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December 24, 2016
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The Connection with Skip Heitzig

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  • Make a connection.
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  • Make a connection at the foot of the cross.
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  • female: Hello, and welcome to "The Connection"
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  • with Skip Heitzig.
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  • Our series is called "Playlist."
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  • Pastor Skip Heitzig scrolls through the Psalms,
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  • tapping into a number of songs that wrestle with and relish in
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  • the very nature of God and his relationship with mankind.
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  • Before we start, we'd like to hear from you.
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  • Tell us how this message has encouraged you by emailing us
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  • at MyStory@CalvaryAbq.org.
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  • And if you would like to support this ministry financially,
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  • at the end of the broadcast we'll tell you about a valuable
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  • resource available to you for your gift to "The Connection."
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  • When suffering strikes, it may feel like a nuclear bomb
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  • just hit your life.
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  • The question is how do you deal with the fallout?
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  • Let's find out what the Bible has to say as we follow along
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  • with Skip in Psalm 42 and 43.
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  • male announcer: Pastor Skip Heitzig scrolls through the
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  • Psalms, exploring the very nature of God and his
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  • relationship with humankind in the series "Playlist."
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  • When suffering strikes, it may feel like a nuclear bomb
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  • just hit your life.
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  • The question is how do you deal with the fallout?
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  • In the message "Radioactive," Pastor Skip explains how to deal
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  • with difficult circumstances and the spiritual depression
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  • that can follow.
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  • Skip Heitzig: Well, the psalm we're about to read,
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  • actually two psalms, Psalm 42 and 43,
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  • we're about to read the lyrics, essentially,
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  • of an ancient worship song.
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  • That's what the psalms of David and the other psalms
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  • in this book were used as.
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  • They were used as part of the corporate,
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  • public worship of ancient Israel.
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  • But what is amazing to me is the theme that is in a worship song.
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  • The theme of these two psalms is essentially depression,
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  • and I just wonder what the choir thought when they were given
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  • the lyrics to this hymn to sing.
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  • I'm entitling this message "Radioactive," because
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  • it's reminiscent of a modern song that you heard
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  • by Imagine Dragons, "Radioactive."
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  • And when the lead singer, Dan Reynolds,
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  • and he was also the co-author of the song,
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  • when he was interviewed by "Rolling Stone" magazine and
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  • they asked him about the meaning of the song,
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  • he said, essentially, it's about his own personal struggle
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  • with anxiety and depression.
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  • And so are these psalms that we are dealing with here.
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  • I'll give you a little bit more background before
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  • or after we read them.
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  • But turn to Psalm 42 and 43.
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  • And if you don't mind, this morning I wanna follow a more
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  • traditional practice and I'm gonna have to you stand
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  • as I read these two psalms.
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  • Some churches will do this to show a respect for the Word
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  • of God and stating their belief that they trust
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  • in the authority of Scripture.
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  • "As the deer pants for the water brooks,
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  • so pants my soul for you, O God.
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  • My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
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  • When shall I come and appear before God?
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  • My tears have been my food day and night,
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  • while they continually say to me,
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  • 'Where is your God?'
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  • When I remember these things,
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  • I pour out my soul within me.
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  • For I used to go with the multitude;
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  • I went with them to the house of God,
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  • with the voice of joy and praise,
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  • with a multitude that kept a pilgrim feast.
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  • Why are you cast down, O my soul?
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  • And why are you disquieted within me?
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  • Hope in God, for I shall yet praise him
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  • for the help of his countenance.
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  • O my God, my soul is cast down within me;
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  • therefore I will remember you from the land of the Jordan,
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  • and from the heights of Hermon, from the Hill Mizar.
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  • Deep calls unto deep at the noise of your waterfalls;
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  • all your waves and billows have gone over me.
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  • The Lord will command his lovingkindness in the daytime,
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  • and in the night his song shall be with me--a prayer
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  • to the God of my life.
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  • I will say to my Rock, 'Why have you forgotten me?
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  • Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of my enemy?' As
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  • with a breaking of my bones, my enemies reproach me,
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  • while they say to me all day long,
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  • 'Where is your God?'
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  • Why are you cast down, O my soul?
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  • And why are you disquieted within me?
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  • Hope in God; I shall yet praise him,
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  • the help of my countenance and my God.
