Trust — Planted by Water: the Psalms, Part 4

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Lamentation is the process of giving our troubles to God. Trust is the process of not taking them back. Pastor Luke looks at Psalm 27:1–6 in “Trust,” part 4 of his 6-part series “Planted by Water (The Psalms).” (Note: we are aware of the poor audio recording quality of this message. We apologize for the inconvenience and are working to improve the situation.)

Questions for Consideration

OPEN. 1. Do you have a cabin? If so, why do you go there? If not, think of someone who does have a cabin? Why do you think they go there?

UNPACK. 2. In verse 1, what three things is God to the Psalmist? Are the words used literally or figuratively? What do those words actually mean?

3. Are there really evildoers who want to eat the Psalmist’s flesh? (v. 2) Why would the Psalmist use such offensive terms to describe his adversaries?

4. Read Psalm 23. What assurance in 23: 6 corresponds to the Psalmist’s desire in 27: 4? In the Psalms, the writer’s focus is usually on this life rather than the next (see v. 13). What, then, is meant by this desire and assurance?

5. What is “the beauty of the Lord” (v. 27: 4)? How can someone behold it?

APPLY. 6. Which of the Psalmist’s words you identified above (question 2) is the most important one for you at this time? Why? If you were writing Psalm 27: 1 today, what three words to describe God would be most relevant to you right now?

7. This Psalm closes (vv. 13–14) with a call to wait on the Lord. What makes that hard to do? What is an example from your own life when your circumstances make you anxious or impatient?

HOMEWORK. 8. In private, make a written list of all your concerns (everything you can think of that makes you anxious or impatient). When you’re finished, read each concern and pray, “I trust you, Lord, with this problem.”