A Song About Our Future
Pastor Phill Howell provides the 37th sermon of the Songs of the Savior series by expositing Psalm 37. The big idea this week is that the LORD knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish (Psalm 1:6). Psalm 37 is an acrostic psalm where David communicates how believers should trust the LORD when the wicked prosper (v. 1-11), to judge the wicked (v. 12-22) and to bless the faithful (v. 23-29). Believers should also trust the LORD and wait (v. 30-34), trust the LORD with their future (v. 35-38), and trust the LORD to save the righteous from the wicked (v. 39-40). Jesus Christ fulfills the psalms by saving the righteous from the wicked, making the unrighteous righteous! The scripture readings from our worship service were from Psalm 1 and 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24.
1. Have there been times when you have prayed for something and wanted something and you didn’t receive it but others did? What occurred? How did it impact you?
2. Have you struggled when the wicked seem to prosper? How does God ask us to respond to this?
3. What do you think contributes to you or others struggling to trust the LORD?
4. How does trust impact your anger, worry, or anxiety?
5. How does a person become content with whatever they have?
6. How have you seen God change you or others to desire things differently than you did before?
7. How does it impact us and others when we are generous?
8. How is God guiding parents to respond to the difficulties of parenting?
9. How does Psalm 37 say that God will act towards the wicked? How does this psalm direct us to pray for the wicked?
10. Where does salvation come from? How does your life indicate where salvation comes from?
11. Where do you tend to go to when you need refuge and peace?
12. How does Jesus demonstrate justice for the wicked and refuge for the righteous?