Community Group Questions | Psalm 73 | Aug 20, 2017
Psalm 73, "A Change of Perspective" Rev. Scott Mitchell, Pastor of Community Formation
God intends to change you by His Word. How is He at work in you to do that?
Read Psalm 73 and consider these questions.
1 Truly God is good to Israel,to those who are pure in heart.2 But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled,my steps had nearly slipped.3 For I was envious of the arrogantwhen I saw the prosperity of the wicked.4 For they have no pangs until death;their bodies are fat and sleek.5 They are not in trouble as others are;they are not stricken like the rest of mankind.6 Therefore pride is their necklace;violence covers them as a garment.7 Their eyes swell out through fatness;their hearts overflow with follies.8 They scoff and speak with malice;loftily they threaten oppression.9 They set their mouths against the heavens,and their tongue struts through the earth.10 Therefore his people turn back to them,and find no fault in them.11 And they say, “How can God know?Is there knowledge in the Most High?”12 Behold, these are the wicked;always at ease, they increase in riches.13 All in vain have I kept my heart cleanand washed my hands in innocence.14 For all the day long I have been strickenand rebuked every morning.15 If I had said, “I will speak thus,”I would have betrayed the generation of your children.16 But when I thought how to understand this,it seemed to me a wearisome task,17 until I went into the sanctuary of God;then I discerned their end.18 Truly you set them in slippery places;you make them fall to ruin.19 How they are destroyed in a moment,swept away utterly by terrors!20 Like a dream when one awakes,O Lord, when you rouse yourself, you despise them as phantoms.21 When my soul was embittered,when I was pricked in heart,22 I was brutish and ignorant;I was like a beast toward you.23 Nevertheless, I am continually with you;you hold my right hand.24 You guide me with your counsel,and afterward you will receive me to glory.25 Whom have I in heaven but you?And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.26 My flesh and my heart may fail,but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.27 For behold, those who are far from you shall perish;you put an end to everyone who is unfaithful to you.28 But for me it is good to be near God;I have made the Lord GOD my refuge,that I may tell of all your works.
SERMON OUTLINE AND REVIEW:
Point: God calls us and empowers us to see all of life from His perspective.
- This psalm engages our hearts.
- This psalm engages our hearts toward God.
- This psalm engages our hearts toward God’s perspective.
Community Group Questions:
- The Confession of Faith asked, “for what purpose did our Lord Jesus institute His Supper?” The answer said that the Supper accomplishes: “the sealing all benefits thereof unto true believers, their spiritual nourishment and growth in Him, their further engagement in and to all duties which they owe unto Him.” How does the Supper accomplish these things?
- What are some ways that we disengage while in the midst of important things (e.g., reading God’s word, participating in corporate worship, spending time with family and friends, etc.)? How might we move toward deeper engagement?
- Read Psalm 73. What about the imagery used strikes you? What is the purpose of this particular imagery?
- President Theodore Roosevelt once quipped, “Comparison is the thief of joy.” How is this true of Asaph in this Psalm? How is this true of you? How does looking vertically (toward God) instead of horizontally (toward others) help us evict this thief from our lives?
- What is it about knowing Jesus that changes our perspective?
- What causes us to be slow to see our lives from God’s perspective?
- Why might we sometimes not want to see things from God’s perspective?
- How can we help each other in the Community Group to have a more God-ward perspective?
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