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  • Vindicate me, O God, and plead my cause against an ungodly
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  • nation; oh, deliver me from the deceitful and unjust man!
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  • For you are the God of my strength;
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  • why do you cast me off?
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  • Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?
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  • Oh, send out your light and your truth!
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  • Let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy hill
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  • and to your tabernacle.
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  • Then I will go to the altar of God,
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  • to God my exceeding joy; and on the harp I will praise you,
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  • O God, my God.
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  • Why are you cast down, O my soul?
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  • And why are you disquieted within me?
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  • Hope in God; for I shall yet praise him,
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  • the help of my countenance and my God.
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  • Let's pray before we have a seat.
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  • Father, we stand in your presence this morning as a token
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  • that we not only respect the Scripture,
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  • but that we stand our very lives,
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  • we stake our very souls upon what you have revealed to us.
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  • We stand in your presence so thankful for honest expressions
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  • like the ones that we find in Psalm 42 and 43.
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  • And we pray, Lord, that your Holy Spirit would help us to not
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  • only understand the meaning but to apply the truth.
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  • It's in Jesus' name we pray.
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  • Amen. Please have a seat.
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  • The theme of these two psalms is essentially what I'm calling
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  • "spiritual depression."
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  • Now I did not come about with that phrase.
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  • It was a phrase coined by another pastor,
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  • Dr. D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones.
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  • Dr. Lloyd-Jones was a medical doctor who became a pastor
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  • after G. Campbell Morgan of the great
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  • Westminster Chapel in London, England,
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  • and he wrote one of his greatest books ever entitled
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  • "Spiritual Depression."
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  • Originally, Psalm 42 and 43, we believe,
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  • were the same unit, the same song.
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  • Or, that you have Psalm 42, and then as an appendix
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  • to it you have Psalm 43.
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  • And here's why.
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  • The same language is used in both psalms,
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  • the same chorus, if you will.
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  • We have in the first psalm a verse followed by a chorus,
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  • a second verse followed by the same chorus,
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  • and then in the next psalm the third verse followed
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  • by the same chorus.
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  • So verse 1 the psalmist sings about dryness, in verse 1.
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  • In the second verse he sings about drowning.
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  • That's the metaphor he uses.
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  • And in the third verse he sings about being dejected.
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  • If you will notice at the beginning of Psalm 42,
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  • the part we did not read says, "To the Chief Musician.
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  • A Contemplation of the sons of Korah."
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  • Now let me jog your memory back to Numbers chapter 16,
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  • when there was a guy named Korah,
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  • and he and 250 of his buddies rebelled against Moses'
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  • authority, and God simply had the ground open up
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  • and swallow them all till they died.
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  • That was his answer to that.
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  • Well, his sons survived, according to Numbers chapter 26,
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  • and we have the descendants of those sons
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  • that are represented here.
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  • Essentially, it was their job to conduct the public worship in
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  • Israel, and there are 11 psalms that are ascribed
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  • to the sons of Korah.
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  • Now what is the occasion of these psalms?
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  • What's the background?
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  • We don't know for sure, but we could venture a guess.
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  • Some scholars believe that when David fled Jerusalem
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  • because of the rebellion of his son Absalom--again,
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  • I'm jogging your memory to 2 Samuel chapter 15.
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  • When David left that he brought with him one of the sons
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  • of Korah, this Levite who wrote these psalms.
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  • And here they are out away from Jerusalem,
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  • longing to get back, and this Levite,
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  • one of the sons of Korah, longs to return
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  • and writes these psalms.
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  • Well, we don't know for sure, but essentially the theme of
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  • these psalms is a person struggling and struggling
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  • with God to make sense of the experience
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  • that he's had in his life.
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  • It is spiritual depression.
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  • It's what the ancients used to call the
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  • "dark night of the soul."
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  • Whatever you wanna call it: having a bad day,
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  • being down, having the blues, being depressed.
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  • Some of you know what it's like to have your zest for life
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  • vanish, to have simple tasks feel like impossible demands,
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  • to have spiritual energy gone, to have words like "hope" and
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  • "joy" become nothing more than just words without real meaning.
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  • In a word, you are radioactive. That's how you feel.
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  • You have been exposed to catastrophic events that make
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  • you feel this way.
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  • So I wanna look at in these two psalms the reasons for it
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  • and the remedies for spiritual depression,
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  • the reasons and the remedies.
