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 86:1-11. 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).
When you experience times of trouble, how does this affect your prayer life? Is it good for people to turn to God in times of trouble? Why or why not?
In this Psalm, David prayed and called upon the Lord in a day of trouble. Based on David’s many requests in this prayer, what kind of trouble do you think he was experiencing? Even though he was the King of Israel, why do you think he described himself as “poor and needy” (v. 1)?
David asks God to “preserve” his life for four specific reasons (v. 2). What were these four reasons that David mentions? Even though David had great sin in his life, how were these four things still true about him? In what ways are these four things true about you?
How long did David say that he cried out to God (v. 3)? What is the longest you have ever prayed to God and what was the occasion? What three big things did David know about God that led him to pray for His grace (v. 5-6)?
According to David, how does his God compare to other gods (v. 8)? What great truth did David reveal about all the nations of earth (v. 9)? Read Rev. 5:6-10. What was required of one from David’s lineage to make this possible?
When you pray each day before your daily Bible reading, how is praying David’s brief prayer in verse 11 a great example to follow?
If you are not committed to read His Word daily, does it profit to ask God to “teach me Your way?” Why or why not? In what ways does your life show that you desire to “walk in His truth?”
What does it mean to ask God to “unite my heart to fear your name?” Is there anything in your heart today that is competing for your loyalty to God? How can we pray for you about this?
This week’s material is taken from Pastor Bill Wilks’ D-Life Study Guides (Old Testament 2, Week 21: Study of the Psalms).
Suggested Songs for Worship:
“By Grace Alone” by Martin Luther & David Ward
“A Mighty Fortress” by Martin Luther, Frederick H. Hedge, Jordan Critz & Matthew Boswell
“How Great Is Our God” by Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash, & Jesse Reeves