Sermon Bible Study Guides

Psalm 125 - 6th August 2021

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read Psalm 125.
  2. What moods or emotions does the psalmist express? (look for emotional words or punctuation)
  3. What imagery does the psalmist use?
  4. Do you see any similarities between this Psalm and the previous Songs of Ascent? (Psalm 120, 121, 122, 123, 124)
  5. Are there repeated words or ideas?
  6. What connecting words do you see?  (therefore, yet, however, likewise, so then, then, because, for, but, etc.)

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. Why does the psalmist compare the Lord to a mountain--specifically Mount Zion?
  2. The Lord protects his people from enemies (v. 2) and from wickedness (v. 3)
    1. Why does He do this?
    2. In the story of the Old Testament, does Israel "stretch out their hands to do wrong"?
    3. How would instilling this ideal (that wickedness will not rest on the land forever) be a comfort to Israelites living in exile?
  3. How are verses 1-3 different from verses 4 and 5?
  4. What do verses 4 and 5 teach us about God? How does might this give encouragement to Israelites in exile?
  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.?)

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. God's protection of His people is linked to their trust in Him (v. 1).
    1. What does this mean for those who have trusted in Christ Jesus for new life?
    2. What about those who have not trusted in him?
  2. God will not allow the unrighteous to rule over his people forever. How does this truth affect Christian prayer?
  3. How does the good news of Jesus motivate us to "do good"? How can you do good to others this week, and especially to those who are in the church? (Galatians 6:9-10)
  4. What are some ways that we might be tempted to "turn aside" to our own "crooked ways"? How can we resist those temptations?

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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