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Study Guide – Psalm 118:22-29

Psalm118-22-29

22 The stone that the builders rejected
    has now become the cornerstone.
23 This is the Lord’s doing,
    and it is wonderful to see.
24 This is the day the Lord has made.
    We will rejoice and be glad in it.
25 Please, Lord, please save us.
    Please, Lord, please give us success.
26 Bless the one who comes in the name of the Lord.
    We bless you from the house of the Lord.
27 The Lord is God, shining upon us.
    Take the sacrifice and bind it with cords on the altar.
28 You are my God, and I will praise you!
    You are my God, and I will exalt you!

29 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good!
    His faithful love endures forever. NLT

 

In its historical context, what was the concern of verse 22?

 

::::: DIGGING DEEPER :::::

If you have a moment, read 1 Peter 2:4-9 and consider how Psalm 118:22 looks forward to Jesus.

 

Look at verse 23-24. Who is the source of the restoration work?

 

How do verses 25-27 work in their historical context? How do they also point forward to Jesus?

 

Read verse 29 and then look back through Psalm 118. What similarities do you notice?

 

::::: APPLICATION CHALLENGE :::::

Look at verses 28-29. The writer is compelled to move from a personal declaration of faith to a request for others to join him. Which of these two steps do you need to take today?

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Study Guide – Psalm 118:19-21

Psalm118-19-21

 

19 Open for me the gates where the righteous enter,
    and I will go in and thank the Lord.
20 These gates lead to the presence of the Lord,
    and the godly enter there.
21 I thank you for answering my prayer
    and giving me victory! NLT

 

In its historical context, what “gates” does this passage have in mind?

 

How would these verses relate to a gathering of church in our culture?

 

Which parts of these verses might be difficult for people to appreciate today?

 

How does the writer’s declaration in verse 21 influence his thoughts in verses 19-20?

 

::::: EQUIPPING CHALLENGE :::::

Our ability to recognize God’s work and then to be thankful in prayer impacts our desire to gather with other believers in order to worship God. Take a moment to gauge the condition of your heart, to recognize what God has done for you, and then to pray with thankfulness. Repeat this exercise throughout the next several days and follow it up by connecting with other believers for church.

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Study Guide – Psalm 118:10-18

Psalm118-10-18

 

10 Though hostile nations surrounded me,
I destroyed them all with the authority of the Lord.
11 Yes, they surrounded and attacked me,
but I destroyed them all with the authority of the Lord.
12 They swarmed around me like bees;
they blazed against me like a crackling fire.
But I destroyed them all with the authority of the Lord.
13 My enemies did their best to kill me,
but the Lord rescued me.
14 The Lord is my strength and my song;
he has given me victory.
15 Songs of joy and victory are sung in the camp of the godly.
The strong right arm of the Lord has done glorious things!
16 The strong right arm of the Lord is raised in triumph.
The strong right arm of the Lord has done glorious things!
17 I will not die; instead, I will live
to tell what the Lord has done.
18 The Lord has punished me severely,
but he did not let me die. 
NLT

Read verses 10-14. Explain how the Lord became the writer’s “strength” and “song”.

 

In verse 15, why are songs of joy sung by the godly even in a troubled world? How does this apply to your own life?

 

Imagine a world where verse 16 wasn’t true. Then describe  why verse 16 is so necessary.

 

What is the writer compelled to do in verse 17?

 

How does the thought in verse 18 fit into this passage?

 

::::: APPLICATION CHALLENGE :::::

What stood out to you from this study in terms of your own faith in God? Take a moment to pray about this.

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Study Guide – Psalm 118:5-9

Psalm118-5-9

 

5 In my distress I prayed to the Lord,
and the Lord answered me and set me free.
6 The Lord is for me, so I will have no fear.
What can mere people do to me?
7 Yes, the Lord is for me; he will help me.
I will look in triumph at those who hate me.
8 It is better to take refuge in the Lord
than to trust in people.
9 It is better to take refuge in the Lord
than to trust in princes. NLT

 

Look at verse 5. How do you respond to distress in your life? What is your gut reaction or regular habit when you are stressed out?

