Welcome to week three of our sermon series on Psalms called the Poetry of Trust. This week we will look at three voices in the Psalms and understand more about praising God as Creator, learning to be honest during seasons of deep disappointment, and finding hope in the rescuing work of God.
Building healthy and life-giving relationships.
What has been new or challenging in your life since last time the group met? Spend 20–30 minutes checking in with each other.
Share Part of Your Story
In our culture, fall often brings about fresh starts and a new rhythm to the calendar. What are you most looking forward to starting this fall?
Spend some time praying for one another. Does anyone in your group have an unbearable sorrow that they feel they are carrying? How can you lift one another up and encourage one another to trust in God? Are there any tangible things your group can be doing to support and care for each other in this season?
Taking next steps toward Christ together.
This week we’ll be in a few chapters of Psalms. Have you ever read any Psalms before? If so, what was your take on them?
The Voice of Gratitude
Read Psalm 65:1-13. What does the author say God provides? Why would this be significant to people then?
How are these things still critical to us today?
What is one thing God regularly provides that brings you joy?
The Voice of Disappointment
Often life has deep disappointments. What three areas of disappointment did Jeff mention this week?
David is disappointed with others as they have mistreated others (Psalm 10). What are some ways this happens today?
What are some ways you’ve been disappointed? What are some ways you’ve disappointed others?
Why do you think it could it be easy to shift our disappointment with others into a disappointment with God?
Living in a fallen world means not only will others disappoint us, but we will also disappoint ourselves. Read Psalm 51:1-3 as a group. What is David feeling? Who is he talking to?
How do you think God feels about you in those times when you’re disappointed with yourself?
Why is it important to continually talk with God through all these disappointments of life?
The Voice of Trust
Have someone in your group read Psalm 13. What three ideas do you see David express?
Why are all three ideas important when expressing disappointment with God? How do they act as a good model for prayer?
Talk together about the rescue provided for us on the Cross. How does the hope of the gospel bring us freedom from unbearable sorrow and into incredible joy?
How has God brought you rescue and provision in your life both big and small?
What is one thing you can do today to put more of your trust in God as the Rescuer?
This week’s conversation centered on three themes found in the Psalms. Which of these themes resonated with you the most? What is one next step you can take this week in that area?
INVEST IN OTHERS
Valuing people outside the group and outside the faith.
Discuss how you and your group can better engage the people in your life outside your small group.
Last week you came up with a plan to reach out and invite someone to your group. Who did you connect with and what was the response? Is there any follow up you need to make with them?
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