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posted by Bethel Group Life | Aug 8, 2020

Week 9 - Questions for Reflection
Psalms 107-122

Aug. 10
Psalm 107 – There are four types of people referenced in this psalm. In each case the Lord brought them to a breaking point to turn them back to Himself. This breaking and bringing back is defined as the “steadfast love” of the Lord (verses 8, 15, 21, 31 and 43). Do any of you have a similar testimony of God breaking and bringing you back that we haven’t heard yet?

Psalm 108 – What does everyone think about getting together one day this week at the top of Badger Mountain (or a more suitable location) before the sun rises and praying/praising the LORD so as to “awake the dawn” like in verse 2?

Aug. 11
Psalm 109 – The curses pronounced against the offender in verses 6-20 (most likely Ahithophel) are quite serious. To be honest, I have never been this upset with someone before. Can any of you identify with David’s hatred?

Psalm 110 – In verse 3 there are two things I would like to hear your thoughts on.  1) What do you think, “Your people will offer themselves freely” means, and are you doing it?  2) What do you think, “the day of your power” is referencing?

Aug. 12
Psalm 111 – This psalm is a celebration of God’s works and the attributes they reflect. Share a work God has done in your life and what God-attribute it highlights.

Psalm 112 – When speaking of the upright in this psalm, twice it references being gracious and helping the poor (verses 4-5 and 9). Is there something we can do to assist someone in need?

Psalm 113 – There is none higher than the Lord and yet He raises the poor (vs 7), He lifts the needy (vs 7), and He gives the barren woman a home full of children (vs 9). How awesome is our God to take note of the lowest, the forgotten, the destitute, and the rejected among us, despite His loftiness! What’s something we can do to honor Him that reflects this same heart? 

Psalm 114 – So mighty is the Lord who paved the way for His people coming out of Egypt. His power and presence cause nature to flee and bow down. What are you fearing and why? Let’s renounce those fears in light of He who is on our behalf, and let’s trust His going before us. 

Aug. 13
Psalm 115 – In what have you been placing confidence or hope other than the Lord? Let us renew our trust in Him and, “bless the LORD from this time forth and forevermore.”

Psalm 116 – What a powerful psalm. The author speaks of a time where death, distress, and anguish were all he had. From his dire circumstance he cries to the LORD and the LORD delivers him. An eruption of praise rightly occupies the rest of the psalm. Amid that praise is a peculiar statement, “Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.” How do you reconcile this verse with the rest of the psalm, and why is it part of the psalmist’s exultation?

Psalm 117 – God’s heart is for “all nations”. You see this in the great commission (Mt. 28:18-20), and Paul quotes this psalm in Romans 15:11. Do you have a heart for the nations? If so, what do you do on a regular basis that reflects this longing, or is there something we can do as a small group?

Psalm 118 – Verse 19 creates an image of a crazed worshiper rattling the locked gates of the temple, impatiently demanding the priests open them that he might commence in an eruption of thanksgiving to God. Let’s do the same as we greet this new day. Text a praise to God of what you are thankful for.

Aug. 14
Psalm 119 – What is your favorite verse from this chapter and why?

Aug. 15
Psalm 120 – This psalm resonates with how we are called to be sojourners on this earth (1 Chronicles 29:15; Psalm 39:12; Psalm 119:19; Psalm 119:54; Hebrews 11:9; Hebrews 11:13-16). Sometimes the reality we find ourselves in truly highlights this sharp contrast between our heart’s longing and the world’s methodologies. Do you have an example of a like frustration with that of the psalmist in this arena?

Psalm 121 – Some will choose to trust in things on this earth, but we choose to trust in the One who made the heavens and the earth. Who are you trusting to keep watch over you? Is it a thing or a person? I hope not. Our God doesn’t sleep; He is ever vigilant. He is our keeper from this time forth and forevermore. Let us lift a prayer of confidence today, celebrating the Protector of our souls.

Psalm 122 – Do you long for fellowship? Are you excited and taking advantage of the outdoor services? If you feel comfortable, consider this your invitation, “Let us go to the house of the LORD!” (vs 1). There is something quite spectacular about being with other brothers and sisters, even if it entails a mask and some 6 ft. distancing. Hope to see you there.

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