PSALM 62:1-12 “INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO HANDLE HARD TIMES
eg: Cockroach 🙂 & Or “Superstorm Sandy”
A) I read about a man that was sitting at home one evening when the doorbell rang!
* When he answered the door, a six-foot tall cockroach was standing there.
* The cockroach immediately punched him between the eyes and scampered off.
* The next evening, the man was sitting at home and once again the doorbell rang.
* When he answered the door there was that six-foot tall cockroach again.
* This time it punched him, kicked him, and karate chopped him before running away.
B) The third evening the man was sitting at home and once again his doorbell rang!
* He opened the door and once again there was that six-foot tall cockroach.
* This time it leapt at him and stabbed him several times.
* The gravely injured man managed to crawl to the telephone and call 911.
* An ambulance arrived and rushed him to the hospital.
C) As he was being treated at the hospital, the doctor asked what happened!
* The man explained about the six-foot cockroach.
* The doctor thought for a moment and said, “Yea, there is a nasty bug going around.”
D) There may be some of you that feel like a nasty bug is going around!
* There are times in life when it seems we are being kicked, punched, and stabbed by the events
and happenings of life.
* There are those hard times when life is pressing and distressing.
* Things are hard to deal with, hard to face, and hard to handle.
E) Psalm 62 was a Psalm written by David during a hard time in his life!
* The background of Psalm 62 is that anguishing time of Absalom’s rebellion.
* Absalom had been attempting to take the throne away from David and the conspiracy was
growing stronger each day. * It was a very disturbing and distressing time for David!
Background – 2 Samuel 15:30 And David went up by the ascent of mount Olivet, and wept as he went up, and had his head covered, and he went barefoot: and all the people that was with him covered every man his head, and they went up, weeping as they went up.
David is at a very disturbing and discouraging time in his life. His son, Absalom is seeking to forcefully ascend to his throne. At this point you would think that David may be bitter or questioning God… Quite the contrary… David uses this occasion to sing praises unto the Lord!
How is it that David could be so positive in this storm? How could he set forth an example of praise? That is what I would like to consider this evening.
What is the prescription for enduring a storm in your life? How can you survive.. what should you do? We find 3 things in this Psalm that I would like to consider. The first is:
** I. Wait Patiently v1-4
Respond by waiting upon the Lord! – Psalms 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen; I will be exalted in the earth.
** II. Walk Prayerfully v5
Paul said in -1 Thessalonians 5:17 Pray without ceasing.
** III. Worship Passionately v6-8
Let me give you 3 things that David instructs us to do when hard times come
(1) HOW WE SHOULD TURN TO THE LORD!
A) He Found Salvation In The Lord! * David says in v.1
B) He Found Security In The Lord! * David says in v.2,
C) He Found Strength In The Lord! * David says in v.2
(2) HOW WE SHOULD TRUST IN THE LORD!
* Notice v.8,“Trust in Him at all times; ye people.”
* David not only instructs us to turn to the Lord during hard times, but also to trust in the Lord!
A) A Trust That Is Continual! * Notice carefully in v.8
B) A Trust That Is Correct! * David not only tells us to trust in the Lord at all times …….
* But also gives instructions about trusting correctly! * We read in v.10, “Trust not in oppression,” * He tells us not to trust in that which cannot help us.
* We read in Psa. 20:7, “Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the
name of the Lord our God.”
* The middle verse of the Bible is Psa. 118:8 “It is better to trust in the Lord than to put
confidence in man.” * What should we do when hard times come?
* We should turn to the Lord and trust in the Lord!
* Now look at one final word of instruction given to us …….
3) HOW WE SHOULD TALK TO THE LORD! * Notice once again v.8:
* “Trust in Him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him:”
* I love this statement … My heart is blessed each time I read it.
A) We Are To Pour Out Our Hearts Freely!
B) We Are To Pour Out Our Hearts Fully! *
D) When you are going through hard times pour out your heart to the Lord!
* Turn to Him, trust in Him and talk to Him.
* That’s David’s instructions for the hard times!