Discussion Questions for March 18, 2018

PSALM 19

WHAT DOES THE TEXT SAY?

1.  Try organizing this Psalm into sections.  How many would you use?  What are they? 

2.  What declares God's glory, and shows His handiwork? What do the heavens and sky refer to? 

3.  What “pours out speech and reveals knowledge” and about whom are they revealing this? 

4.  What does it mean, then, when it says that “there is no speech, nor are there words”?

5.  What does it mean that the sun “comes out like a bridegroom” or “like a strong man, runs its course with joy”?

6.  In v7, how does David transition from God speaking through creation?

7.  What synonyms does David use for God’s Word in v 7-9?  Why do you think David uses several synonyms for the Word of God? What do these words reveal about the role of Scripture?

8.  In v7-9, what four effects can the Word of God have on its readers?

9.  What does it mean that Scripture is “more to be desired”? In comparison to what?

10.  In what way does Scripture serve as a warning?  In what was is it a reward?

11.  What concern does David have regarding "hidden faults"? For what does he pray concerning "presumptuous sins"? In v12-13, what two kinds of sins does David pray to be delivered from? How would you distinguish between these types of sins?

12.  How would you summarize the big idea of Psalm 19?
 

HOW DOES IT APPLY?

1.  Is the truth about God’s glory in creation obvious to everyone?  What would lead some people hear and see it and others to not?

2.  When a person truly sees the work of God’s glory in creation, what would be a reasonable response?  How can we become more attentive to hearing God through creation?

3.  How can you assess whether the Word is more valuable than any other material, earthly object in your life? 

4.  How can we continue to grow in believing that the word is the key to our finding our joy in God.

5.  What would it look like to pray against hidden faults? To pray for help in living in a way that genuinely displays the authenticity of our relationship with Him?

 

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