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  • But I wanna begin by just laying a little bit of groundwork.
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  • I wanna first talk about the reality of it.
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  • You've all heard of the four spiritual laws,
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  • I'm sure, in your Christian life.
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  • Well, I wanna give you the three spiritual flaws,
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  • not the four spiritual laws.
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  • These are three spiritual flaws when it comes to this issue
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  • of depression that I just wanna overturn.
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  • Flaw number one: "It's all in your head.
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  • It's not really real.
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  • You just think it's real.
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  • It's all in your imagination."
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  • That's flaw number one.
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  • So let me be quick to answer that by quoting what
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  • the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta says about it.
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  • According to their findings, they write that 9% of American
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  • adults are struggling with feelings of hopelessness
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  • and despondency and/or guilt that generate a diagnosis
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  • of depression, 9%.
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  • Moreover, they state at any given time 3% of adults
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  • have major depression, a long-lasting,
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  • severe form of depression.
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  • Did you know the Bible says that we are fearfully
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  • and wonderfully made?
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  • And that implies, besides the obvious,
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  • it implies the fact that we are very complex beings,
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  • and we're held together in a very delicate balance,
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  • which means a lot can go wrong.
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  • And certain factors like genetics,
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  • or family history, or personality factors,
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  • stress, and biochemical disturbances,
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  • all can add to those feelings.
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  • For instance, if there is an imbalance in your
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  • brain chemistry, the neurotransmitters,
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  • those chemical messengers that work inside your brain,
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  • if something is askew, you can feel a certain way
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  • because of it.
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  • So if your serotonin level is low,
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  • that will disrupt sleep patterns.
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  • It will increase anxiety.
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  • If your norepinephrine levels are low,
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  • it will produce fatigue and a depressive mood can follow.
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  • If there's an increased level of the hormone cortisol,
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  • it will intensify your reaction to fear and to stress.
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  • All that so say your brain is a real organ,
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  • and so to deny the possibility of clinical depression
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  • is flat-out wrong and certainly unhelpful.
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  • So that's flaw number one: "It's all in your head.
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  • You're just imagining it."
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  • Flaw number two: well, Christians should never
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  • be depressed.
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  • If you believe that, by the way, never read the book of Psalms,
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  • you'll just be disappointed, 'cause the guys
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  • who write this are all over the emotional map.
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  • They're on a high and then they're crashing,
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  • in the same psalm sometimes.
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  • And some people will paint a false picture about coming
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  • to Christ, however.
  • 00:13:52.270 --> 00:13:54.260
  • They will say, "Just come to Jesus and life's problems
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  • will be automatically solved.
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  • You'll always be healthy. You'll always be wealthy.
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  • You'll always be happy."
  • 00:14:06.200 --> 00:14:09.240
  • And they feel the necessity to plaster a fake smile.
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  • "How you doing, brother? Good.
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  • I actually go to sleep just like this."
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  • That certainly is not helpful.
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  • Yes, we have resources the world does not have.
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  • Certainly, we have the joy of the Lord,
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  • which is our strength.
  • 00:14:29.020 --> 00:14:30.140
  • But being phony or portraying a certain emotion as something
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  • that happens all the time is wrong.
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  • In fact, let me also say that in some cases coming to Christ
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  • actually makes the road rougher.
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  • Think of Christians in countries where persecution is huge
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  • because a person gives their life to Christ.
  • 00:14:51.180 --> 00:14:53.060
  • Think of the audience that Peter wrote to
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  • when we studied "Rock Solid."
  • 00:14:54.220 --> 00:14:57.070
  • They received Christ and life got instantly more difficult for
  • 00:14:57.080 --> 00:15:01.060
  • them, adding stress and pressure.
  • 00:15:01.070 --> 00:15:03.270
  • So those two flaws. It's all in your head.
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  • Number two, Christians should never be depressed.
  • 00:15:07.040 --> 00:15:09.240
  • Flaw number three: if you are depressed,
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  • it means you are unspiritual or at least immature.
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  • If you believe that, you will have a hard time with most--all
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  • of the Bible, and most of the heroes of the Bible.
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  • Some of the great spiritual men and women of faith in the Bible,
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  • like David, who said, "My soul is in anguish.
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  • O Lord, how long?"
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  • In Psalm 6, David said, "I make my bed swim with tears."
