Psalms Series Questions: Psalm 3

1. We saw from Psalm 3 that those who experience pain and sorrow, must not overstate or understate their pain. You cannot give into your emotions and you cannot pretend they are not there. God made emotions as a way to see our life experiences, to color in the picture with shades. When you think on your previous emotions in life (joy, sorrow, sadness, depression), how have you typically thought of them? Did you ever say “I just can’t help but feel this way?”, and now what would you say? Did you ever think “its not a big deal, this too shall pass”, and now what would you say?

2. We were challenged to pray with statements, just as David did in Psalm 3, instead of requests. Admittedly, we should take requests to God, but it should not be our regular experience. Look at what David said below and then answer this, how could you pray with statements of what God has promised that would enable you to take greater confidence. As an example, Christ taught us to pray by stating “Give us today our daily bread” not “please give me food somehow”. Its a declaration of what he promised to us.

You are a shield around me
my glory, the One who lifts my head high.

4 I call out to the Lord,
and he answers me from his holy mountain.

6 I will not fear though tens of thousands
assail me on every side.
Arise, Lord!
Deliver me, my God!
Strike all my enemies on the jaw;
break the teeth of the wicked.

3. We were also challenged to pray with scripture, to converse in scripture, to know scripture so well and have it ever present that when we are struck with the painful cuts of life, we will naturally pour out God’s words. Do you have a discipline of Scripture reading that would assist this goal? If not, how could you start one? What have you been personally reading that has been a great comfort as the cuts of life have hit you?