 

How does the writer of this psalm respond in his distress? Why would this be a good habit for someone to have in moments of crisis?

 

Look at verses 6-7.

 

Look at verses 8-9. How does someone obtain this kind of confidence in the Lord?

 

::::: EQUIPPING CHALLENGE :::::

Trust is a precious resource. How could you choose to give the Lord more of your trust in the next 24 hours?

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Study Guide – Psalm 118:2-4

Psalm118-2-4

 

2 Let all Israel repeat:
“His faithful love endures forever.”
3 Let Aaron’s descendants, the priests, repeat:
“His faithful love endures forever.”
4 Let all who fear the Lord repeat:
“His faithful love endures forever.” NLT

What line does the writer want repeated? Take a moment to repeat this line yourself.

 

Slowly now— Go through each word of this line and describe the rich meaning and interwoven themes.

 

Who are the people mentioned verses 2-3? What is their story?

 

Who are the people mentioned in verse 4? Could you be included in this list?

 

We often think of our relationship with God as being a very personal thing. But the writer of this psalm wants all of these extra people to participate in his recognition of God. Why do you think this was important enough to him that he would invite others?

 

::::: EQUIPPING CHALLENGE :::::

In the next 24 hours, take opportunities to help others recognize the Lord’s goodness. With this in mind, who will you see today that you could invite to walk alongside you in your relationship with God? Take a moment to pray about this.

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Study Guide – Psalm 116:15-19

Psalm116-15-19

15 The Lord cares deeply
    when his loved ones die.
16 O Lord, I am your servant;
    yes, I am your servant, born into your household;
    you have freed me from my chains.
17 I will offer you a sacrifice of thanksgiving
    and call on the name of the Lord.
18 I will fulfill my vows to the Lord
    in the presence of all his people—
19 in the house of the Lord
    in the heart of Jerusalem.

Praise the Lord! NLT

 

How do you feel about a “loved one”? How would you feel if you lost a “loved one”? What would you be willing to do to stop this from happening?

 

Do you think God feels this way about you? Why or why not?

 

The first 14 verses of this psalm focused on God’s desire to answer our prayers. How does this relate to verses 15-16?

 

Look again at verse 16. How is God’s care for us related to God’s care for others?

 

 

In verses 17-19, describe each of the responses the writer of this psalm promises to give to God.

 

As you look back on your life, what times can you identify when God answered your prayers?

 

::::: APPLICATION CHALLENGE :::::

Because the writer of this psalm had experienced such reward through prayer, the writer of this psalm was driven to praise God. Take a moment to praise God for the answered prayers in your life.

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Study Guide – Psalm 116:10-14

Psalm116-10-14

10 I believed in you, so I said,
    “I am deeply troubled, Lord.”
11 In my anxiety I cried out to you,
    “These people are all liars!”
12 What can I offer the Lord
    for all he has done for me?
13 I will lift up the cup of salvation
    and praise the Lord’s name for saving me.
14 I will keep my promises to the Lord
    in the presence of all his people. NLT

 

Look at the first line of verse 10. What is profound about this comment?

 

Many people might say they are “believers” but they rarely stop to pray. What would be the impact of this sort of “faith” in their lives?

 

In the rest of verse 10 and 11, what does the writer of this psalm pray about? What kind of circumstance is occurring in his life?

 

The writer’s experience with prayer is life-changing. In verses 12-14, what significant impact has prayer had upon him?

 

::::: EQUIPPING CHALLENGE :::::

If you believe in the Lord, it would only be right to take time right now to pray to the Lord. Offer whatever is on your heart to God so that God may “bend down and listen” (v.2) and “answer” (v.1) your prayers.

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