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We have a very provocative Psalm before us this evening to study together. Psalm 6 which I read just a moment ago and I would venture to say that if we were all honest at the end of this time, we would find a reason to say, "I am familiar with this Psalm by experience even if I didn't even know it by text before I walked in here." Psalm 6 gives you voice when you have lost the will to pray. I have lived through the spirit of this Psalm in the past, I'm not there now, but I have lived through the spirit of this Psalm enough that I can honestly say that I sympathize with you who struggle with discouragement, who deal with a heavy heart and who find it difficult at times to wake up in the morning. Psalm 6 is a Psalm that addresses your condition with sympathy and with words that you can adopt as your own.
Psalm 6 has traditionally been viewed as a penitential Psalm, a Psalm of repentance along with six other Psalms that we won't bother to identify here this evening and many commentators think that this is a Psalm that is expressing repentance from sin of some kind of or another. But I believe that if we look at it and just let it speak for what it says and not be completely influenced by past interpretations of it, we will see that that doesn't quite exactly describe this Psalm. This Psalm does not have any explicit confession of sin; it does not contain a prayer for forgiveness. At best, all of those things must be implied or read into the text before you can come up with that interpretation. Commentators just don't agree with each other. Some say it's a prayer of repentance, some say it is a prayer in sickness because David says...
Great Sermon! I agree fully, this sermon about having a heavy heart was outstanding and I would recommend anyone who has one or knows someone who is suffering listen to it.
from Dayton, MN
Superb Sermon! Pastor Don hit another home run sermon. I am continually blessed by this Godly man's preaching. I appreciate his reverence for God mixed with Christian reality. The fact is, we all struggle with varying degrees of pain at some point in our lives. Too often sermons are given instruction-ally and sadly that is where they end. I especially appreciated the Psalms series as I have been experiencing a heavy heart and found this to be perfectly suited to what I‚Äôm going through. The Lord is so faithful and knows what we need to hear at the right time. I have referred others to this sermon who have also been equally as blessed. This has become a part of my collection of repeat sermons. Pastor Don, you are uniquely gifted and I am thankful for you. Thank you for being faithful to Scripture while being honest and practical at the same time. God bless you richly!
Don is the founding pastor of Truth Community Church in Cincinnati, Ohio.¬†He holds Master of Divinity and Master of Theology degrees with highest honors from The Master's Seminary. ¬†¬†
He had previously served as an elder at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California. ¬†He pastored...