Hello, friends! I hope that this has been a fruitful week for you, and you have seen God’s hand moving in your life as well as those around you. Today we find a prayer of David in the midst of a desperate situation. Let’s look at how prayer transforms David’s outlook through the arc of this Psalm. - Peter
CONNECT (Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_ Where is an area of your life that you feel desperate and/or hopeless? How long have you felt this way?
_ 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, 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 143 ]
Hear my prayer, O Lord; give ear to my pleas for mercy! In your faithfulness answer me, in your righteousness!
2 Enter not into judgment with your servant, for no one living is righteous before you.
3 For the enemy has pursued my soul; he has crushed my life to the ground; he has made me sit in darkness like those long dead.
4 Therefore my spirit faints within me; my heart within me is appalled.
5 I remember the days of old; I meditate on all that you have done; I ponder the work of your hands.
6 I stretch out my hands to you; my soul thirsts for you like a parched land. Selah
7 Answer me quickly, O Lord! My spirit fails! Hide not your face from me, lest I be like those who go down to the pit.
8 Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love, for in you I trust. Make me know the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.
9 Deliver me from my enemies, O Lord! I have fled to you for refuge.
10 Teach me to do your will, for you are my God! Let your good Spirit lead me on level ground!
11 For your name's sake, O Lord, preserve my life! In your righteousness bring my soul out of trouble!
12 And in your steadfast love you will cut off my enemies, and you will destroy all the adversaries of my soul, for I am your servant.
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)
_ With what emotions does David enter into prayer? (Vs. 1-4) What is the cause? Vs. 3-4|
_ What is the basis of David’s plea? (V. 5)
_ What are some specific requests that David makes? (Vs. 7-10)
_ Why is the request in V. 10 significant? How does this help david’s present situation?
_ How does the prayer resolve? (V.12) What are David’s departing emotions?
_ How have you witnessed God’s faithfulness in the past? How does that apply to your present hardships?
_ 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)