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Family Devotional Guide - 7/16/23

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 100:1-5. 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).

Discussion Questions:

  • What activities or events in life bring you the most joy and excitement? Do you get excited about worship? Why or why not?

  • In this well-known psalm, the writer calls all the earth to give praise and thanksgiving to God. Why should we “make a joyful noise or shout” to the Lord (v. 1)? What reasons do God’s people have to be joyful?

  • In verse two, what two commands to obey does the writer give? In what specific ways are you obeying these commands?

  • With what kind of attitude should we “serve the Lord” (v. 2a)? Why should it make us glad to serve the Lord? With what kind of attitude should we “come into His presence” (v. 2b)? Regardless of the quality of your voice, why is it important for you to sing joyfully and passionately to the Lord?

  • What did the writer instruct us to “know” about the Lord (v. 3a)? Why is this an essential truth for us to know? In what ways does modern science seek to rob us of this truth? In your mind how do you balance between science and the Bible’s views on creation?

  • What does it mean to you that we are “the sheep of His pasture” (v. 3b)? Read John 10:11. What kind of shepherd is the Lord and in what ways does He provide for His sheep? How should we respond to our Good Shepherd?

  • According to the writer, with what actions should we “enter His gates” and “His courts” (v. 4)? Read Psa. 103:2-5. What five great “benefits” are we instructed to remember? With this in mind, what do you have to be thankful for? How long does God’s steadfast love and faithfulness endure (v. 5)?

  • Even in difficult times, why should God’s people live with an attitude of gratitude toward God? How does this help us overcome our trials?

This week’s material is taken from Pastor Bill Wilks’ D-Life Study Guides (Old Testament 2, Week 24: Study of the Psalms).

Suggested Songs for Worship:

  • “The Heart of Worship” by Matt Redman

  • “All People That on Earth Do Dwell” by William Kethe & Louis Bourgeois

  • “Wonderful Merciful Savior” by Dawn Rodgers & Eric Wyse

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