Today is Tuesday, August 29th, 2017; I am excited to learn with you! This coming Sunday we finish our three week series called “Center.”  Come and hear how Jesus’s presence in your life makes all the difference. In today’s passage we see the One, True God listening intently as the Psalmist waits...patiently. Easier said than done, but what a blessing on the other side!  - Kim

CONNECT 
(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_ Tell of a time you intentionally waited for God to work in a situation.  What did you do while you waited?  Did you sense His presence in the waiting?  Was there a blessing after the waiting? Was anyone else affected by your faith?
_ How is the Lord working in the life of someone you are walking with (to help grow in or discover Jesus)?

PRAY
As we open the Bible and look into the Word of God, we understand that we read a Word that has been “breathed out” by God Himself.  God communicates through His Word, through Jesus, and the Holy Spirit in a ministry of presence.  As we wait, watch, and listen, God will act in our life and give us marching orders for the actions we need to take.  Luke documents how Jesus taught the disciples to pray.  Pray this prayer with generations of other believers today.

Luke 11:2-4
2 And he said to them, “When you pray, say:
“Father, hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come.
3 Give us each day our daily bread,
4 and forgive us our sins,
for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us.
And lead us not into temptation.”

DISCOVER  [Psalm 40:1-3]
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions below each portion of text to clarify the main point)

1 I waited patiently for the Lord;

   he inclined to me and heard my cry.

2 He drew me up from the pit of destruction,

   out of the miry bog,

and set my feet upon a rock,

   making my steps secure.

3 He put a new song in my mouth,

   a song of praise to our God.

Many will see and fear,

   and put their trust in the Lord.

_ What is the Psalmist (or YOU) doing in verse 1?  What is God doing?  What does God hear?
_ If the conversation is the relationship - what kind of relationship might the Psalmist (or YOU) have with God?
_ How does God act in response to the cry of the Psalmist?  Where was he/she?  
_Where does God place him as he waits in verse 2?  How will the Psalmist’s next step/action be different?
_ What does the pit of destruction look like in your life? How do you know when you are on a rock instead?
_ How does the mood of the Psalm change in verse 3? Instead of a cry, now what does the reader (and God) hear?
_ What happens as a result of the “new song” from the Psalmist’s mouth in verse 3b?
_ What will the “many” see and whom will they fear?  Where does the trust come from at the end of this portion of Scripture?  How do you build trust with the Lord?
 

+ HOW am I compelled to confess sin and respond with a simple step of action?  (Here are some thoughts to discuss in break-outs)
_ How does what I just learned about the presence and redemptive purpose of Jesus, encourage me?  How will my awareness of the Lord’s compassionate and listening ear, change the way I approach Him and others this week?
_Have I been “waiting patiently” for the Lord, or insecurely running ahead of His sovereign plan?
_What “song” is currently in my mouth?  Am I pointing others to the Lord and His goodness with this “song?”


+ WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus? (one on one or facilitating your own group), what is your next step, do you have the resources you need?