Psalm 91/ Discussion Questions

Discussion Questions
Psalm 91


DISCUSSION
1.    Read Psalm 91:1-2. Notice that the Psalmist piles up these metaphors for God… “shelter, shadow, refuge, fortress.” Discuss for a moment what you think the psalmist is saying and how does this help us to understand God’s character?

2.    Read Psalm 91:3-13. Notice how the further you go into this description of God’s cover and protection that it seems to take on more of a spiritual nature than a physical. How does this help us to understand the major thrust or theme of this Psalm?

3.    When we understand the deliverance and protection aspect of this psalm we also notice that it is in the midst of intense danger that this occurs. What does this tell us about what it means to “be delivered”? (also read Paul’s account of his own ministry in 2 Tim 3:10-13).

4.    Read Psalm 91:14-16. This reminds us what was first stated in the first two verses of this Psalm… that it is not for all believers, but only for those who have a specific kind of relationship with God. Look at those statements closely that qualify who this protection and covering is for. How does this help in understanding the theme and promise of this Psalm?

5.    Jack stated that Satan used this very Psalm to tempt Jesus (Matthew 4) while in the wilderness before his ministry began. How did Jesus respond? How could satan use these same tactics to tempt us today? How do we resist these attacks?


PRAYER
Spend sometime in prayerful reflection of thanksgiving for who God is and what he has done.

Psalm 100 – Discussion Questions

INTRODUCTION
Psalm 100 is a hymn of thanksgiving. It recognizes that we, God’s creation—his people, his sheep—may serve him in sacrificial worship of our whole lives.


DISCUSSION
1.    This psalm opens and closes with a call for all the earth to praise God because of his faithfulness to all generations. God is not a tribal God; he is concerned for all people. Is your heart for all people as wide as God’s heart?

2.    What does it mean to serve God?

3.    We typically think of gratitude when we think of thanksgiving. However, biblical thanksgiving is closely related to worship and sacrifice. How does this change your understanding of how we express thanksgiving to God?

4.    This psalm describes us as “sheep.” What is it about sheep that make this analogy so good when describing God’s people? What does our prayer life look like without thanksgiving?

5.    Read Colossians 4:2. How does thanksgiving aid or even alter our prayer requests to God?

APPLICATION
This psalm describes us as God’s people (pl.), not his individuals (sg.). How does community help us with expressing thanksgiving to God?


PRAYER
Spend sometime in prayerful reflection of thanksgiving for who God is and what he has done.

Psalm 30 / Discussion Questions

Discussion Questions
Psalm 30

INTRODUCTION
David found himself close to death, or Sheol, and cried out for help. God, being true to his covenant promises, saved David from death. This psalm is an incredible allusion to God’s work of bringing life from death in Christ’s resurrection, the ultimate fulfillment of First Fruits.


DISCUSSION
1.    David said that he was “drawn up” from the pit, which is the similar language we find elsewhere spoken of water being drawn up from a well. How is this a picture of salvation?

2.    What does it mean that God’s “anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime?”

3.    C. H. Spurgeon, when commenting on this psalm, said; “Let us never forget to pray, and let us never doubt the success of prayer. Prayer will succeed where all else fails.” Why do we sometimes forget to pray? How do we break this bad habit?

4.    Amazingly, Psalm 30 was traditionally sung on the feast of first fruits, the very day Christ resurrected from the dead. Read though Psalm 30 in light of this observation. What stands out to you?

5.    Psalm 30:9 says, “What profit is there in my death, if I go down to the pit?” What if Christ never resurrected from the dead?

APPLICATION
Paul says in 1 Corinthians 15 that we can have hope of a future resurrection because Christ defeated Satan, sin, and death. How does this knowledge help us mourn those who have passed with hope of a future resurrection?


PRAYER
Spend some time in prayer with one another for things drawn out of the discussion.

Daniel 12 / Discussion Questions

Daniel 12
Discussion Questions

INTRODUCTION
In the closing chapter of Daniel we are given the hope of the resurrection. This final defeat of death by life will culminate our eternal rest in Christ. Until then, we are implored to labor out toward that rest.


DISCUSSION
1.  Why is a physical, bodily resurrection so important for salvation? Why can’t our resurrection simply be spiritual in nature?

2.    Read Daniel 12:4. Why would God want these words concealed and put away? What does this say about apocalyptic literature and prophecy?

3.    While we all want to rest from our labors, this passage tells us that for now, we need to labor on, in Christ, toward our rest. What does it mean, practically speaking, to labor on toward our rest in Christ?

4.    Read Daniel 12:3.  What does this tell us about the importance of evangelism?  Could it be that evangelism is one of the greatest acts of worship and obedience?

5.    Read 2 Peter 3:8-9 and Romans 2:4.  Discuss this quote: “God’s delay in Jesus’ return is not for those that know Christ, but for those who don’t know him.”

APPLICATION
Finishing Daniel, spend some time discussing what you’ve found most applicable from our time in this incredibly complex and rich book. What challenged you? Have your views changed or stayed the same on certain issues? How has this affected your following after Christ?


PRAYER
Spend some time in prayer with one another for things drawn out of the discussion.