Traversing Dark ValleysJuly 26, 2020 / Psalms 143:
Life is often described as being full of highs and lows. It seems that many are feeling like they are down in one of those valleys right now, because of these difficult times. David felt that way, often, but he also knew where to find help for rising up and out of those valleys. Let’s see what we can learn from his Psalm.
I. V1-4: THE PLUNGE INTO DARK VALLEYS
A. The Pain of Being
Application: We don’t want to be and God doesn’t want to us – but we must have the right . When we approach God in prayer, we need to do it in humility by recognizing that there is no in us – we appeal to our God through His !
B. The Pain of
Application: Our dark valleys often become in our lives, they define specific periods of our lives which .
C. The Pain of
Application: Know that if you are in a dark valley, there is !
Scripture: Psalm 23, 36:6: Ecclesiastes 7:14; 1 John 5:13-15; James 4:15; Luke 22:42-44; Romans 3:10,23
II. V5-6: THE PASSAGE THROUGH DARK VALLEYS
A. To traverse a dark valley, we must:
1. First: Remember the !
2. Second: Meditate on !
B. This shows the importance of ! How can you traverse dark valleys without having any ?
Scripture: Psalm 46, 119:11; James 1:2; Pro. 3:5-6; Rom. 8:28; 2 Cor. 4:17
III. V7-12: THE PATH OUT OF DARK VALLEYS
A. There are several paths out of dark valleys. We should use them all!
1. The Path of
2. The Path of
3. The Path of
B. When you are at your lowest, when the valley is the darkest – THAT is the time to look up to heaven, up out of that valley and say, “.”
Scripture: 1 John 1:7; Matthew 7:13-14. 21-25; Job 1:20-22; Revelation 4:11