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  • Elijah the prophet, spiritual guy,
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  • when he ran from Queen Jezebel out in the desert,
  • 00:15:47.200 --> 00:15:50.210
  • he said, "It is enough. O Lord, take my life."
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  • That's suicidal.
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  • Job, the last time I checked God said he was the most righteous
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  • person living on earth at the time.
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  • "Job opened his mouth and cursed the day of his birth."
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  • You gotta feel pretty low to do that.
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  • Then there was Paul the apostle in the New Testament,
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  • who said he was burdened beyond measure,
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  • above strength, so that he despaired even of life.
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  • All of them great spiritual people.
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  • Over the years you've heard me quote,
  • 00:16:25.200 --> 00:16:28.050
  • probably almost every week, one of my favorite,
  • 00:16:28.060 --> 00:16:30.290
  • quotable pastors, Charles Haddon Spurgeon.
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  • Ever since I was a young believer,
  • 00:16:34.060 --> 00:16:35.210
  • I just loved how he said words.
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  • It's like, wow, people don't talk like that.
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  • He's so quotable.
  • 00:16:40.040 --> 00:16:41.250
  • But then I discovered that Charles Haddon Spurgeon also
  • 00:16:41.260 --> 00:16:46.000
  • suffered severe bouts of depression,
  • 00:16:46.010 --> 00:16:49.270
  • and he confessed as much to his own congregation,
  • 00:16:49.280 --> 00:16:52.280
  • saying that "I have been in depths of which I hope none
  • 00:16:52.290 --> 00:16:57.150
  • of you ever go."
  • 00:16:57.160 --> 00:16:59.240
  • And he also said to them, "There are dungeons beneath
  • 00:16:59.250 --> 00:17:02.220
  • the castles of despair."
  • 00:17:02.230 --> 00:17:05.040
  • And yet, for some reason some of us Christians feel that we need
  • 00:17:05.050 --> 00:17:11.120
  • to add stigma to those people who are feeling
  • 00:17:11.130 --> 00:17:15.010
  • low and down and depressed.
  • 00:17:15.020 --> 00:17:16.180
  • And if they're not doing this, we say,
  • 00:17:16.190 --> 00:17:17.280
  • "Hey, come on. How come you're not doing this?"
  • 00:17:17.290 --> 00:17:21.190
  • So those are flaws.
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  • This stuff is real.
  • 00:17:23.220 --> 00:17:25.210
  • Now I'd like to have you look with me at these two psalms
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  • and consider some reasons for it.
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  • Now let me be quick to say that I am not a clinician
  • 00:17:31.210 --> 00:17:34.030
  • and I'm gonna confine my thoughts to the psalm,
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  • because I'm an expositor,
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  • and also to this theme of spiritual depression.
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  • But there are several reasons, though there are many more.
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  • I'm just gonna give you what I see in the psalm.
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  • Reasons for spiritual depression.
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  • Reason number one: expectations. Expectations.
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  • Unfulfilled expectations.
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  • When you expect something to happen that doesn't happen,
  • 00:17:56.160 --> 00:17:59.150
  • that's an unfulfilled expectation.
  • 00:17:59.160 --> 00:18:01.130
  • Verse 1, "As the deer pants for the water brooks,
  • 00:18:01.140 --> 00:18:04.100
  • so pants my soul for you, O God.
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  • My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
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  • When shall I come and appear before God?
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  • My tears have been my food day and night,
  • 00:18:15.250 --> 00:18:18.020
  • while they continually say to me,
  • 00:18:18.030 --> 00:18:19.140
  • 'Where is your God?'
  • 00:18:19.150 --> 00:18:21.050
  • When I remember these things,
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  • I pour out my soul within me.
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  • For I used to go with the multitude;
  • 00:18:25.230 --> 00:18:28.030
  • I went with them to the house of God,
  • 00:18:28.040 --> 00:18:29.290
  • with the voice of joy and praise,
  • 00:18:30.000 --> 00:18:33.160
  • with a multitude that kept the pilgrim feast."
  • 00:18:33.170 --> 00:18:38.050
  • Whoever it was that wrote this psalm,
  • 00:18:38.060 --> 00:18:41.040
  • this person feels cut off from spiritual life,
  • 00:18:41.050 --> 00:18:44.060
  • isolated in this incident.
