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Relief for Lonely Hearts

Relief for Lonely Hearts

How are you coping with our present distress? Are the days beginning to run together? Some of us may be asking: How do I handle my kids? What am I going to do now that I am laid off? Is my business going to fail? What if I get sick? I feel so lonely. I miss everyone. How do we make Scripture come alive so our hearts can be reassured?

Understanding Psalm 142.

  1. The heading for this psalm identifies that David wrote this in the cave. 
  2. The Psalm is a cry of loneliness. David is completely overwhelmed.

How David Handled His Emotions

  1. How does he feel?
    1. 142.1 - he is very emotional. With my voice I cry out to the Lord.
    2. 142.3 - he is overwhelmed. My spirit faints within me
    3. 142.4 - he is alone. There is none who takes notice of me.
    4. 142.6a - he is depressed. Attend to my cry, for I am brought very low.
    5. 142.6b - he is defeated. For they are too strong for me.
  2. What does David show us in coping with loneliness?
    1. He verbalizes his emotions:
      1. 142.1 - he cries. 142.2a - he pours out.
      2. 142.2b - he tells. (reveals / declares)
    2. David visualizes his emotions.
      1. 142.3b - a hidden trap.
      2. 142.4 - he feels completely exposed. there is no refuge for me.
      3. But, see how he looks at God: 142.5a - the Lord is his shelter.
      4. 142.7a - The Lord will free him from prison.

David’s Confidence in God’s Care

  1. 142.3 - David’s confidence in God: You know my way … in the path where I walk… 
  2. 142.5, 7 - David realizes God’s provision.
    1. 142.5 - God was David’s refuge. And what a refuge He is! 
    2. 142.7 - David had complete trust in Go for you will deal bountifully with me.

How Jesus’ Promise in John 14 Can Help

  1. Jesus’ promise of he’ll be with us is especially relevant as we close our lesson today.
  2. John 14.3 - And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be alsoIt shifts the focus from place to person.
    1. His aim is for the apostles to trust Him. I am with you.
    2. 14.7 CSB: If you know me, you will also know my Father. From now on you do know him and have seen him.

Conclusion:

  1. Where is Jesus now? I can’t see him. I feel so alone.
    1. John 14.16-17 - there is a general promise for all believers here. 
    2. Romans 8.9-10 - God is with you. Jesus is with you. The Spirit is in you.
  2. John 14.18 - I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.
    1. Matthew 28.20 is fulfilled. I am with you always, to the end of the age.
    2. As we struggle with isolation, monotony, and the resulting loneliness … He is with us.
  3. Will you trust Him?
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