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Blessed are the Forgiven
Read Psalm 32:
- Who does David say is blessed (1-2)?
- What situation does he describe himself in? What is the cause of his anguish (3-4)?
- What led to his relief (5)?
- What application does David give in light of this relief (6-7)?
- What are his concluding instructions?
- What should we not be like? What does that mean?
- What two situations are contrasted at the end? How does this conclusion relate to the point of the psalm?
- What does this psalm teach us about confessing our sins? Have you experienced this to be true?
- What definition of godliness does this psalm provide?
- How does sin relate to godliness in this passage?
- How should this affect the way we live together as Christians?
- How should we respond when other Christians confess sin and genuinely repent from it?
Seeking the Lord
Read Psalm 14
- How is humanity described in this psalm?
- Is this a blanket statement that’s completely true of all people?
- Are there any hints in the text that might suggest otherwise?
- How is wickedness described? What is the fundamental issue or problem?
- What are the evildoers attempting to do?
- What will God do?
- God is described as a refuge for the poor. What does that mean?
- How does the psalm end? What tone does it have? What explains the shift in tone from the beginning to the end.
- What does this psalm teach us about humanity? How should that affect our day-to-day interactions?
- Should we imitate the Lord in being a refuge for the poor? What would that look like?
- 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?
- 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?