Tonight Pastor Estep informed the church of my diagnosis and requested prayer for decisions yet to be made. God knew the message I would need that evening. Evangelist Brent Sivnksty was preaching from Psalm 61. The title of his message: "Overwhelmed but not Overcome." Just the title speaks volumes, doesn't it?
The basic outline of the message:
1. His Cry "Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer" (v. 1)
a. Pleading: A plea of desperation
b. Persistent: A statement of resolution
Defeat comes when we quit praying, when we allow our fear to overcome our faith.
2. His Condition
"When my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I." (v. 2)
Only in God's presence will I find what I need.
3. His Confidence: God his Rock (v. 3)
a. A Shelter
b. A Strong Tower
c. Tabernacle: the presence of God; unbroken fellowship
d. The cover of God's wings signify intimacy, care, and protection.