Sermon Bible Study Guides

Psalm 123 - 23rd July 2021

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

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

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. What do you think it means to "lift up your eyes" to the Lord?
    1. How do the illustrations of a servant and maidservant help our understanding?
  2. What do the words "us" and "we" show us about this Psalm?
  3. Why do the people ask for mercy from the Lord?
    1. Why might the people need relief from "those who are at ease" or from "the proud"? 
  4. 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. During the journey to Jerusalem, the people sang this song for more than just a safe journey.
    1. How can Christians today learn from this prayer?
    2. Are there things that you are lamenting? What about others in the church?
    3. What does it look like to "look to the Lord" for these things?
  2. The culture we live in (and even others in the church) might be proud or living at ease.
    1. How can we follow Jesus faithfully among these things?
    2. How can we encourage, exhort, or correct other Christians who are living pridefully or living at ease?

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?