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Psalm 46; Matthew 8:23-27

Psalm 46; Matthew 8:23-27


Sermon: Facing Challenging Life Situations
Bible Passage: Psalm 46; Matt 8:23-27

I. The psalmist explains the situation around him and the people of Judah with the following metaphors

1. Earthquake (verse 2, 3)
2. Mountains tumble (verse 2)
3. Waves crash and foam (verse 3)
4. Nations in uproar hostility, (verse 6)
5. Kingdoms are overthrown (verse 6)

II. On the other hand, the psalmist explains what God is to them in the middle of their challenging situation (verses, 1, 4-5)

1. Refuge, strength, and fortress
2. Help in times of trouble
3. Provision of water
4. Presence that provides security (cf. verse 7, 11)

III. Lessons from verses 1-6

1. What God is to you determines how you handle your life-situations
2. When your situation is much bigger than what you can humanly handle renounce your fight and turn it over to God

IV. The psalmist and his community were supernaturally delivered from their challenging situation (verses 8-10)

1. Their prayers became praises
2. Without waging a war, they were victorious
3. God brought glory to Himself through human predicament (verse 10)

V. Lessons from verses 8-10

1. Focus on the provisions rather than the problems
2. Focus more on God by focusing less on your problems
3. Suspend all your routines and take time away for rest and renewal

VI. The disciples of Jesus were in similar situation (Matt 8:23-27)

1. Storm (v. 24)
2. Fear of death (v. 25)
3. Helplessness of their skills and knowledge (v. 25)
4. Jesus (v. 24): the DIVINE PROVISION

Take Away:

Focus on the Provision, Jesus Christ, on whom you can cast your cares (cf. Matt 11:28)

Speaker: William J. Subash

Born and raised in south India, William J. Subash became a follower of Jesus Christ in 1983 at the age of nineteen. After a brief career in a tea and coffee plantation, Subash decided to spend rest of his life to preach about Jesus and his life-transforming message of God, which is popularly known as “the Gospel.” Subash teaches New Testament Studies at two institutions: SAIACS in India and Liberty University Online, VA, USA. Currently, Subash serves as the chief point person for GROW Gospel Initiatives and the Lead Pastor of the Crossroad Church, Bangalore. Write to him at