Sermon Bible Study Guides

Psalm 40 - 28th May, 2021

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read Psalm 40
  2. What are repeated words/phrases/ideas?
  3. Who is mentioned in the psalm?
  4. How are they described?
    1. Their situations
    2. Their character
    3. Their responses

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. What do we learn about God?
  2. What do we learn about David/mankind? (Consider the various characters/groups identified in the Psalm)
  3. Why do you think David says God has not delighted in offerings and not required them (v.6)? Aren't they part of the Mosaic Law? What does he mean? 
  4. Why does David commit to speaking about God's deliverance (v.? Why is this necessary?
  5. What does David need deliverance from?
  6. How does this Psalm relate to the gospel of Jesus Christ?

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. How might this Psalm comfort you in whatever you face today? 
  2. How does God's help and deliverance in the past affect your view of the future? How does that impact how live now?
  3. How does this psalm apply individually? How does it apply to us as a church?
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Psalm 101 – 4 September 2020

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read Psalm 101
  2. Look for repeated words, themes, ideas.
    a.   Who is mentioned?
    b.   How are they described?
  3. How does David pledge to live?
    a. What actions does David say he will do?
    b. What actions does David say he won't do?

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. What categories of action are mentioned? (i.e. how would you group them?)
  2. What does it mean to "ponder the way that is blameless"? (v2)
  3. How would you define "integrity of heart"? (v2)
  4. What "worthless" things might be set before his eyes? (v3)
  5. Who are those that "fall away" and what are their works? (v3)
    5.1 How might the cling to David?
  6. What is/are:
    - "slander" (v5)
    - "a haughty look and arrogant heart" (v5)
    - "practicing deceit" (v6)
  7. How would David "cut off all the evildoers from the city of the Lord"? (v8)
    7.1 Where is the "city of the Lord"?
  8. How would you divide up the passage? (Give each section a heading).
  9. How does this passage relate to Jesus and the gospel?

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. How can we imitate David's example? (How does the gospel connect?)
  2. In what ways do you personally need to follow David's example in putting off certain thoughts/deeds and putting on others? (Note: putting off = repent of, putting on = pursue)
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