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When the Going Gets Tough…


Passage: Psalms

Speaker: James Pritchard

When the Going Gets Tough…
Psalm 3




  1. I. T.—David turned to God for deliverance in time of distress.
  2. I. S.—We must turn to God for deliverance in times of distress.

Purpose—I want those going through distress to turn to Jesus.

Introduction—It seems like the walls are coming in on us.

  1. David’s response to Absalom’s rebellion.
    1. He looked around
      1. His own son revolted against him.
      2. His military advisors and other leading men rebelled with Absalom.
  • He was on the run, having been cursed on his way out of town.
  1. He looked up
    1. Shield—instrument of protection
    2. Glory—his reputation had been marred and attacked, but his glory was not in his reputation, but in his relationship with Jesus
  • Lifter of heads—success was tied to Jesus, encourage
  1. He realized that his only hope was in Jesus.
  2. This realization led Him to prayer.
  1. —Parachute
  2. Application
    1. For those that have entrusted their lives to Christ, we do not take matters into our own hands, but trust Christ.
    2. It is by faith that victories are won.
  • David ran, fought, planned, strategized, but he relied upon the Lord for victory, protection, and deliverance.
  1. God’s response to David’s reliance.
    1. Peace
      1. When he lain down, he did not worry, because he knew God was protecting him.
      2. He did not have to fear, for he trusted God to see him through.
    2. Hope
      1. He expected God to come through.
      2. He was looking for deliverance and protection.
  • He anticipated God to act on his behalf.
  1. He had done it before, he could do it again.
  1. Salvation
    1. Since salvation belongs to the Lord, he is the only one who can save.
    2. Thus, if we want salvation, it is through Him that we find it.
  2. —2 Kings 6:8-17
  3. Application
    1. Walter Cronkite—“That’s the way it is,” no Walter, that’s just the way it looks.
    2. There are chariots all around you.
  • He that is with us is greater than he that is in the world.
  1. We can have peace, hope, and salvation from these things, but only if we turn to Jesus.


  • Was David’s situation a physical or spiritual situation?
  • Then our solution must be spiritual.
  • We must look to Jesus.
    • We need to confess the sins of our past.
    • We need to make sure we are clean before God, and that we are walking by faith and not by sight.
    • We must start with prayer.
  • When the going gets tough, the tough turn to Jesus.