Sermon Bible Study Guides

Psalm 122 - 16th July 2021

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read Psalm 122
  2. What feeling(s) does the psalmist express?
  3. Do you see any similarities between this Psalm and the previous Psalms of Ascent? (Psalm 120, 121)
  4. Does the psalmist give any commands?
  5. Do you see any repeated words or poetic devices?

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. Why do you think the psalmist was glad about going to the house of the Lord?
  2. What is the "house of the Lord"? 
  3. In verses 3-5, the Psalmist is "looking around" Jerusalem.
    1. What do you think it means that Jerusalem is "bound firmly together"?
    2. What do you think it means that "thrones of judgment were set" in Jerusalem?
  4. How does the church carry out the tasks of the temple? (1 Peter 2:4-5; Ephesians 2:19-22)
  5. Is there anything in this passage that points to or foreshadows truths of the gospel? (Remember there might be many answers to this question: does it mirror Jesus in any way? Anything pointing to sin, judgment, salvation, God's love, etc.?)
    1. How many connections can you make? 

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. The psalmist was glad and excited to gather with "the tribes of the Lord".
    1. How does your family usually prepare for gathering and worshiping with God's people (the church)?
    2. How can we better prepare our hearts in our anticipation and joy in gathering?
    3. What can we do throughout the week to better prepare for the corporate gathering of our church?
  2. How can we use this Psalm to pray for our church and for other churches?

Psalm 121 - 9th July 2021

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read Psalm 121
  2. What question does the psalmist ask?
  3. Who is the psalmist asking the question to? (who is "you"?)
  4. How is the Lord described?
  5. Do you see any repeated words?

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. How is Psalm 121 similar to Psalm 120?
  2. Why do you think this particular Psalm was written?
    • What feeling would this instill in those making the pilgrimage to Jerusalem to worship?
  3. If God is the maker of heaven and earth, what does that tell us about the help that he gives?
  4. What does it mean that "the Lord is your keeper"? What does he keep us from?
  5. Is there anything in this passage that points to or foreshadows truths of the gospel? (Remember there might be many answers to this question: does it mirror Jesus in any way? Anything pointing to sin, judgment, salvation, God's love, etc.?)
    1. How many connections can you make? 

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. Where else are you tempted to look for help? Why should we look to God instead?
  2. Are there ways that God could use you in order to help others? What are some examples?
  3. Where in your life do you feel particularly vulnerable or in need of the LORD’s protection? How can this psalm guide your own prayers this week?
  4. How does this psalm encourage us to be faithful in the midst of a fallen world with sin all around us? How does the gospel enable us to do that?

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