Sermon Bible Study Guides

Psalm 14 -- July 20th 2018

Seeking the Lord

Read Psalm 14

  1. How is humanity described in this psalm?
    1. Is this a blanket statement that’s completely true of all people?
    2. Are there any hints in the text that might suggest otherwise?
  2. How is wickedness described? What is the fundamental issue or problem?
  3. What are the evildoers attempting to do?
  4. What will God do?
  5. God is described as a refuge for the poor. What does that mean?
  6. How does the psalm end? What tone does it have? What explains the shift in tone from the beginning to the end.

Application:

  1. What does this psalm teach us about humanity? How should that affect our day-to-day interactions?
  2. Should we imitate the Lord in being a refuge for the poor? What would that look like?
  3. If lack of knowledge is connected to seeking God, what kind of knowledge should we seek to gain? What are ways that you can pursue that?
  4. The psalmist praises the Lord, even though his prayers for salvation haven’t been answered yet. How does your heart do at praising God while waiting for answers to prayer?

 

Psalm 3 - June 22nd 2018

Turn to God in troubled times

Read 2 Sam 15-17 for the context of the Psalm.

Read Psalm 3

  1. When did David write this Psalm?
  2. What is the situation David finds himself in according to verse 1 & 2? (Consider the context of 2 Sam 15-17 to help you understand)
  3. How does he respond to this situation?
    1. What does he say about God?
    2. What does this reveal about David?
  4. Why is this happening to David?
  5. How does God respond?
  6. What does verse 5 shows us about David? What does it tell us about God?
  7. How do the truths about God in verses 3-5 affect David? (Look at v.6-8)
  8. What does he ask God to do?
  9. What does he believe?

Application:

  1. What can we learn from David in this passage?
  2. What do we learn about God?
  3. What do you do in the midst of trouble?
    1. Where do you turn?
    2. Who do you listen to?
    3. What do you cry out? (Consider how David models crying out in this Psalm, what is the content of his cry?)
  4. How do we understand and rightly apply the second half of verse 7? (Consider the different covenantal contexts for David and us)

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