It is unclear when this Psalm was written, or who exactly were David’s enemies at the time. This could have been a Psalm that he repeated, a prayer that he lifted up to God on a continual basis. In this passage, there are some beautiful attributes of God that we can rest our minds on, call upon, and use in worshipping Him. - Amy
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.
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 86:12-15]
12 I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart, and I will glorify your name forever. 13 For great is your steadfast love toward me; you have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol. 14 O God, insolent men have risen up against me; a band of ruthless men seeks my life, and they do not set you before them. 15 But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what is a key truth or thought that I learn?
(Use these questions to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)
_ Why was David offering up praise to the Lord? (vs. 12-13)
_ Who was rising up against David? How did they view or revere the God of David? (v.. 14)
_ What are the attributes of God seen in verse 15?
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)