Praise the Lord in Desperate Times

Main Point-Our God is worthy to be praised and faithful to deliver, especially in the hard times


  • Telling a story or a testimony, I wonder if anyone here has a story?
    • Starts God’s faithfulness on the front end
    • Climax-snares of death
    • Then they called on the name of the Lord
    • Then bragged some more on the Lord
    • I wonder if any one here has a testimony or a story?
    • I wonder if anyone here calls on the Lord when they are in trouble?
    • I wonder if anyone here is in brag mode about how Good their God is?
  • Jump in


Psalms 116

    1. God hears when you talk to Him and when you cry out to Him
  • Verse 1-5
  • 1 John 5:14 And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us.
  • 1 Peter 3:12  For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”
  • Psalm 34:17 When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles.


      1. It is so important that we call out to the Lord in our distress!  Who are you calling out to?
  • Then I called on the name of the Lord
  • 5 Gracious is the LORD, and righteous; our God is merciful.
  • Exodus 34:5-7


    1. The Lord preserves the simple
  • Verse 6
      1. Are you simple enough to call out and depend on the Lord or are you wise enough to figure it out yourself? 
  • Proverbs 3:5
        1. Talk about pride of being brought low
          1. Testimony of landlord papers
  • James 4:6-10
  • Psalm18:27 For you save a humble people, but the haughty eyes you bring down.
        1. Let us call on the Lord in humility so that we can get His help
          1. Shift the burden from us to Him
  • Verse 7
  • Rest
  • Philippians 4:6-7
  • Read vs 8-9
    1. we believe despite our circumstance
      1. Read vs 10-11
  • I believed, even when I spoke, “i am greatly afflicted”
        1. I believed even when I spoke, “ _______________”
  • All mankind are liars
      1. Juxtaposing the truth, the verity, the righteousness, the nobility, the absolute holy consistency of our Lord!
      2. This includes us, we must believe God’s word, not our thoughts!
      3. We must believe and trust in God’s sovereign plan over and against our own!
    1. Talk about faith, Hebrews 11:1
      1. We must believe and hope even if we don’t see a way
        1. Daniel believed, even when he was thrown into the lion’s den
        2. The Hebrews young men believed even when they were sentenced to the fire
        3. Stephen believed even when he faced the crowd with stones in their hands
        4. Abraham believed, even with knife raised ready to slaughter his only son
    2. What is that we believe?  
      1. That the Lord is good, that the Lord is better than whatever is afflicting us
      2. That He will answer our prayer
      3. That by His grace, He will take us to the other side
    3. Saints, let us believe!


    1. How are we to respond to the Lord who delivers us?
  • Vs 12-close
    1. We can not repay, God expects the same thing that anyone who gives a good gift expects, thanksgiving!
      1. Kids yall better pretend to like it!
    2. Emphasize ptl
    3. Notice the public nature of the author’s thanksgiving
      1. Pushes against the popular narrative that your religion, your relationship with God is strictly private
        1. no , we publicly worship and praise our God
        2. We brag on God in conversation
        3. We praise God aloud in the church gathering
          1. Practice verse 1: I love the Lord because _________
      2. Talk about how this really helps with personal evangelism


Psalm 18:1-19, climatic hearing and answering of prayer of david concerning saul

End with call on the name of the Lord for salvation & help

Sermon Notes on Psalm 116

cry out to God sermon

anguish and despair believe

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