July 1, 2018
Summary: We can be confident rather than fearful because our good God is with us
Key Scripture: Psalm 27
The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 27:1
Overcome fear by BEING CONFIDENT IN GOD (Psalm 27:1-6)
Overcome fear through PRAYER AND GUIDANCE (Psalm 27:7-12)
Overcome fear by PROCLAIMING THE GOOD NEWS (Psalm 27:13-14)
In Psalm 27 David expresses his fears. What are some things you personally fear? How do you deal with your fears? Share one of your most frightening experiences with your group.
Read Psalm 27 as a group with four readers: Reader #1 (1-3), reader #2 (4-6), reader #3 (7-12) and reader #4 (13-14). What did you notice about the bookends of this psalm (27:1-3, 13-14)?
Read Psalm 27:1-6 again. What does David mean when he says God is his “light” and “stronghold” (1)? How do these words relate to his confidence (27:2-3)? What do you know of David’s enemies? What was his first priority and how did his focus on worship help him in these battles (27:4-6)?
Why is there a change in tone in Psalm 27:7-12? Even strong followers of Christ face times when we are insecure, fearful and lonely. How does Psalm 27:7-9 inform our prayers at these times? How does the Lord “teach us” and “lead us” (27:11)?
Read Psalm 27:13-14 and look at the word “wait.” What is involved in waiting on the Lord? What are some wrong ideas people have of waiting? What should we be doing while we are waiting?
When it comes to fighting battles (27:1-3), what weapons do Christians have (see Ephesians 6:10-18)? If knowing and worshiping God is the core of finding courage (27:4-6), what distractions do we need to overcome our pursuit of security in God?
What can we learn about walking with God from verse 8? Why is verse 11 a good one to memorize?
ASSIGNMENT: Psalm 27:13-14 tell us to believe and wait. How will you preach the good news to yourself this week? How will you proclaim it to your family, friends and coworkers? Share your ideas with your group and pray for each other.