Family Devotional Guide - 6/11/23
For the remainder of the summer months, we’ll be featuring a “Songs of the Summer” series by utilizing some of the D-Life material from the psalms. This series will include selections that aren’t already being covered in this summer’s D-Life groups. For those not already involved in the D-Life groups, this series will give you a taste of what the groups discuss each week. Please note that we’ll be launching new groups in September, so that will be a great time to get involved.
For this week’s lesson, we will be discussing Psalm 78:1-8. One suggested use for this material would be to break up the discussion questions into three days (and read the Bible study passage each time before discussing those questions).
How important is it for parents to teach their children about God? Why do you think some parents neglect this? What are the consequences when parents neglect this important responsibility?
In this Psalm, the writer instructs parents to teach their children about God as he retells the history of Israel. What things did the writer say they would not hide from their children but tell to the coming generation (v. 4)?
Why is it important to teach the next generation about the glorious deeds of the Lord and the wonders that He has done? What are some of the glorious deeds and wonders that God had done for Israel in her past? Can you share about some glorious deeds God has done for you?
What testimony did God establish in Jacob (v. 5a)? What is the difference between God’s testimony and His law that He appointed in Israel (v. 5b)? In what ways is God’s testimony consistent with His law? Do you think God’s moral law is timeless and unchangeable? Why or why not?
What command to obey did God give to fathers (v. 5c)? Surely this command also applies to mothers, but why do you think fathers are singled out? According to the writer, what were the important reasons for this command to fathers (v. 6-7)? What does it mean “to set your hope in God” (v. 7a)?
In what ways did the writer describe the previous generation of leaders in Israel (v. 8)? How did things turn out for this stubborn and rebellious generation? Why do you think we fail to learn these lessons from history?
This week’s material is taken from Pastor Bill Wilks’ D-Life Study Guides (Old Testament 2, Week 19: Study of the Psalms).
Suggested Songs for Worship:
“Be Thou My Vision” by Eleanor H. Hull & Mary E. Byrne
“How Great Is Our God” by Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash & Jesse Reeves
“Great Things” by Jonas Myrin & Phil Wickham