Week 2 Day 1: Psalms of Lament

Read Psalm 3
Personal Bible Study
  • David wrote this Psalm in the middle of a crisis, but he doesn't believe he is defeated.  Why not?
  • When you face a crisis, can you share David's confidence?  Why or why not?
  • How did Jesus' work on the cross and in the tomb ensure you the same confidence David had?
  • Read Hebrews 2:14-15 and Revelation 20:10.

Family Discussion Guide
The Invocation or Address to God
  • An invocation is purposely asking God to be present.  Psalms of Lament often begin with a cry to the Lord.  This invites God close to listen to your heart.  Where do you see invocation in Psalm 3?

Daily Reflection Questions
  • What fundamental truth does this text reveal?
  • How does this text inform the way God intends me to view myself, others, my circumstances, and the world?
  • How can I apply the truth of this text to my life in a practical way?

Community Conversation Suggestions
  • Did any of theses Psalms resonate with you?  Which ones?  Could you identify with any of the speakers?
  • Have you ever cried out to God like the writers of these Psalms?
  • Based on these Psalms, what did these writers believe about God?  Do you view God the same way?

Spiritual Growth Activity
  • Reflect on what you have learned reading the Psalms of Lament.  Has this study encouraged you to open your heart to God in new or more complete ways?
  • Is there a situation or idea that is causing you grief, pain, anxiety, or one you feel is beyond your control?  1 Peter 5:7 gives God's children permission to unburden ourselves by coming to Him and expressing our distress.  God wants to be present in our pain.
  • Try writing a Psalm of Lament.  Including all 5 elements:  the invocation, lament, request, expression of trust, and praise.

Weekly Memory Verse
You, Lord, hear the desire of the afflicted; You encourage them and listen to their cry. - Psalm 10:17

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