Sermon Bible Study Guides

Psalm 124 - 30th July 2021

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

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

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. Why do you think the Psalmist repeats himself in verse 2? ("if it had not been the Lord who was on our side...")
  2. What does the imagery in verses 3-7 tell you about how the Psalmist views their enemies?
    1. What enemies might the Psalmist be talking about? (Remember that this was written originally for Jews hundreds of years before Jesus came).
  3. Many Bibles add spaces between lines of the Psalms to help show stanzas in the poetry.
    1. How are verses 1-5 different or similar to verses 6-7?
    2. What about compared to verse 8?
  4. What does it mean that the Lord was on Israel's side? Is it different in any way from how the Lord is on our side today?
  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. If you need help, where do you tend to look first?
    1. Why should we look ultimately to God for help?
  2. Reflect on your life before Christ and what would have happened if God had not saved you from sin and death. How does it make you feel?
  3. Do you ever feel like God is not on your side?
    1. How do you know that He is?
    2. Where can you go to in scripture? (ex. Romans 8:31-39)

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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