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Psalm 14 -- July 20th 2018

Seeking the Lord

Read Psalm 14

  1. How is humanity described in this psalm?
    1. Is this a blanket statement that’s completely true of all people?
    2. Are there any hints in the text that might suggest otherwise?
  2. How is wickedness described? What is the fundamental issue or problem?
  3. What are the evildoers attempting to do?
  4. What will God do?
  5. God is described as a refuge for the poor. What does that mean?
  6. How does the psalm end? What tone does it have? What explains the shift in tone from the beginning to the end.

Application:

  1. What does this psalm teach us about humanity? How should that affect our day-to-day interactions?
  2. Should we imitate the Lord in being a refuge for the poor? What would that look like?
  3. If lack of knowledge is connected to seeking God, what kind of knowledge should we seek to gain? What are ways that you can pursue that?
  4. The psalmist praises the Lord, even though his prayers for salvation haven’t been answered yet. How does your heart do at praising God while waiting for answers to prayer?

 

Psalm 79 - July 13th 2018

Lamenting and Repenting

Read Psalm 79

  1. What historical event are verses 1-3 describing? (see 2 Kings 25 or Jeremiah 52)
  2. How does the psalmist respond to this tragedy?
    1. What questions does he ask of the Lord?
    2. What requests does he ask of the Lord?
  3. What reasons does he give as to why the Lord should do what he’s asking for?
  4. How does he end the psalm? How can you explain the shift in tone?

Application:

  1. What does this psalm teach us about how to lament and grieve?
  2. Why should the psalmist expect mercy or compassion? How can this strengthen or encourage us?
  3. The psalmist repents and asks for forgiveness even in the midst of grief. Do you think to confess sin in the middle of hardship or suffering? What helps you do that?
  4. What can we learn from his requests for judgment on the nation’s enemies? Are these appropriate prayers for us today?
  5. How does this psalm help us love Jesus more?

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