by Stuart Briscoe

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NOTE: This sermon is part 1 and 2 of a 12 part sermon series. Two sermons outlines are included in this download.


Part 1: The Joyful Heart
Series: Secrets of the Heart
Stuart Briscoe
Psalm 4

Life was not easy for the Psalmist. He spoke openly about its disappointments. But he knew what to do with them, and while the causes of the anguish did not go away he was able to experience such joy and peace that he even began to sleep well at night! How did he do it?

I. Approaching God in Prayer. v. 1

A. Addressing the right Person-"the Lord." (cf. "false gods." v. 2)

B. Approaching on the right basis.
1. "God of my righteousness."
a. Self-righteousness won't do it.

2. "The Lord has set apart the godly for himself." v. 3
a. "The godly." ("Hasid" is related to "Hesed.")

b. Those who experience the loving faithfulness of God.

c. Those who express a faithful love for God.

d. Those who revel in being "set apart" for God.

e. Those who are happy to belong to Him-"for himself."

C. Asking the right things.
1. "Answer me when I call."

2. "Give me relief (lit. "room").


Part 2: The Sorrowful Heart
Series: Secrets of the Heart
Stuart Briscoe
Psalm 13

The Psalmist had been experiencing extreme difficulties for a long time. His emotional and spiritual resources were running low. He expressed his concerns to the Lord, but his faith held fast. And he learned from his times of trouble.

I. A Sorrowful Complaint. vv. 1 2

A. A physical problem?
1. The possibility of "sleep in death." v. 3

2. The thought that his "enemy" might "overcome him." v. 4

B. An emotional response.
1. Discouragement…"How long?"
a. The never ending problem.

b. The "no solution" situation.

2. Confusion…"Wrestle with my thoughts."
a. Seeking for answers.

b. Looking for reasons.

3. Impatience…"Every day I have sorrow."
a. No relief.

b. No hope.

4. Fear…"My foes will rejoice when I fall." v. 4
a. "My enemy."
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