First Baptist Powell
How to Face a Difficult Day
Sunday Morning Worship - 5/17/20
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    7706 Ewing Rd, Powell, TN 37849, USA
    Sunday 10:00 AM
David knew what it meant to face difficulty. He had faced Goliath. He had faced the fury and wrath of King Saul. He had faced the power of the Philistine army. He had faced the judgement of God on his sin with Bathsheba. He had faced tragedy within his own family.
Now he faced his most difficult day. He faced an all-out war with Absalom, his son. He knew that by the time, the sun would set on this day, many of Absalom’s men and perhaps Absalom himself would lie dead on the battlefield. He knew that today would bring a great amount of pain and grief to his heart.
So, David got up and faced the day. First, he called on God. Let us learn from David, how we should begin each day, for each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matthew 6:34)
1A. BEGIN THE DAY IN HUMBLE ADORATION FOR GOD. (5:1-3)

1B. How we are to address God. (5:1-2)

We are to address God boldly. (5:1-2a)
We are to address God humbly. (5:2b)
2B. How we are to approach God. (5:3)
There needs to be a prepared time - in the morning
There needs to be a prepared heart – I will order my prayer to You.
There should be an expectation of faith – eagerly watch
2A. BEGIN THE DAY WITH AN HONEST CONFESSION BEFORE GOD. (5:4-7)

1B. We are to confess the holiness of God.

God’s holiness is demonstrated by His reaction to sin. (5:4-6)
We need to meditate God’s holiness until we react to sin as He reacts to sin.
2B. We are to confess our need of God.

David confesses concerning the extent of our corruption. (5:4-6)
David confesses God’s abundant mercy. (5:7a)
David confesses his desire to worship God. (5:7b)
3A. BEGIN THE DAY WITH A HEARTFELT SUPPLICATION TO GOD. (5:8-12)

1B. We are to ask for Divine direction. (5:8)

To show us the way. – Lead me in Your righteousness
To prepare the way. – Make Your way straight (smooth)before me.
2B. We are to ask for Divine protection. (5:9-11)

We must trust God to deal with the ungodly. (5:9-10)
We must trust God to take care of us. (5:11)
4A. BEGIN THE DAY IN HOPEFUL DEPENDANCE ON GOD. (5:12)

1B. God alone is source of our blessings.
2B. God alone is the source of our prosperity.
Practical tips:

Begin in the Word, read a portion of Scripture to set your heart on the Lord. I suggest you read systematically through books of the Bible. Be careful not to try to read too much at one time. If you are new to this discipline, good devotionals can be helpful. I particularly enjoy “Table Talk” produced by Ligonier Ministries.

Keep a journal and write down what you learn from the Scripture you read.

Confess your sin, often your time in the word will lead you into a time of confession of sin.

Praise God, reading a Psalm can help to move your heart to praise.

Pray for your needs and the needs of others.

Finish with a time of thanksgiving to God.