Psalms

Psalm 119:97-104 - Fathers, Love God’s Law!

+ Application Questions

  1. Read Psalm 119:97-104. What do you think is the relationship between loving God’s law and meditating on it? What habits have you established to meditate on God’s law and grow your love for it?

  2. What benefits are found in following God’s law in verses 98-101? Have their been times in your life where this was shown to be true by the outcome your obedience or by your disobedience to God’s law?

  3. Are you able to honestly declare the truths of verses 102-104 from your own heart, or do some statements ring false for you? If needed, confess what statements are not true of you and ask God to show you what needs to change in your habits or in your heart. Take time to praise God for his law and its many benefits.

Psalm 119:33-40

Discussion Questions

  1. What is one truth or “take-away” from the sermon that you found particularly challenging/convicting/helpful?
     
  2. Read all of Psalm 119 in your community group. As you read, notice what themes stand out, and discuss what you noticed.
     
  3. What motivates you to seek God and obey His Word? What motivated the psalmist to seek God and follow His commandments?
     
  4. Read Jeremiah 23:29, Hebrews 4:12, and James 1:21-25. What pictures are used to describe the Word of God? Why is the Word of God valuable, and how is the value of God’s Word evidenced in your own life?
     
  5. Read John 1:1-5. John describes Jesus as the Word. What similarities are there between the Psalmist’s description of the Word in Psalm 119:33-40 and John’s description of the Word?
     
  6. Pray through the areas of Psalm 119 that you want to embody in your own life. Ask specifically that God would increase your delight in His Word (vs. 36a).

Psalm 8 - The Majestic Lord

Discussion Questions

  1.  What is one truth or “take-away” from the sermon that you found particularly challenging/convicting/helpful?
     
  2. Read Psalm 8:1-2. How might verse 2 be an encouragement to you? (See also 2 Corinthians 12:9-11 and Matthew 18:1-4.)
     
  3. Read Psalm 8:3-4. How often are you intentional about pausing to reflect on the beauty of God’s creation? When you look at God’s creation, what truths are brought to mind about God and about man?
     
  4. Read Psalm 8:5-8. How do these verses affect your thoughts, words, and actions towards other people and towards creation? (See also, Psalm 24:1-2, Genesis 2:15, and Deuteronomy 8:17-18.)
     
  5. Read Hebrews 2:5-9. How does this passage shed new light on Psalm 8:4-6?
     
  6. Read Psalm 8:9. Take time in your community group to praise God for His attributes, for His creation, and for His provision for us - ultimately through Jesus Christ.

Psalm 58 - The Just Judgment of God

Discussion Questions

  1. What is one truth or “take-away” from the sermon that you found particularly challenging/convicting/helpful?
     
  2. Read Psalm 58:1-5. What are some characteristics of the wicked, based on these verses? Contrast those characteristics with the characteristics of righteousness in James 1:19-27
     
  3. Read Psalm 58:6-11. Does this prayer of David make you feel uncomfortable? How might a better understanding of sin, wickedness, and the havoc and heartache that they cause help us to better appreciate prayers like this? 
     
  4. What are some ways we ought to respond to the reality of God’s righteous judgment? (In your own life? In your interactions with believers? In your interactions with non-believers?)
     
  5. Read Matthew 16:24-28 and Revelation 22:10-15. What “reward” is there for the righteous and how to we attain it?
     
  6. Take time in your community group to pray that fellow members of GCC would be spurred to evangelism and evangelistic prayer by the reality of God’s judgment, their passion for God’s glory, and their love for the unsaved.

Psalm 137 - Remember the Promises of God

Discussion Questions

  1. What is one truth or “take-away” from the sermon that you found particularly challenging/convicting/helpful?
     
  2. Read Psalm 137:1-4. In what ways are we, as followers of Christ, like the people described in these verses? (See 1 Peter 2:9-11, and John 15:18-19)
     
  3. In Psalm 137:1 the people wept when they remembered their homeland. When you see the sin and brokenness of our world in contrast to the joy of citizenship in God’s kingdom, what causes you to weep? What are some Scripture passages you can use to remind you of your citizenship? (See Philippians 3:20)
     
  4. In Psalm 137:5 the psalmist again vows not to forget Jerusalem and to set it above his highest joy. Do you eagerly anticipate your home with Christ as your highest joy, or are there worldly “joys” that you’ve given higher priority?  Read Philippians 4:4-7.  What will such a joy-filled focus on Christ produce in our lives?
     
