Friday, June 27, 2014

Widows Bible Study: Psalm 77:13-15

Welcome!

And thank you for joining me today. If we were meeting at my house I'd ask you to come on in a take a comfy seat while I get you some iced tea or lemonade. It's so hot here in South Carolina this week I can't even turn the coffee maker on.

Directions for our Bible study are on Tuesday's and Wednesday's post, very simple. So far we've seen the circumstances the writer encountered, the hard questions asked, and the choices made. This pattern is similar to the book of Job. Job endured extreme circumstances of suffering, he questioned God, he made some choices, and at the end of the book God revealed Himself. Today and tomorrow we'll discover the resulting revelations here in Psalm 77 --- and our own hearts too. I still wonder if the writer was widowed!
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The Resulting Revelation, part 1 - Finding out about God

Psalm 77
13 Your ways, God, are _______. What god is as ________ as our God?
14 You are the God who ____________ miracles; you _________ your power among the peoples.
15 With your mighty arm you __________ your people, the descendants of Jacob and Joseph.

  • List words you find in verses 13-15 that describe God and His deeds:
  • Do you agree with these statements about God or do you find yourself raising arguments? (I call the arguments "yes buts...!)
  • What might happen if you began to declare you believe such statements for yourself?
  • (Note: A big mistake in our churches today is to associate "faith" a.k.a. "believing" with "feeling." That's putting the cart before the horse, expecting the shoe to walk without the foot. Faith and belief are mindful, willful actions. They can govern our feelings and that's a good thing. The feelings will catch up with our faith as the grief begins to heal. Depending on our feelings instead of believing what God says in the Bible is unbelief; let's not be lead astray. Don't make emotions and feelings the authority; acknowlege God in first place).  
Psalm 77:13-15 (NIV)
13 Your ways, God, are holy.
What god is as great as our God?
14 You are the God who performs miracles;
you display your power among the peoples.
15 With your mighty arm you redeemed your people,
the descendants of Jacob and Joseph.

2 comments:

  1. God performs miracles, he is all powerful, he restores, he provides. When I let go and let God, there is a peace in my soul a happiness that surrounds me. Patience is what I need and pray for. Faith is there but putting God first in all things is still difficult for me. I need the constant reminder.

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  2. I totally agree Teri. I need patience too, and need the constant reminder to put God first. It's so easy to be distracted. thanks for your good insights.

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