Psalm 139.1-24 – November 6, 2020

Psalm 139.1-24

You have searched me, Lord,
and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue
you, Lord, know it completely.
You hem me in behind and before,
and you lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too lofty for me to attain.

23 Search me, God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.

 (Psalm 139:1–6, 23-24, NIV)

Is there another passage in scripture that better communicate the intimacy of God’s knowledge of you? Feeling left out and all alone? This is the psalm for you!

Thought Questions:

Do you think of God searching you as a positive or negative thing? Why do you feel this is the case?

In what ways do you see people seeking to be fully known? In what ways do they look to their relationship with God to provide this, versus a relationship with other people or things?

Pray that God will search you today and as he does, respond to his prompting.

Psalm 107.1-43 – September 18, 2020

Psalm 107

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
his love endures forever.
Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story—
those he redeemed from the hand of the foe,
those he gathered from the lands,
from east and west, from north and south.

(Psalm 107:1–3, NIV)

What’s your story?

Thought Questions:

In what ways have you experienced the never-ending forever-enduring love of God?

As one who has been redeemed by God, what story do you have to tell others about God’s love for you?

Go tell someone that story today.

Psalm 34.1–22 – September 7, 2020

Psalm 34:1–22

I will extol the Lord at all times;
his praise will always be on my lips.
I will glory in the Lord;
let the afflicted hear and rejoice.
Glorify the Lord with me;
let us exalt his name together. 

I sought the Lord, and he answered me;
he delivered me from all my fears.
Those who look to him are radiant;
their faces are never covered with shame.
This poor man called, and the Lord heard him;
he saved him out of all his troubles.
The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him,
and he delivers them. 

Taste and see that the Lord is good;
blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.
Fear the Lord, you his holy people,
for those who fear him lack nothing.
10 The lions may grow weak and hungry,
but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.
11 Come, my children, listen to me;
I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
12 Whoever of you loves life
and desires to see many good days,
13 keep your tongue from evil
and your lips from telling lies.
14 Turn from evil and do good;
seek peace and pursue it.

(Psalm 34:1–14, NIV)

Taste and see that the Lord is good!

Thought Questions:

What sort of actions would you describe as glorifying and extolling the Lord together? In what ways do you do these things and how can you do them more?

How has the Lord delivered you from all your fears?

Does it seem odd that we would describe seeking the Lord with the idea of “taste and see?” Why is this a perfect way to describe our desire to know him better?

Psalm 125.2 – September 4, 2020

Psalm 125.2

As the mountains surround Jerusalem,
so the Lord surrounds his people
both now and forevermore.

(Psalm 125.2, NIV)

“When we went to the Holy Land, as we were driving into Jerusalem, the song came to me–the Lord truly surrounds his people.”

Thought Questions:

In what ways is being surrounded by God a good thing? Why is this the case?

Jerusalem is literally surrounded by mountains, providing a barrier for protection from outside forces. In what ways has God provided a barrier of protection for you?

How is your faith strengthened knowing God protects you both now and forever?

Psalm 62.1-2 – September 3, 2020

Psalm 62:1–2

Truly my soul finds rest in God;
my salvation comes from him.
Truly he is my rock and my salvation;
he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.

(Psalm 62:1–2, NIV)

“Each chapter of life, I use these scriptures to renew my mind & keep my sight set on Christ.”

Thought Questions:

Describe a time when you have fully felt rest in God, rest that impacted your entire being.

In what ways did you thank God or give him praise for being the one who brought you rest and salvation?

What are some practical ways we can rely on God to be our rock in a world that is anxious and stressful (and certainly not one in which we find rest)?

Psalm 119.1-176 – August 27, 2020

Psalm 119

Blessed are those whose ways are blameless,
who walk according to the law of the Lord.
Blessed are those who keep his statutes
and seek him with all their heart—
they do no wrong
but follow his ways.
You have laid down precepts
that are to be fully obeyed.
Oh, that my ways were steadfast
in obeying your decrees!
Then I would not be put to shame
when I consider all your commands.
I will praise you with an upright heart
as I learn your righteous laws.
I will obey your decrees;
do not utterly forsake me.

