July 25, 2021 – Matt Slove – Pastoral Resident

Message Big Idea – Anxiety and turmoil are human afflictions that have been with us since the earliest pages of scripture (Gen 4:5). As we read Psalm 42, we are invited to join the ancient worship song of lament. When singing of and in our sorrow, we learn how to hope. We learn how to invite God and His presence into our situation. 

Reflect on the following sequence of questions. If you are doing this with others, share your responses with them.

LEAN IN >> Think about it.

  • What are you grateful for this week? What are you struggling with?
  • Recall a time you couldn’t feel God’s presence. What was the situation and context of the moment/season?

LOOK DOWN >> Read the following passages and discuss or reflect on the  the corresponding questions:

  • Read Psalm 42 (Read twice – ESV and either NLT or Message)
  • Briefly retell the passage in your own words.
  • What word or phrase “jumped off the page” and intrigued you the most?

LOOK OUT >> Connect the world of the Bible to our culture.

  • Where do those in our culture put their hope?
  • When others in your life who are not yet alive to God’s love experience anxiety and turmoil, how can you help them process through the pain?

LOOK IN >> Go straight to the heart of the matter.

  • In seasons of turmoil do you struggle to Hope in God? Why or why not?
  • Is prayer a first response in your struggle through anxious times?

LIVE IT OUT >> Put it into action.

  • Read Psalms 42 and place yourself in the Psalm by working through it in light of a recent trial you endured.
  • Find one song you can use as a help to prepare you for prayer and praise? 

Practice the art of preaching to yourself by: memorizing Psalm 42:8 “By day the Lord commands his steadfast love, and at night his song is with me, a prayer to the God of my life.” Then craft a paragraph of truth that you can read and meditate on when struggling through anxious times.