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  • Whether it was a Levite that was off with David when they fled
  • 00:18:47.030 --> 00:18:50.020
  • Jerusalem, or it was somebody that wrote it years later,
  • 00:18:50.030 --> 00:18:53.210
  • notice the expressions: like a deer,
  • 00:18:53.220 --> 00:18:57.000
  • thirsty, panting for water, wanting to find refreshment,
  • 00:18:57.010 --> 00:19:01.020
  • but finding no relief whatsoever.
  • 00:19:01.030 --> 00:19:05.150
  • The Bible says in Proverbs 13 that "hope deferred makes the
  • 00:19:05.160 --> 00:19:10.040
  • heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life."
  • 00:19:10.050 --> 00:19:16.270
  • Once again, think who is writing this psalm: the sons of Korah.
  • 00:19:16.280 --> 00:19:22.170
  • Their whole life, their whole purpose,
  • 00:19:22.180 --> 00:19:26.010
  • is involved in the public worship system of Israel.
  • 00:19:26.020 --> 00:19:29.180
  • Whenever our purpose is challenged or our usefulness
  • 00:19:29.190 --> 00:19:33.200
  • is challenged, we become susceptible
  • 00:19:33.210 --> 00:19:36.050
  • to spiritual depression.
  • 00:19:36.060 --> 00:19:38.270
  • This shows up when a person feels trapped in a marriage,
  • 00:19:38.280 --> 00:19:42.050
  • when a person feels trapped in a job,
  • 00:19:42.060 --> 00:19:45.080
  • when a person is forced into retirement
  • 00:19:45.090 --> 00:19:47.260
  • because of a medical condition.
  • 00:19:47.270 --> 00:19:50.200
  • They start asking questions, "What use am I?
  • 00:19:50.210 --> 00:19:54.080
  • What is my purpose?"
  • 00:19:54.090 --> 00:19:56.160
  • We all have expectations and some of them are realistic.
  • 00:19:56.170 --> 00:20:00.280
  • When we do this, we expect certain things to happen.
  • 00:20:00.290 --> 00:20:03.270
  • But some of our expectations in life are just flat unrealistic.
  • 00:20:03.280 --> 00:20:11.180
  • The more unrealistic your expectations are,
  • 00:20:11.190 --> 00:20:15.000
  • the more severe the depression will be.
  • 00:20:15.010 --> 00:20:20.070
  • I found an interesting article
  • 00:20:20.080 --> 00:20:21.260
  • I wanted to share with you. It caught my attention.
  • 00:20:21.270 --> 00:20:23.160
  • It was a Vanderbilt University study.
  • 00:20:23.170 --> 00:20:26.290
  • Listen to how it opens, "Pentecostals are three times
  • 00:20:27.000 --> 00:20:30.050
  • more likely than any other Christian group
  • 00:20:30.060 --> 00:20:32.080
  • to experience major depression."
  • 00:20:32.090 --> 00:20:35.180
  • That caught my attention.
  • 00:20:35.190 --> 00:20:36.280
  • I just thought, "That's an odd thing to say.
  • 00:20:36.290 --> 00:20:39.120
  • How do you study that?"
  • 00:20:39.130 --> 00:20:40.220
  • Well, Vanderbilt University studied 2.850 North Carolinians
  • 00:20:40.230 --> 00:20:46.090
  • over a 6-month period, and their findings were that the group
  • 00:20:46.100 --> 00:20:50.060
  • experienced serious depression at a rate of 1.7%,
  • 00:20:50.070 --> 00:20:54.270
  • whereas the rate among Pentecostals was 5.4%.
  • 00:20:54.280 --> 00:20:58.050
  • And the question becomes why is that?
  • 00:20:58.060 --> 00:21:03.190
  • And they couldn't be definitive, but they said it's--they believe
  • 00:21:03.200 --> 00:21:08.120
  • that it's because, in part, people who were already
  • 00:21:08.130 --> 00:21:13.090
  • depressed were attracted to Pentecostalism's promise of
  • 00:21:13.100 --> 00:21:19.160
  • physical and spiritual healing, "If you come to Jesus,
  • 00:21:19.170 --> 00:21:24.240
  • all your problems will be solved,
  • 00:21:24.250 --> 00:21:26.110
  • and you'll be wealthy, and you'll be healthy."
