Archive for January 2019

Topics for 1/29/2019

Psalms 50-51

In chapter 50 God says, "I will not accept a bull from your house or goats from your folds. For every beast of the forest is mine, the cattle on a thousand hills. I know all the birds of the hills, and all that moves in the field is mine. "If I were hungry, I would not tell you, for the world and its fullness are mine."  Psalms 50:9‭-‬12 ESV

  • What other passages speak to God's self-sufficiency?

In Psalm 51 David said that his sin was against God. Here are two other passages which discuss sins against God directly:

Psalm 51:4 says "... so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment."

  • What does David mean?

Published on January 28, 2019 at 11:24 am |

Topics for 01/15/19

  1. Sunday we discussed the concept of God as a Shepherd-King. The concept is all through Scripture.
    • Which parts of God’s character are represented by the shepherd metaphor?
    • Where in Scripture is God presented as shepherd and king?
      [Bonus points if your answers are from the book of Psalms]
  2. We sang a new song, “What a Friend” {Matt Maher}
    • Can you find the Scriptural basis for lyrics from this song?

Everybody has trials and temptations
Everybody knows heart break, isolation
But we can lay our burdens down
Lay our burdens down

What a friend we have in Jesus
East to west my sins are gone
I see grace on every horizon
And forever and ever His heart is my home

Everybody has fears, everybody got worries
Everybody knows sorrow, devastation
But we can lay our burdens down
Lay our burdens down

What a friend we have in Jesus
East to west my sins are gone
I see grace on every horizon
And forever and ever His heart is my home

No more betrayal, for He is faithful
He fills me up and my cup runneth over
Over and over

Published on January 14, 2019 at 10:42 pm |

Topics for 1/8/2019

On Sunday we considered the structure of the book of Psalms. We emphasized that a grasp of the structure of Psalms can help us understand the broader message of what the book is trying to teach us.  However, individual Psalms can be read, understood, applied, and found beneficial apart from the broader context.

In keeping with this theme, what is a favorite psalm that God has used to teach and encourage you?

As a case study, I want us to consider the prayer of Jonah in Jonah 2.  Jonah has been rescued from drowning, but now resides in the belly of a great fish.  His prayer echoes a number of Psalms from various places in the book.  Choose one of the references to Psalms and answer the following quesitons:

  1. What specifically was Jonah intending to communicate by quoting/paraphrasing this Psalm?
  2. What was the intent of the author of the Psalm (if we are aware)?
  3. What place does the Psalm have in the broader story of the book of Psalms (for help here, see summary of the structure of Psalms below)?
  4. Is there any correlation between any/all of these?

Clicke "Read More" to see the text of Jonah 2 with crossreferences in Psalms as well as the Structure of the Book of Psalms.

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Published on January 7, 2019 at 1:42 pm |

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