Psalms • Part 2
We all suffer from time to time, sometimes little things and sometimes devastating events happen in our lives. We pray and pray and it seems as if no answer is in sight. What does the Bible have to say about those times when we are in great despair? Could it be that suffering is a necessary piece to deepening your intimacy with God?
1. What has been your biggest takeaway from reading the book of Psalms these last few weeks? How has God brought you closer to Himself through this precious book of the Bible?
2. Read Psalm 42. What was one thing that stood out to you from the sermon this past weekend? What are some things (bad or good) in this life that keep you from being desperate for the presence of God?
3. What do you think the difference is between viewing God as an ingredient to living a satisfied life and viewing God as the source of all life? Describe a time in your life when you sought to add God into a situation instead of surrendering the whole situation to Him?
4. Do you agree with the statement, “Contentment begins when we place the weight of our lives on God”? How do you see contentment within the author of Psalm 42?
5. Read Psalm 42:7-8. What is your typical response to suffering and hardship? How does God’s sovereignty (His control) impact your view of the suffering and hardship you are facing?
6. The key to lamenting is remembering that He who began a good work within you will carry it on to completion. What are some ways that you can remind yourself of God’s faithfulness in the past to fuel your faith in Him for the future?
7. One properly laments before the Lord by: (1) Deepening their roots in Him daily, (2) Crying out for more of Him in their time of need, (3) Declaring their honest feelings freely and (4) Remembering what He has done for them. Which of these 4 things do you struggle with the most when you find yourself walking through a dark valley? What is one thing you can practically aim to do to get better at living that truth out?
Small Group Questions:
1. What is the role of community when one person or a group of people within that community are struggling? How can we help each other remember that this time of suffering will be worth it one day and that God is using it to draw us closer to Himself?
2. How are you doing at, “Deepening your roots in Him daily”? What spiritual discipline do you need to focus on this week to help you grow in your intimacy with the Lord?
3. How can we pray for each other this week?