  • 00:21:26.120 --> 00:21:29.030
  • And when you live with those expectations,
  • 00:21:29.040 --> 00:21:31.180
  • and they don't happen, then you come crashing down.
  • 00:21:31.190 --> 00:21:36.110
  • So, number one, expectation is one of the reasons.
  • 00:21:36.120 --> 00:21:39.240
  • Here's the second reason: criticism.
  • 00:21:39.250 --> 00:21:42.270
  • Criticism.
  • 00:21:42.280 --> 00:21:44.100
  • Verse 3, he's saying, "They say, 'Where is your God?'"
  • 00:21:44.110 --> 00:21:49.140
  • Verse 10, "As with a breaking of my bones,
  • 00:21:49.150 --> 00:21:54.060
  • my enemies reproach me,
  • 00:21:54.070 --> 00:21:56.120
  • while they say to me all day long,
  • 00:21:56.130 --> 00:21:59.120
  • 'Where is your God?'"
  • 00:21:59.130 --> 00:22:01.260
  • Psalm 43, verse 2, "For you are the God of my strength;
  • 00:22:01.270 --> 00:22:06.080
  • why do you cast me off?
  • 00:22:06.090 --> 00:22:07.220
  • Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of my enemy?"
  • 00:22:07.230 --> 00:22:12.000
  • Whoever this author is, he's surrounded by critics.
  • 00:22:12.010 --> 00:22:15.160
  • He's surrounded by those who are saying these things to him,
  • 00:22:15.170 --> 00:22:19.070
  • taunting him.
  • 00:22:19.080 --> 00:22:21.040
  • Whenever you suffer for doing good,
  • 00:22:21.050 --> 00:22:23.140
  • for doing right, working for God,
  • 00:22:23.150 --> 00:22:26.040
  • doing the right thing, but you're mocked because of it,
  • 00:22:26.050 --> 00:22:28.130
  • it produces anxiety.
  • 00:22:28.140 --> 00:22:32.080
  • Proverbs 12:25 tells us,
  • 00:22:32.090 --> 00:22:34.100
  • "Anxiety in the heart of a man causes depression."
  • 00:22:34.110 --> 00:22:37.290
  • Think of the Christian student in a secular university,
  • 00:22:38.000 --> 00:22:46.030
  • who all day long--been there, done that--who all day long
  • 00:22:46.040 --> 00:22:49.000
  • hear, "Where is your God?"
  • 00:22:49.010 --> 00:22:53.160
  • Or, the Christian worker amongst unbelievers,
  • 00:22:53.170 --> 00:22:56.080
  • who say, "Where is your God?"
  • 00:22:56.090 --> 00:22:58.050
  • Or, a believing person with a family filled with unbelievers,
  • 00:22:58.060 --> 00:23:02.270
  • who are saying, "Where is your God?"
  • 00:23:02.280 --> 00:23:05.290
  • That kind of anxiety can build up,
  • 00:23:06.000 --> 00:23:08.270
  • as the Scripture says, cause depression.
  • 00:23:08.280 --> 00:23:11.260
  • I know.
  • 00:23:11.270 --> 00:23:13.060
  • I know we know that Jesus said that we should preach
  • 00:23:13.070 --> 00:23:15.100
  • the gospel to every creature.
  • 00:23:15.110 --> 00:23:17.050
  • We're to be about that mandate.
  • 00:23:17.060 --> 00:23:18.150
  • But when we preach the gospel to every creature,
  • 00:23:18.160 --> 00:23:25.070
  • every creature doesn't like the gospel of Jesus Christ,
  • 00:23:25.080 --> 00:23:30.050
  • and you get caught in the crossfire of it,
  • 00:23:30.060 --> 00:23:32.260
  • and that's where the pain comes in.
  • 00:23:32.270 --> 00:23:34.060
  • Sometimes you, sort of, feel like Linus, right?
  • 00:23:34.070 --> 00:23:36.080
  • Remember Linus in the Charlie Brown cartoon "Peanuts"?
  • 00:23:36.090 --> 00:23:39.060
  • One day he said to Charlie Brown, "I love mankind.
  • 00:23:39.070 --> 00:23:41.090
  • It's just the people I can't stand."
  • 00:23:41.100 --> 00:23:44.150
  • And when you get the critical eye and the critical comments
  • 00:23:44.160 --> 00:23:49.210
  • from people, you feel like that.
