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Below you will find resources to help you on your journey through the Book of Psalms. We've provided you with a reading plan for the upcoming week, journaling prompts, a weekly Spotify playlist, and ideas for prayer. Be sure to check in every week to see what we have for you next as we continue to enrich our journey through the Psalms.
Reading Plan May 29th- June 4th
Psalms 141-145. Read and reflect on Psalm 150 in preparation for Sunday, June 4th's teaching. You can download the reading guide for the entire Psalms series here.
Scripture memorization is an important discipline to introduce to our lives as a way to actively hide God's word in our heart. It allows us to not only internalize the text, but to share that truth with others more readily.
Memory Verses for May: Psalm 139:23-24
Search me, O God, and know my heart!
Try me and know my thoughts!
And see if there be any grievous way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting!
* A quick note on journaling: if you're new to this practice, our journey through the book of Psalms will be a great way to get started. The most important step to forming this discipline in your life is to write anything and write often. Journaling is an incredible way to slow down, digest the content of a text, let your brain internalize thoughts that may come up, and keep a record for future reflection on what God was speaking to you during your reading. Journaling can take many forms such as written prayers, bullet points, stream of consciousness, or even poetry. Try some different methods and find the one that works best for you.
Journal Prompts / Discussion Questions from Today's Teaching
When you first hear that God requires things of you, what is your initial reaction? Why?
How does the gospel help in meeting these requirements of God in your life?
How have you placed ultimate confidence in someone other than God? How did that
turn out for you?
Are you a person that others can be confident in? If not, what are you doing to change
What does faithfulness is sanctification in coveralls mean?
What does it look like to live a just life?
Are you giving your neighbor their Mispot?
Journal Prompts / Discussion Questions for This Week's Reading
Do you believe that your prayers are effective? Why or why not?
What does it look like to pray tangibly for the will of God?
Verse 7-10 show that David and those who are with him feel broken and as if they are as good
as dead, and yet they have an expectation of protection because of their sovereign God.
Where in your life do you need to trust in God’s sovereign hand?
Psalm 142 holds the same pattern as Psalm 141 where we see David describe his distress, call
out to God, and then explain attributes of God in relation to his circumstances.
Take a moment to look at your life and identify what your distress is and where your delight is.
Then write down the attributes of God that you can identify goes with those.
What are you crying out to God in this season of your life?
“The deeper the need, the more fervent the prayer”.
What was a time in your life that the need was so great you cried out to God?
- How did he answer?
What does it look like to lean into our relationship with God when the overwhelming moments
of life come? How do you meditate on Scripture so that it saturates your soul?
What war are we fighting today? Who is our common enemy?
“Man is like a breath; his days are like a passing shadow”. How does recognizing how fast life
moves impact are call to make disciples in the kingdoms of God?
Do you have confidence in God? Why or why not?
What are ways that you can depend your confidence, trust, and hope in God?
What do you think of when you think of God? How high are your thoughts of God?
Meditate on 145:8-9. Read it out loud. Write it down. Memorize it.
Why is God’s grace AND his mercy so important? What’s the difference between the two?
Where do we see his grace and his mercy in our lives both in the communal sense and in the
God of majesty, I would not confuse my admiration of those whom I respect with adoration of you whom I trust. I will appreciate people but worship only you, in and through Jesus Christ. Amen.