FBC Diana members,
I want to encourage you to take time for Bible reading and study, prayer, and singing again this Sunday. Family and/or personal time devoted to such things is critical to our growth as Christians. You may use any structure that seems appropriate for you and/or your family, but I recommend following the outline below.
Read Psalm 90 aloud.
Confession. Think of ways you and others might have sinned this previous week. Don’t accuse others in your prayer but do try to confess specific ways sin has been expressed in your home and family life.
Supplication. Ask for God’s help in various ways. Here are some topics you might consider praying about:
- Pray for those most at risk and likely most fearful during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Pray for those in our community who are feeling lonely or depressed.
- Pray for church members who may be facing hard financial stress.
- Pray that church members will set good priorities and use their time well.
- Pray for lost/unsaved friends and family members.
- Pray for church members to be gracious with others as we all express various convictions about what to do with our time and how to respond amid the pandemic.
- Pray that God will graciously provide for our financial obligations and that we will be able to maintain our church budget during this time.
You might spend some time simply talking through Psalm 90. And you might also use the following questions to help guide your discussion.
- What is the major theme or concept of this Psalm?
- What do we learn about God from the opening verses?
- How might we benefit from meditating on the reality that the LORD is God from “everlasting to everlasting”?
- How do verses 3-6 teach us to think about the span of our earthly lives?
- Does your normal perspective of life differ from these verses? Explain.
- How do verses 7-11 call our attention toward that great day when all people will stand before the LORD?
- What do you think it means that “our iniquities” and “secret sins” are set “in the light” of God’s presence?
- Why do you think the psalmist asks the question he does in verse 11? What do you think he is getting at?
- What are the two prayer requests in verses 12 and 13?
- What does it mean to “number our days”? And how would doing that give us “a heart of wisdom”?
- What is the psalmist asking in verse 13: “Return, O LORD! How long?”?
- What requests do you see in verses 14-17?
- What is the ultimate biblical expression of God’s favor?
- What is the Christian hope expressed in verse 17?
Songs to Sing
You might sing some familiar songs you like, and/or you might also sing the songs below. The lyrics and audio are linked for your convenience.
Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing
Read Psalm 91 aloud.
Thanks and praise. Offer thanks and praise to God for specific things that come to your mind today… maybe from recent personal experience or maybe from something in the Scripture or songs or discussion today.
Marc Minter is the senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Diana, TX. He and his wife, Cassie, have two sons, Micah and Malachi.