  • 00:23:49.220 --> 00:23:52.210
  • So expectation, unrealistic. Criticism.
  • 00:23:52.220 --> 00:23:56.130
  • Here's the third: accumulation. Accumulation.
  • 00:23:56.140 --> 00:24:00.180
  • It's one struggle after another struggle.
  • 00:24:00.190 --> 00:24:04.000
  • It's the cumulative effect of many trials that just feel
  • 00:24:04.010 --> 00:24:08.260
  • like they pile up.
  • 00:24:08.270 --> 00:24:11.010
  • Verse 7, "Deep calls unto deep at the noise of your waterfalls;
  • 00:24:11.020 --> 00:24:17.250
  • all your waves and billows have gone over me."
  • 00:24:17.260 --> 00:24:21.160
  • Now the metaphor is in the ocean.
  • 00:24:21.170 --> 00:24:24.060
  • And I don't know how much time you've spent in the ocean,
  • 00:24:24.070 --> 00:24:26.170
  • but I was surfing one time in Newport Beach
  • 00:24:26.180 --> 00:24:29.030
  • at the tail end of a storm.
  • 00:24:29.040 --> 00:24:30.150
  • I shouldn't have gone out. I almost drowned that day.
  • 00:24:30.160 --> 00:24:32.190
  • Seriously, I almost died, 'cause I got caught in just one wave
  • 00:24:32.200 --> 00:24:36.180
  • crashing after another, after another.
  • 00:24:36.190 --> 00:24:38.120
  • I couldn't get out.
  • 00:24:38.130 --> 00:24:40.110
  • And this psalmist feels like it's just like one trial,
  • 00:24:40.120 --> 00:24:44.020
  • one event after another.
  • 00:24:44.030 --> 00:24:46.120
  • It doesn't end. It all piles up.
  • 00:24:46.130 --> 00:24:50.120
  • Accumulation.
  • 00:24:50.130 --> 00:24:54.030
  • Paul the apostle in 2 Corinthians 11 writes of his own
  • 00:24:54.040 --> 00:24:57.110
  • experience, "I have labored and toiled and have often gone
  • 00:24:57.120 --> 00:25:02.030
  • without sleep; I have known hunger and thirst and I have
  • 00:25:02.040 --> 00:25:06.150
  • often gone without food; I have been cold.
  • 00:25:06.160 --> 00:25:10.120
  • I've been naked.
  • 00:25:10.130 --> 00:25:11.220
  • And besides everything else, I face the daily pressure
  • 00:25:11.230 --> 00:25:15.290
  • of my concern for all the churches."
  • 00:25:16.000 --> 00:25:20.110
  • It's that daily pressure that adds up,
  • 00:25:20.120 --> 00:25:23.210
  • that feels like waves crashing down.
  • 00:25:23.220 --> 00:25:25.240
  • A few years ago there was a book put out that I just found
  • 00:25:25.250 --> 00:25:29.270
  • interesting and helpful, to be honest.
  • 00:25:29.280 --> 00:25:32.060
  • It was called "The Executive Stress Manual."
  • 00:25:32.070 --> 00:25:35.100
  • It was two authors who wrote about stress.
  • 00:25:35.110 --> 00:25:38.040
  • And they looked at the experiences that people have in
  • 00:25:38.050 --> 00:25:42.110
  • life, and they tried to determine why is it that some
  • 00:25:42.120 --> 00:25:45.110
  • people experience nervous breakdowns and deep depression.
  • 00:25:45.120 --> 00:25:49.100
  • And so, they assigned numbers, what they called life change
  • 00:25:49.110 --> 00:25:54.170
  • units, to events that happen in life, life change units.
  • 00:25:54.180 --> 00:25:59.180
  • According to their findings, if a person has between 200
  • 00:25:59.190 --> 00:26:03.270
  • and 300 of these life change units in a year period,
  • 00:26:03.280 --> 00:26:06.180
  • they're set up for a nervous breakdown or depression,
  • 00:26:06.190 --> 00:26:11.160
  • deep, deep depression.
  • 00:26:11.170 --> 00:26:13.060
  • So here are some of the numbers.
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  • The death of a spouse will yield 100 life change units.
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  • Communications, connecting you to God's never-changing truth
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  • in ever-changing times.
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