The Lord your God is with you,
the Mighty Warrior who saves.
He will take great delight in you;
in his love he will no longer rebuke you,
but will rejoice over you with singing.”
(Zephaniah 3:17, NIV)
“To know that the Lord of heaven would sing over even me truly comforts me.”
How can you discover God’s presence with you, especially when you might otherwise think of him as far, far away?
What does it mean to you that God is described as a “Mighty Warrior who saves” you?
How much comfort is there for you in knowing that God sings over you, a sign of his love and care for you?
Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
2 Worship the Lord with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.
3 Know that the Lord is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
5 For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.
(Psalm 100:1–5, NIV)
What reasons do you have to “shout with joy” to the Lord?
What are some ways you can “shout” so that those around you can hear about God’s wonderful deeds? (Beyond simply shouting, obviously!)
In what ways have you seen the Lord’s goodness and ever-lasting love today?
Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know. (Jeremiah 33:3, NIV)
“God reminds us that all we have to do is ask.”
If you could sit down face-to-face with God and have a conversation, what sort of questions do you think you might want to ask him?
What things has God shown you that were “great and unsearchable?”
What have you asked for God to reveal to you today?
Psalm 56.3-4, 10-11
When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.
4 In God, whose word I praise—
in God I trust and am not afraid.
What can mere mortals do to me?
10 In God, whose word I praise,
in the Lord, whose word I praise—
11 in God I trust and am not afraid.
What can man do to me?
(Psalm 56:3-4, 10-11, NIV)
“When we are afraid – mortal man cannot hurt us…”
What things make you afraid?
What sort of things do you typically do to alleviate the fears you have? Where would you say you usually put your trust? God? Your own power? The strength of others? What else?
How does the psalmist’s statement that man can do nothing to you reassure you?
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
6 There was a man sent from God whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. 8 He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.
9 The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
15 (John testified concerning him. He cried out, saying, “This is the one I spoke about when I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’ ”) 16 Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known. (John 1:1–18, NIV)
God loves us so much, he had his son come down from heaven and moved into our neighborhood, where he built a house and lived with us to show us God, our Father.
We know about Jesus as a human who lived on earth, but how does his divinity affect how you view him and what he accomplished by coming to earth?
In what ways does Jesus’ humanity–his coming to live on earth–cause you to appreciate him all that much more? How do you think you would think of Jesus had he NOT come to earth?
How would you respond to people who say we have never seen God?
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11, NIV)
Regardless of what situation we find ourselves in, God is aware of us and wants his good for us.
What words would you use to describe your life when you feel hopeless or without direction? Would you say this is a common feeling for you?
How is your life affected knowing that God wants his good for you?
In what ways do you hope in God?
I can do all this through him who gives me strength. (Philippians 4:13, NIV)
“I like the fact that it mentions that we can always lean on God.”
What sort of things would you like to do for God if you knew that you could not fail in doing so?
When we read through Philippians 4, we discover Paul is focused on being content in any and every situation. How does God’s strength allow us to be content and do “all things” for him?
In what ways have you been strengthened by God?