Dealing with Discouragement

Scripture Verses

Psalm 5:1-12

Outline

Turning discouragement into joy is a distinct privilege of believers. 

Sixteen Deadly “D’s” of the Devil

  1. Disappointment
  2. Discouragement
  3. Despair
  4. Doubt
  5. Disbelief
  6. Distraction
  7. Doublemindedness
  8. Dishonesty
  9. Deceit
  10. Dullness
  11. Deadness
  12. Delay
  13. Discord
  14. Defilement
  15. Defame
  16. Disobedience

The Plea in David’s Prayer – Verse 1-3

  • Notice the increase in intensity
    • Give ear, consider, hearken
    • Words, meditation, cry
  • Notice the anticipation of intervention
    • Directed – set in order, or put in a row
    • Expected – anticipates an answer
  • Notice the outlook of the inquirer
    • When outlook is dim, look up

The People in David’s Path – Verse 4-11

  • David describes the Lord’s holiness
  • David describes himself and his contrasting path
  • David describes the nature of his enemies
  • David describes the distinct privilege of believers

The Promise of David’s Prescription – Verse 12

  • The Blessings of God
    • Bestowing His favor
    • Providing His shield
  • Encourage yourself in the Lord
    • 1 Samuel 30:6

Pressing On

  • Recite to God your discouragement
  • Review God’s attributes
  • Remind yourself of God’s defense
  • Remember God’s promises
  • Restore your joy
  • Rehearse your encouragement before others
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