HE BROUGHT ME OUT OF A HORRIBLE PIT
                                                                  Psalm 40:1-3 (444)


          A.  Psalm 40 is an example of how troubles and difficulties prompted King David to
                depend on the Lord.
                1.   He was under stress and could not escape.
          B.  David decided to turn over the matter to the Lord, trust Him and to honor and
                worship God.  Psalm 40:1-17.
          C.  When it is necessary for us to deal with difficulties and adverse circumstances (the
                horrible pit of miry clay) what should we do?

      I.  Having problems is a part of life.

          A.  The optimism of young people give way to harsh realities.  Examples:

          B.  We don’t make decisions because we want to have problems.  Examples:

          C.  We must accept the fact that having problems is a part of life.

    II.  What are we to do about these problems?

          A.  There are two options

                1.  Go it alone.  Jeremiah 10:23 (565); Romans 6:23a; possible results:

                2.  Go with God..  Ecclesiastes 12:13 (511)
                     a.  God has always delivered His people when they were obedient.
                     Delivery of Israelites from Egypt (Exodus 3); Daniel from the lion’s den (Daniel 6)
                     The Apostle Paul (2 Cor. 6 and 12)

                      b.  Page 657 in Songbook.

    III.  We can turn over the matter to God and trust Him and honor and worship God.

           A.  Trust God.  Proverbs 3:5-6 (487); 2 Timothy 1:11-12 (879)

           B.  Honor God.  Proverbs 3:9-12 (487)

           C.  Worship God.  Psalm 95:1-6 (466)

   Conclusion:  Are you dealing with difficulties and adverse circumstances?  Why not turn
                        them over to God and trust, honor and worship God? Psalm 40:1-3,16 (444)