Happy Wednesday to you! In this Psalm we find David speaking of God’s glory in a many of ways, from presence to personal creation. Please join us at our Sunday Gatherings at 9:00am and 10:45am!
- Max Myers
CONNECT (Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_ What is one way that you see God’s presence? What is one way you wish to see God’s Spirit in your life?
_ What is one way the Lord is impacting the life of someone you are walking with (to help grow in or discover Jesus)?
_ Take some time to thank and praise God for who He is and His sovereignty over our lives, to pray for those you are walking with, for the needs you/group are facing, and for the Spirit to highlight truth as you read.
DISCOVER [ Psalm 139 ]
139 O Lord, you have searched me and known me!
2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
you discern my thoughts from afar.
3 You search out my path and my lying down
and are acquainted with all my ways.
4 Even before a word is on my tongue,
behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.
5 You hem me in, behind and before,
and lay your hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
it is high; I cannot attain it.
7 Where shall I go from your Spirit?
Or where shall I flee from your presence?
8 If I ascend to heaven, you are there!
If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!
9 If I take the wings of the morning
and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
10 even there your hand shall lead me,
and your right hand shall hold me.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me,
and the light about me be night,”
12 even the darkness is not dark to you;
the night is bright as the day,
for darkness is as light with you.
13 For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother's womb.
14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
18 If I would count them, they are more than the sand.
I awake, and I am still with you.
19 Oh that you would slay the wicked, O God!
O men of blood, depart from me!
20 They speak against you with malicious intent;
your enemies take your name in vain.
21 Do I not hate those who hate you, O Lord?
And do I not loathe those who rise up against you?
22 I hate them with complete hatred;
I count them my enemies.
23 Search me, O God, and know my heart!
Try me and know my thoughts!
24 And see if there be any grievous way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting!
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)
_What does this passage say about the characteristics and nature of God's sovereignty?
_What is the purpose in David speaking and proclaiming the sovereignty of God?
_What is David saying about the knowledge of God in vs6
_What is David saying about the Spirit of God in vs 7-12. What does this mean for followers of Jesus now?
_What is said about our creation, personally, in vs 13-16? What does this add to our identity? What does this show about the love of God for us? How should we then view others in that love
_Why is it that David speaks the way that he does against the enemies of God in vs 19-22? Does David have the authority to speak this way? If all scripture is breathed out by God.... what does that mean for this passage?
_What is it that David seems to be telling God to do in vs 23-24? Why?
_This psalm seems at first to be incredibly fragmented, in just one poem. Is there any correlation between these different sections? If there is, what truth does it reveal about our Holy God?
_What good-news about Jesus (salvation, forgiveness, help, comfort) do we discover in this passage?
+ HOW am I compelled to confess sin and respond to what I learned today with a simple concrete step of action/obedience? (In groups discuss this in guy/girl break-outs, below are a couple of ideas to help prompt responses if needed)
+ WHO are you walking with that you might pass along or encourage what you learned, with today? (e.g., your family around the dinner table, a friend, co-worker or neighbor you are walking with to discover the message Jesus)