by Claude Thomas


Introduction: After Gettysburg, General Lee said to Jefferson Davis, "We must expect reverses, even defeats. They are sent to teach us wisdom and prudence, to call forth greater energies, and to prevent our falling into greater disasters."

Troubles come, and they pass. We want to get out of troubles, but what can we get out of them? We can get the best out of trouble when we affirm that:

I. God is on our side, v. 1

Explanation: Expectancy - "God is our refuge and strength" = a high tower or place of protection. The Psalmist expected God to securely protect him. The reason? God had been tried and proven! Having been through the throes of trouble and experienced the triumph of the Lord, the Psalmist declared God was on his side!

The picture is that of one being pursued by enemies and fleeing to the security of a protected place. In this case -- God is Protector!

Application: In time of trouble, withdraw to God ...
1) To pray - spread out the problem before God.

Illustration: Hezekiah/Sennacherib - 701 BC

Illustration: "Tell it to Jesus, tell it to Jesus."

Application: For perspective - essential to get the best out of trouble. See it from God's point of view.

Illustration: A man never understood what another was going through until he got behind him and saw what the other was facing.

Application: See it as God does. A new view.

Application: For power - in trouble, God gives us a vision of what He wants -- in His protective presence we receive the power to do what He give us to do.

Transition Statement: In trouble, God is on our side. He is also ...

II. By our side, vv. 4-7

Explanation: The context of verses 4-7 reflect a city under siege ... possib ...

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