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 32 aloud.
Thanks/Praise. What do you see in Psalm 32 as reasons to praise God? What specifically about God’s character or nature is praiseworthy? How might you praise God for what He has recently done in your life or for how He has shown you grace and care.
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 recently been expressed (in your home and family life, on the job, in your neighborhood, and in your community).
Supplication. Ask for God’s help in various ways. Here are some topics you might consider praying about:
- Pray for wisdom and courage for your pastor and others who are trying to lead and shepherd their church members well without gathering on these Sundays.
- Pray for persecuted Christians around the world who constantly face various challenges to their weekly gathering (i.e. not just during a pandemic).
- Pray that God would draw many sinners to Himself while people in our culture are generally more mindful of their mortality.
- Pray for our governmental leaders to wisely preserve and protect life.
- Pray that God would give efficiency and endurance to healthcare workers.
- Pray that God would help husbands and fathers to have a fresh resolve to regularly lead their wives and children in daily Bible reading and prayer.
You might spend some time simply talking through Psalm 32. And you might also use the following questions to help guide your discussion.
- What is the major theme or concept of this Psalm?
- How might you describe the words “transgression” and “iniquity”?
- What does it mean to have transgression forgiven or to have iniquity not counted against someone?
- In verses 3-4, to what “silence” referring? And why did “silence” make the psalmist feel so miserable?
- According to verse 5, when did relief from misery come to the psalmist? And what brought about that relief?
- Does confessing your sin to God and others bring relief? Explain
- If confessing our sin does bring relief, then why do you think we often avoid or resist confessing our sin?
- What do you think the psalmist is talking about in verse 6, when he says, “at a time when you may be found”?
- Verses 8-9 seem to be words spoken from God to the psalmist, rather than from the psalmist to God, like the rest of psalm 32. If so, what do you think God is instructing in verse 9 by saying, “Be not like a horse or a mule, without understanding, which must be curbed with bit and bridle…”?
- What are some ways you can learn well from God’s instruction and cultivate self-control in your own life?
- Verses 10-11 seem to lump together “the one who trusts in the LORD” and the “righteous” and those “upright in heart.” Why do you think these are contrasted with “the wicked” of verse 10?
- How does the gospel of Jesus Christ help us to enjoy the “steadfast love” of God and “be glad in the LORD” even though we are wicked sinners?
- How does the ongoing presence of God in the lives of believers (i.e. Christians) help them to live righteously and with upright hearts?
Songs to Sing
You might sing some familiar songs you like, and/or you might also sing the songs presented on the following pages.
Come, Behold the Wondrous Mystery
Read Psalm 33 aloud.
Thanks/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 the songs or your discussion with others 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.