Sermon Bible Study Guides
Where Does Our Help Come From?
Read Psalm 121:
- What question does the psalmist start with? What does it mean that he lifts his eyes to the hills?
- What is the answer he provides to his own question?
- What reasons does he give for why the Lord is his help?
- There are several different metaphors or word pictures to describe the Lord. Consider each one--what do those different pictures communicate about God?
- Can you summarize the general promise this psalm states?
- What does it practically look like to look to the Lord for help?
- How should this shape the way you live? What would look differently, if you were able to live according to this promise all the time?
- How should we think about the promise that God will keep you from all evil? Does this mean that Christians cannot sin? What does it mean, and how should we live in response to that promise?
Lamenting and Repenting
Read Psalm 79
- What historical event are verses 1-3 describing? (see 2 Kings 25 or Jeremiah 52)
- How does the psalmist respond to this tragedy?
- What questions does he ask of the Lord?
- What requests does he ask of the Lord?
- What reasons does he give as to why the Lord should do what he’s asking for?
- How does he end the psalm? How can you explain the shift in tone?
- What does this psalm teach us about how to lament and grieve?
- Why should the psalmist expect mercy or compassion? How can this strengthen or encourage us?
- 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?
- What can we learn from his requests for judgment on the nation’s enemies? Are these appropriate prayers for us today?
- How does this psalm help us love Jesus more?