Psalm 119

What a great week to study Psalm 19! My friend, Crystal, did an amazing job today leading our group through this amazing Psalm.

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of your hands. ?????

Biggest take always from studying Psalm 19:

1. The skies, nature and all the earth are works of God’s mighty hands. The glory of God is displayed in so many amazing ways. Psalm 19 is full of symbolism and awe inspiring truth: creation is God’s invisible nature and characteristics, His eternal power and divinity, are clearly seen in and through what has been made. (Romans 1:19-20)

Psalm 115:6 reminds us that the earth was a gift to us by God. A gift. Enjoy it.

Take a moment to stop, look around and smell some roses or grass or trees or squirrels today. ?

2. The law of the Lord is perfect, rejuvenating, trustworthy, radiant, pure, firm, righteous, and the giver of joy. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The Word became flesh= Jesus. (John 1:1, 14)

When reading this Psalm insert Jesus wherever law, statutes, precepts, commands and decrees are written… how does it change your perspective?

In Psalm 119:24 the psalmist says “Your statutes are my delight; they are my counselor.” Isaiah prophesied that Jesus would be called wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)

We have Our Winderful Counselor, by His Holy Spirit, all the time. Go to Him.

3. There are 3 Heavens in scripture. In this Psalm, “heavens” is mentioned twice (verse 1 and 4). In 2 Corinthians 12:2-4, Paul mentions a third heaven where he was shown paradise and heard inexpressible things.

The first heaven is the sky, our atmosphere, in which our human eyes can see; where birds fly and clouds float.

The second heaven is the celestial heaven or outer space. This is where the moon, stars and sun can be found.

The third heaven is God’s house, paradise. God cannot be placed in a geographic location, but His place of residence is way above our understanding and knowledge.

How does knowing about the three heavens change the way you read this Psalm?

4. The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever. Proverbs 6:22-23 (msg) says “the fear of the Lord means hating Evil, whose ways I hate with a passion. Pride and arrogance and crooked talk. Good counsel and common sense are my characteristics.

As followers of Jesus we are called to love people but hate the sin. So much of what is happening in our culture stems from pride, arrogance, self righteousness and crooked talk. If we seek our Wonderful Counselor, we receive good counsel and common sense which create your character.

Character is who you are when no one is looking. Character defines you. What’s going to come out of you when there’s pressure?

David says, in verse 10, that God’s Word is more precious than honey than much pure gold. Honey is natural. Gold is beautiful. Both are privileges. God’s word is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path.

Act Justly. Love mercy. Walk humbly with our God.

Post a picture in the comments of the most beautiful, breath taking view of nature that you have ever seen. Did it speak to you of God? How?

 

Psalm 143

My friend, Erika, led group this week and brought great insights and applicable tools for our study of Psalm 143.

This Psalm is known as the prayer of a soul in distress. There are different theories as to when David wrote this Psalm, but one of the more accepted theories is that he wrote this prayer while on the run from his son, Absalom.

This week we looked at how David constructed his plea. He prayed from a place of desperation. Have you ever felt completely overwhelmed and defeated? <– Me too.

Biggest take away from Psalm 143:
(1) David magnifies who God is more than his troubles.

Who David says God is:
Righteous (vs 1, 11)
Unfailing Love (vs 8, 12)
Faithful (vs 1, 5)
Holy (vs 2)
Sovereign (vs 5)
Good (vs 10)
Protector, Shelter, and Refuge (vs 9)

(2) David prayed for more than deliverance from the situation. He asked for it to mean something, for God to use his distress for His glory. How often to we thank God for the problems we are facing because we trust that He has plan to work it all out for good?

(3) In verse 3, David says his enemies crush him to the ground and make him dwell in darkness. Those are real feelings, true emotions he felt. He didn’t hold anything back from God. But, he didn’t stay in that darkness of thought, he remembers what God has done for him (vs 5). We can learn from David and remember. In times of despair, remember what God has done for you, remember your blessings and fix God thanks.

Thanksgiving squashes darkness.

(4) David says his enemies make him dwell in darkness, but in Psalm 23, David says God makes him lie down in green pastures and walk along still waters. We have been given a free will. We have a choice which way we will go. Will we allow darkness or Light to reign in our hearts and minds?

Jump over and read Psalm 23. Write it out and meditate on it.

(5) Basics of Prayer:

-Pray should be heartfelt.
1 Samuel 1:10-13

-Pray from a humble heart.
Psalm 143:6

-Pray with faith.
Mark 11:22-24

-Pray in obedience to God’s will.
James 1:22

What were your biggest take always from this week’s study?

Psalm 63

My friend, Ina was our guest leader today and had so much prepared, she didn’t get to half of it. That’s when you know it’s good stuff.

