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