Today, Monday, January 21th, 2019, we begin a brief respite in Psalm 86. The Psalms as a whole give us a poetical instruction for life under the reign of God.  Psalm 86 is one of many Psalms written by King David. As one chosen by God, David spent his life learning how to live under and through and with and for Yahweh, his LORD.  God’s people over the years have sung, memorized, read, shared, and responded to these beautiful words. As we experience our Lord’s faithfulness to His promises today, may we be thankful that He inclines His ear to us and answers us with mercy and grace. - Kim

The following guide is a resource for you to use in your personal time of solitude with the Lord as well as when you connect with the Community that you facilitate.  It can also be used for times with family or friends around the table.

CONNECT

CATCH-UP- What was your high and low from last week/yesterday?

SING + PRAY- Take some time for song (guitar, hymn, acapella or read a Psalm) and extended prayer as an individual/community.  A simple path of prayer is to pray through one of the Psalms as a group or use the acronym ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication).

DISCOVER (IN LARGE GROUP)

[ Psalm 86:1-4 ]

A Prayer of David.
1 Incline your ear, O Lord, and answer me, for I am poor and needy. 2 Preserve my life, for I am godly;
save your servant, who trusts in you—you are my God. 3 Be gracious to me, O Lord, for to you do I cry all the day. 4 Gladden the soul of your servant, for to you, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.

+ WHAT are some of the main ideas that emerge from these verses?
(Use these questions to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)

_ Paraphrase verse 1.  How have you asked the Lord into your daily life?
_ What specific word does King David use to ask the Lord to speak into his life in verse 1?  
_ Do you expect the Lord to answer when you pray?  How has He answered you recently?
_ Why does the David say he is asking the Lord to enter in to his life?
_ Reflect on why King David would use the words “poor and needy” when he had plenty of money and resources
_ Why does King David say that God should preserve his life?  Look for three reasons.
_ What does it mean that King David is “godly?”  Through whom are we each “godly?”
_ In verses 3-4 what is David specifically asking the Lord for?  What are you asking the Lord for today?
_ How does David petition the Lord in 3-4?  How often does he do it?
_ Why might David refer to himself as a servant when he is a king?
_ What good-news about Jesus (salvation, forgiveness, help, comfort) do we discover in this passage?


PROCESS (IN BREAKOUTS OF 2-3’S, GUYS/GIRLS)

+ HOW is the Lord calling me to action/obedience? Is there sin to confess, a next step to take, how has it gone since last time?

+ WHO am I walking with and praying for to discover Jesus, what is my next step? (e.g., Build trust by spending time with them, set-up an intentional time to share your story, begin a discovery study on the teachings of Jesus with them)