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A New Year to See God's Wonders

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This Sunday we looked at Psalm 119:17-24 and considered what we might learn from the psalmist’s meditation and love for the Word of God. If you missed the sermon, you can catch up here with our podcast.

I invite you to read through the text and meditate on it this week, and pray that God would open your eyes to see His wonders in this new year.

Psalm 119:17-24
17 Deal bountifully with your servant, that I may live and keep your word.
18 Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.
19 I am a sojourner on the earth;hide not your commandments from me!
20 My soul is consumed with longing for your rules at all times.
21 You rebuke the insolent, accursed ones, who wander from your commandments.
22 Take away from me scorn and contempt, for I have kept your testimonies.
23 Even though princes sit plotting against me, your servant will meditate on your statutes.
24 Your testimonies are my delight; they are my counselors.

Discussion Questions

I also invite you to discus these truths at home with your family, and also with our church family at this week’s Community Group meetings. Below are many discussion questions for you to consider.

General Questions
  1. What are the highlights? What stood out to you from the text?
  2. What questions do you have?
  3. What points of application did you take away from the text?
Text Specific Questions
vv.17-18
  • How does one move from self-seeking ownership to God-serving stewardship?
  • Do you seek the wonders of God when you read Scripture––is beholding God’s wonders your aim when you read Scripture? 
  • How do you usually approach the text––what do you find helpful? 
  • Practically, what does it look like for one’s eyes to be opened to the wonders of God––can you think of any biblical examples? 
  • What is the difference between the Spirit’s work of illumination, and the danger of mystical/personal/super-spiritual interpretations of Scripture? 
vv. 19-20
  • How does the psalmist’s sojourn amplify his longing for God’s Word?
  • How would you counsel someone who doesn’t long for God’s Word?
vv. 21-22
  • How does meditating on God’s rebuke affect the actions of the psalmist?
  • How might the psalmist’s example guide us when we experience scorn or contempt?
vv. 23-24
  • How would you contrast the plotting of the princes with the meditation of the psalmist?
  • Do you find it easy or difficult to seek wisdom for your troubles in Scripture? Why or why not?
Closing Questions
  • How would you like to grow in spiritual disciplines with God’s Word this year?
  • When it comes to the Bible, how do the affections of your heart need to be transformed?
  • How might you cultivate desire for God’s Word?

May God incline our hearts to His Word, and open our eyes to see His wonders!

Pastor Ben