Sunday Content - May 24
Reflection and Discussion
- Over the next four weeks, we will engage God through the Psalms, specifically with our fears, pain, failures and doubts. Which of those most characterizes your experience of this season: fear (anxiety, dread), pain (isolation, depression, sadness), failures (sin, temptation, escape), or doubt (resentment, bitterness, questioning God)?
- Read aloud together one of the Psalms we’ll be discussing. Choose one: Psalm 3, 22, 130, or 73. What words or phrases resonate with you and why? Does anything in this Psalm surprise you? How so?
- Jesus clearly immersed himself in the Psalms throughout his life. What is significant about that to you?
- Now move into prayer together. Read the Psalm from #2 slowly to yourself and allow it to shape the “what” and “how” of your spoken prayer. Take your time with this process. If you’re praying with someone else, take turns and allow silence as you work your way slowly through the Psalm.
Scripture Practice for the Week
Engaging the Psalms
Throughout this series we will provide various ways for you to encounter God through the Psalms. This week begin your journey in this book by reading, highlighting, marking up, and/or praying through some of the more familiar Psalms. You may even consider getting the “Psalms Scripture Journal” or a Psalms-only volume to use throughout our extended time in the Psalms.
DAY ONE: Psalm 1
DAY TWO: Psalm 23
DAY THREE: Psalm 34
DAY FOUR: Psalm 121
DAY FIVE: Psalm 150