Sunday, April 3, 2016

Defeated, Demoralized and Overcome

Introduction:

Have you ever felt defeated demoralized and overcome? Well, we all have at one point in our lives. But, the question is:  what do we do when these times come? How must we respond to these hurtful situations?

If you will join me in Psalm 60, we will receive some clear directional instruction from the Holy Spirit, today. The Bible says, To the choirmaster: according to Shushan Eduth. A Miktam of David; for instruction; when he strove with Aram-naharaim and with Aram-zobah, and when Joab on his return struck down twelve thousand of Edom in the Valley of Salt. 

O God, you have rejected us, broken our defenses; you have been angry; oh, restore us. You have made the land to quake; you have torn it open; repair its breaches, for it totters. You have made your people see hard things; you have given us wine to drink that made us stagger.You have set up a banner for those who fear you that they may flee to it from the bow. That your beloved ones may be delivered, give salvation by your right hand and answer us!God has spoken in his holiness: “With exultation I will divide up Shechem and portion out the Vale of Succoth.Gilead is mine; Manasseh is mine; Ephraim is my helmet; Judah is my scepter. 8 Moab is my washbasin; upon Edom I cast my shoe; over Philistia I shout in triumph.” Who will bring me to the fortified city? Who will lead me to Edom? 10 Have you not rejected us, O God? You do not go forth, O God, with our armies. 11 Oh, grant us help against the foe, for vain is the salvation of man! 12 With God we shall do valiantly; it is he who will tread down our foes.

Outline:  So, when we are defeated, demoralized and overcome, what is the instruction of God to be received in those times?

  1. We must remember the times of great spiritual victory.

Psalm 60

To the choirmaster: according to Shushan Eduth. A Miktam of David; for instruction; when he strove with Aram-naharaim and with Aram-zobah, and when Joab on his return struck down twelve thousand of Edom in the Valley of Salt.

  1. We must be honest about the depths of our soul.

Psalm 60

1 O God, you have rejected us, broken our defenses; you have been angry; oh, restore us. You have made the land to quake; you have torn it open; repair its breaches, for it totters. You have made your people see hard things; you have given us wine to drink that made us stagger. 

  1. We must read, learn and follow the assurance of the Lord.

Psalm 60

God has spoken in his holiness: “With exultation I will divide up Shechem and portion out the Vale of Succoth.Gilead is mine; Manasseh is mine; Ephraim is my helmet; Judah is my scepter. 8 Moab is my washbasin; upon Edom I cast my shoe; over Philistia I shout in triumph.”Who will bring me to the fortified city? Who will lead me to Edom? 10 Have you not rejected us, O God? You do not go forth, O God, with our armies. 11 Oh, grant us help against the foe, for vain is the salvation of man! 12 With God we shall do valiantly; it is he who will tread down our foes. 

  1. We must run to our spiritual standards of discipline for help.

Psalm 60

You have set up a banner for those who fear you that they may flee to it from the bow. That your beloved ones may be delivered, give salvation by your right hand and answer us!