 (Psalm 119:1–8, NIV)

“It shows true love of our God and the cry of his heart to follow God’s commands.”

Thought Questions:

Take some time today or this week to read all of Psalm 119, start to finish.

As you read through the entire psalm, what themes, ideas, or words do you hear repeated? Why are these important?

What does it mean to “walk according to the law of the Lord”? What things do you try to help you do that?

Psalm 42.1-11 – August 4, 2020

Psalm 42:1–11

As the deer pants for streams of water,
so my soul pants for you, my God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When can I go and meet with God?
My tears have been my food
day and night,
while people say to me all day long,
“Where is your God?”
These things I remember
as I pour out my soul:
how I used to go to the house of God
under the protection of the Mighty One
with shouts of joy and praise
among the festive throng. 

Why, my soul, are you downcast?
Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
for I will yet praise him,
my Savior and my God. 

My soul is downcast within me;
therefore I will remember you
from the land of the Jordan,
the heights of Hermon—from Mount Mizar.
Deep calls to deep
in the roar of your waterfalls;
all your waves and breakers
have swept over me. 

By day the Lord directs his love,
at night his song is with me—
a prayer to the God of my life. 

I say to God my Rock,
“Why have you forgotten me?
Why must I go about mourning,
oppressed by the enemy?”
10 My bones suffer mortal agony
as my foes taunt me,
saying to me all day long,
“Where is your God?” 

11 Why, my soul, are you downcast?
Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
for I will yet praise him,
my Savior and my God.

(Psalm 42:1–11 , NIV)

Psalm 42 is a great Psalm for these times when so many find their souls downcast and disturbed, when the world around us seems to have gone off the tracks.

Thought Questions:

Would you say that your “soul pants for God?” Why would you say this is or is not the case? How can you make it more the case?

One reason we might have to not long for God (or anyone, for that matter) are struggles or troubles in our life. How do you typically respond to troubles when they come your way? Is increased trust in God one of your “go to” reactions?

In what ways do you put your hope in God, both today and everyday?

Psalm 136 – July 16, 2020

Psalm 136

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.
His love endures forever.
Give thanks to the God of gods.
His love endures forever.
Give thanks to the Lord of lords:
His love endures forever.

(Psalm 136:1–3 , NIV)

God’s love endures forever.

Thought Questions:

Make a list of the things for which you are thankful to God today.

As you read through the Psalm 136 in its entirety, what things would you add to the author’s list?

How does God’s love impact your list of thanksgivings?

Psalm 121 – June 21, 2020

Psalm 121:1–8

I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth. 

He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep. 

The Lord watches over you—
the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night. 

The Lord will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life;
the Lord will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.

(Psalm 121:1–8, NIV)

“It is a promise of continual strength available to me from God.”

Thought Questions:

Where would you say you most often look for help when your life gets hard?

Why might it be easy for people to assume that the Lord slumbers or perhaps is not interested in the affairs of individuals? How would you answer those who make this claim?

In what ways have you seen the Lord watch over you?

Psalm 91 – June 9, 2020

Psalm 91:1–16

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.” 

Surely he will save you
from the fowler’s snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.
A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
You will only observe with your eyes
and see the punishment of the wicked. 

If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm will overtake you,
no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the great lion and the serpent. 

14 “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”

(Psalm 91:1–16, NIV)

“I always pray this over our sons. It comforts me that God is watching over them keeping them safe.”

Thought Questions:

Think of times in your life when you have needed a refuge and a fortress. What created those moments when refuge was needed and in what ways did God prove to be that refuge and fortress for you?

How comforting is it to know that God is watching out and protecting you?

How do you call out to the Lord?