Worksheet of Psalm 142

HOMILETIC WORKSHEET

Passage: Psalm 142

 

Date: May 27, 1997

Structural Context:

In a collection of psalms by David - an instructive psalm

Written when fleeing Saul (see. 1 Sam. 22 or 24)

Passage Outline:

vs. 1-2 Express feelings to God

vs. 3-4 Affirm God’s presence

vs. 5-6 Affirm God’s power

vs. 7 Affirm God’s purpose and future provision

Theses:

Draw near to God in overwhelming circumstances and trust God to be in control and "rescue" you.

Antitheses:

Avoid God during overwhelming circumstances and rely on self to be rescued.

Goal: To teach my audience to ask God for help praying God’s way and for God’s things

 

Introduction:

Supply context of psalm

Define overwhelming circumstances now

Major Points:

I.. Express your feelings to God honestly

A. David’s way

  1. Verbs - pour, declare, cry = deep honesty with God.
  2. Reason: God is personal = He listens and cares
  3. Result: established intimacy, able to proceed to next aspects of prayer

B. My way (Antithesis of David’s)

1. Withdraw from interaction with God

2. Reasons: don’t want to admit vulnerability; don’t want to feel pain w/ acknowledging

3. Result: not able to proceed to next aspects, loneliness, despair, autonomy

 

 

Conclusion:

Joy and peace are found in drawing near to God. David enjoyed seeing God’s provisions and protection. We can also.

Illustration/Application:

 

 

 

Non-Christian co-workers sabotaging a Christian

People slandering you

 

 

 

 

Antithesis of a personal God - "a life force" = impersonal, "a deist concept" = uninvolved and unconcerned, Allah = to high and distinct to pour out personal complaints

Illustration: A dog, when injured, retreats to corner and licks its own wounds.

 

 

 

Application: Lean against instinct to self-protect during overwhelming circumstances -draw near to God.