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Why Are You Downcast?

March 6, 2016 Preacher: Josh Black Series: Psalms of Lament: How Long O Lord?

Passage: Psalm 42:1– 43:5

Sermon Questions
- Someone has suggested that most of our days are of three kinds: mountaintop days, ordinary days, and dark days. How would you describe what these kinds of days look like for yourself? What has been the mix of your days lately?

- Quoting Lewis’ Screwtape Letters “Now it may surprise you to learn that in His [God’s] efforts to get permanent possession of a soul, He relies on the troughs even more than on the peaks; some of His special favourites have gone through longer and deeper troughs than anyone else.” What do you think of that? How have you seen God work in your own life or the life of those around you through the dark days.

- What is the Psalmists primary request/desire in Psalms 42-43? Why is his soul downcast? As Pastor Josh said, this is just a slice of a range of things that can cause us to be depressed. Are there other causes common to your experience or those you’ve walked through dark days with?

- How do we see the Psalmist responding to his depression in these two Psalms?

- What are the promises of God you need to remind yourself of when days are hard?

- Practically, how do you do this? What are some specific ways you can help each other to both preach the gospel to yourself and preach the gospel to one another?

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