  5. Read Revelation 18:1-19:9. What is the future destiny of the godless world system symbolized by Babylon? What is the future destiny of those who serve and fear God?
     
  6. Read Daniel 9:1-19. What reasons does Daniel give in his plea for God to act? How can we apply Daniel’s example as we pray against evil in the world?

Psalm 88 - The Cry of the Hurting

Discussion Questions

  1. What is one truth or “take-away” from the sermon that you found particularly challenging/convicting/helpful?
     
  2. Read Psalm 88:1-2. Have there been times in your life where you’ve cried out to the Lord? More importantly, have you cried out to the Lord for your salvation?
     
  3. Read Psalm 88:3-7. Sometimes it may seem like God’s wrath lies heavy upon you, either as the consequence of sin, or because of a trial that is meant to grow you. In what ways is God’s wrath a mercy to his people? (See Proverbs 3:11-12) How does this perspective help us to run to the Lord in such times instead of running away from Him?
     
  4. Read Psalm 88:8-18. Where do you turn when you’re in the depths of despair or loneliness? What Scripture passages and/or biblical truths have been helpful for you in such times? What are some practical ways your community group can be an encouragement to people who are lonely or in despair?
     
  5. How does Psalm 88 challenge or encourage you in your response to difficult periods in your life as you observe where/when/how the psalmist cries, turns, and calls upon the Lord?  Where else in Scripture to we see a similar response by those in periods of turmoil in life?

Psalm 110 - King-Priest-Messiah

Discussion Questions

  1. What is one truth or “take-away” from the sermon that you found particularly challenging/convicting/helpful?
     
  2. Read Psalm 110. How does this Psalm impact your view of who Jesus is? 
     
  3. How is the portrayal of Jesus in Psalm 110 different than popular culture’s portrayal of Jesus? Why is it important to recognize Jesus as a conquering king?
     
  4. What are some of Jesus’ roles as our eternal priest? (See Hebrews 7:23 - 8:6.) In what ways is the priestly service of Jesus better than that of the Old Testament priests?
     
  5. Read Luke 22:31-34. In what ways are you encouraged by Jesus’ conversation with Peter in this passage, in light of His role as our High Priest? 

Psalm 2 - The Lord's Anointed King

Discussion Questions

  1. What is one truth or “take-away” from the sermon that you found particularly challenging/convicting/helpful?
     
  2. Read Psalm 2:3. Does God really keep the nations enslaved in bonds and cords? Is this portrayal of the Lord and His Anointed accurate? Why or why not?
     
  3. Read 2 Samuel 7:12-17. How does this passage inform your understanding of Psalm 2 and the role of the Anointed Son?
     
  4. What does Psalm 2 reveal about where the Psalmist found hope (refuge) in a raging world? How do you respond when the nations rage and the peoples plot around you?
     
  5. Read Joshua 24:14 and Psalm 55:5. How do these verses inform your understanding and application of what it means for you to “Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling?” (Psalm 2:11)
     
  6. Take time to praise Jesus as the Anointed King over all the nations, and to pray for one another in your community group.

Psalm 19 - God's Three Masterpieces

Discussion Questions

  1. Psalm 19:1 tells us the heavens declare the glory of God. What aspects of creation cause you to be in awe of who God is and what He has done? 
     
  2. What is the difference between hidden faults and presumptuous sins in verses 12 and 13? Why is the Psalmist asking the Lord to keep him from presumptuous sins? (See Numbers 15:27-31)
     
  3. What does it mean for “the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart” to be acceptable in God’s sight? If we desire our words and thougths to be acceptable in God’s sight, what impact might this have on our interactions with social media and various forms of entertainment?
     
  4. What are some ways you can choose to show reverence for God and for His Word this week?