Note on background before recap:

King David wrote Psalm 63 many years after he took the throne when his son, Absalom, revolted against him (2 Samuel 15). Yet again, he was on the run, fleeing for his life. He penned this Psalm in the dry desert lands surrounding his homeland of Judah.

Biggest take always from Psalm 63 Study and Discussion:
(1) David chose to focus on God not his problems. After all he has been through with Goliath and Saul, he found himself in a terrible situation where his own son sought to take his life and throne. He could’ve easily focused on “why me… again God” yet he chose to magnify God instead.

(2) David writes from the wilderness and we can all relate to being in some kind of wildernesses in our life. A place that is dry, weary, lonely, and desolate. Keep in mind how David’s focus in on God even though he is physically thirsty, his spiritual thirst for God is far greater.

(3) David remembers God when he goes to sleep. Night time is one of the enemy’s favorite times to attack our thoughts and get us out of peace. We are tired and usually not mentally alert. Joshua 1:8 tells us to mediate day and night on God’s Word.

In verse one, earnestly is the Hebrew word shachar. Shachar means to seek early. The verb tense used in Hebrew refers to an intensive or intentional action or process that is incomplete. Meaning— seeking God first thing in the day is an intentional act that is never completed. Always seek; pray without ceasing. Seeking Him all day and remember Him as you lay your heads down to sleep.

(4) Mediation is focus and prayer is expression. Meditation is being filled up by God and prayer is pouring out to God.

(5) Jesus tells us to love our enemies as ourselves, but David spoke of his enemies destruction. ?

David was speaking of justice not revenge. Justice is in God’s hands. David was trusting God to handle his enemies according to His will. David was also being human and pouring it all out to God– his hurts and anger. God can handle our human emotions. He wants us to just come to Him and give it all to Him. 1 Peter 5:6 reminds us to cast all our cares and worries on Him. David was doing just that. Remember that David also lived under the old covenant. Forgive and pray for those who hurt us is what Jesus calls us to do. (Luke 6:27-36)

Related Scripture:
2 Samuel 15:30
Psalm 145:5
Psalm 17:8
Luke 6:27-36
Colossians 3:3
1 Peter 5:6-9

What was your biggest take away this week?

Psalm 1

Want the study? —>Psalm 1

Psalm 1 is said to be the preface Psalm in which the rest of the book is based. This Psalm begins with “Blessed” linking it to the Lord’s Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5:3.

Our guest leader, Jen, came armed and ready to lead our group today with powerful insights and practical truths to live out.

Top 5 take always from group today:

(1) The world says walk, stand and then sit- living a life that is comfortable and godless. It’s easy to sit and stay complacent. Our relationship with God is opposite- Sit (with God and read His Word), stand (full of His Spirit and mediate on His truth), then Walk (live a life that reflects the internal transformation of His Spirit within you).

(2) verse 3, implies that the blessed man/woman will bear fruit as a result of his faithfulness to continually seek God… first the root (relationship with God), then the fruit (acts). Most importantly, we are to act in the fruit of the Spirit (character of God). We are dispensers of God’s character toward others. When pushed what comes out of you? Which fruit of the Spirit do you struggle with the most? (Genesis 12:2 God told Abraham that he would bless others, dispense good toward others.)

(3) We are women planted by streams of water. Jesus said He was the living water in John 4:14. The closer we plant ourselves to Jesus, the more abundance and fullness of life we experience: internally and externally.

(4) We study and meet together so we each can grow into the fullness and maturity of God by knowing His Word, living His Word and loving His Word. We will not be like a chaff blown away by the wind because we know what and why we believe. Planted. Rooted. Unshakable.

(5) Three ways God measures success: speak His Word, meditate on His Word and obey. (Joshua 1:8)

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Psalm Study Series

 

This Friday starts our Psalm study series that will take us to September.

Each week of Psalm Study Series we will have a guest leader, from within our group, that will study her little heart out, prepare questions and lead us through the Psalm of the week.

Come expecting God to do something amazing.


Each Week Study will look like this:

This week we will study ________.

(1) Read Psalm ____ in two different translations.

(2) Write out your favorite translation of Psalm _____ **double spaced

(3) Mark it up: circle, highlight, underline:

*Define unknown words.
*Look up related cross references.
*Rewrite certain verses that stand out to you in your own words.
*Write out a prayer using this passage.

(4)Reflection:

*What does this passage reveal about who God is?
*What does this passage reveal about yourself?
*What stands it to you as you read?
*What is confusing?

(5) Meditate:

*Which verse stuck out to you the most? Why?

*Memorize and pray that verse—> How is God changing you with His Word this week?


Get ready, it’s going to be amazing! !! ??