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 105:1-11. 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 think about your life, can you share about a particular time when God was faithful to you and for which you remain grateful? Why is it important for us to remember times when God has been faithful to us?
In this Psalm, the writer calls for God’s people to celebrate His faithfulness. How many commands to obey do you see in the first two verses? In what specific ways are you obeying these commands in your day-to-day life?
The first fifteen verses of this psalm are also found in 1 Chron. 16:8-22, where they are used to celebrate the return of the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem. Read 1 Chron. 16:1-7. Why was the return of the Ark an act of God’s faithfulness and something for His people to celebrate?
What did the Ark represent to God’s people? Why do you think there are times when God seems far away from us? What does the writer say about seeking the Lord (v. 3-4)? What does it mean to “seek the Lord?”
When we go through difficult times, why does it help to remember God’s “wondrous works” and “His miracles” (v. 5)? In the Old Testament, who were God’s “chosen ones?” Who do you think are His chosen ones today? What does it mean to be one of His chosen ones?
What does the word “covenant” mean (v. 8-11)? Read Gen. 12:1-3. What covenant did God make with Abraham? According to the psalmist, how long did God promise that this covenant would last (v. 8-11)? In what ways do we see that God’s covenant with Abraham is still being fulfilled today?
God is the ultimate promise keeper. What is one of your favorite promises in the Bible? In what ways do God’s promises and His faithfulness help you to be faithful to Him?
This week’s material is taken from Pastor Bill Wilks’ D-Life Study Guides (Old Testament 2, Week 25: Study of the Psalms).
Suggested Songs for Worship:
· “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” by Thomas O. Chisholm & William M. Runyan
· “Great Things” by Jonas Myrin & Phil Wickham
· “He Will Hold Me Fast” by Ada Ruth Haberson & Matthew Merker