Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Widows Bible Study: Psalm 77:6b-9

Dear Reader, We're trying out a Bible study this week. Now I know 'widow brain' and how hard it is to hold two thoughts together so I designed this just for that.

Here's all you do: Use the Psalm at the end of today's post to fill in the blanks, and then answer an of the questions you find relevant. You can print this, out do it in your head, but more importantly---meditate on God's Word in your heart. It'd be cool if you'd share any of your answers in the comment box, but that's up to you. At the end of the week we'll have had a good Bible study on this entire psalm.

Throughout this week we'll see the circumstances the writer encountered, the hard questions asked, the choices made, and the resulting revelations. I'll bet you'll wonder if the writer was widowed!
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The Questions
My heart meditated and my spirit asked:
7 “Will the Lord ________ forever? Will he ________ show his favor again?

8 Has his unfailing love ___________ forever? Has his promise __________ for all time?
9 Has God ____________ to be merciful? Has he in anger withheld his _____________?”
  • At what points throughout your life have you asked yourself similar questions? These questions are full of despair and hopelessness, but there's hope to follow so be sure to stick with me for the rest of this week.
  • Are you surprised that the Bible allows these questions? Is it wrong to question God?
Psalm 77:6b-9
 My heart meditated and my spirit asked:
7 “Will the Lord reject forever?
Will he never show his favor again?
8 Has his unfailing love vanished forever?
Has his promise failed for all time?
9 Has God forgotten to be merciful?
Has he in anger withheld his compassion?

3 comments:

  1. I don't think it's wrong to question God at all. If it was wrong, then I don't think He would have put it in the text for us to read! We are human, and I myself have asked him "WHY"? 'What are you doing" "What do you want me to be doing as a single person that I couldn't do married"? I ask those same questions and wonder what some of the answers are for my own life.

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  2. Dear Anonymous, I've often questioned, and still do. I'm becoming more settled without clear cut answers though. The Bible is full of questions---and sometimes even God asks them to get our attention. I never minded when my kids asked me questions and I can't imagine that God would mind either. He's knows our frame and humanity, yet He love us...

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  3. Mankind would be pretty unimaginative if no questions were asked of God. Since He is Love, we need not fear retaliation when we cry out. God deserves our praise, but He accepts and understands our grievances. One of the most encouraging words that I read in the Bible tells us that He wants a true relationship with every one of us. He encourages us to come to him when troubled and confused. I believe there is nothing that comes from a broken-heart that God hasn't heard before. If we are not allowed to honestly express the deepest of our hurts, disappointments, and doubts when most needed, how could we feel that a really close connection with God might ever exist? And if not with God, who - another person or Satan? The former cannot be present for us 24/7, and the latter would add further confusion without any true comfort. It is by expression and a desire to be heard that we come to know God and are drawn ever closer to Him. He created us that way.

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