FBC Diana members,
I want to encourage you to take time for Bible reading and study, prayer, and singing again this Sunday. Regular 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 19 aloud.
Thanks/Praise. What do you see in Psalm 19 as a reason to praise or thank God? What specifically about God’s character or action is praiseworthy from this passage?
Confession. Think of ways you and others might have sinned this previous week. Think of specific ways sin was expressed in your home, in family life together, on your job, in your neighborhood, and in your community.
Supplication. Here are some topics you might consider praying about:
- Pray for FBC Diana’s deacons and pastor.
- Pray for the salvation of our parents, our siblings, our children, and our grandchildren (both your own and the family of fellow church members).
- Pray for persecuted brothers and sisters around the world.
- Pray for teachers and administrators and school employees of all kinds.
- Pray that God will unite our church members in love for Christ and love for one another, even though we are not physically able to be together.
- Pray that our church members will reach out to one another and encourage one another with Scripture.
- Pray for Redemption Baptist Church in Nacogdoches (Pastor Wesley Burke) and for Shady Grove Baptist Church (Pastor Derick Walker) and for Erbil International Baptist Church (Pastor Mack Stiles).
You might spend some time simply thinking and talking through Psalm 19. And you might also use the following questions to help guide your thoughts and discussion.
- What is Psalm 19 all about?
Psalm 19 seems to have three parts:
- Verses 1-6 are a prayer of praise, accenting the display of God’s glory in creation.
- Verses 7-11 continue the prayer of praise, emphasizing the value and benefits of God’s special revelation of Himself in or by His word.
- Verses 12-14 shift to a prayer of supplication, pleading for personal reformation and ongoing love and obedience.
Looking at verses 1-6, consider the following questions.
- How might the sky or heavens declare God’s glory?
- How does the psalmist particularly point out the beauty and strength of the sun as an evidence and illustration of God’s glory?
- What do you think it means when the psalmist says that the “speech” or “voice” of the sky is “heard” to the “end of the world”?
- How might Romans 1:19-20 be a correlative passage to this one?
- According to Psalm 19:1-6 and Romans 1:19-20, is there anyone in the world who truly knows absolutely nothing of God’s glory? Explain.
Looking at verses 7-11, consider the following questions.
- How does this passage describe God’s word (i.e. God’s “law,” “testimony,” “precepts,” “commandment,” and “rules”)?
- What does this passage say God’s word does?
- How does this passage teach us that God’s word is useful and relevant to every season and circumstance of life?
- How might 2 Timothy 3:16-17 be a correlative passage to this one?
- According to Psalm 19:7-11 and 2 Timothy 3:16-17, how should we prioritize our regular exposure to the Bible?
- What are some practical ways you can add Bible reading, memorization, and meditation to your daily routine (or give them more time or effort if you already do them)?
Looking at verses 12-14, consider the following questions.
- What is the specific request the psalmist makes in verse 12?
- How does Scripture help us “discern” our “errors”?
- What is the specific request the psalmist makes in verse 13?
- How does Scripture help “keep” us from “presumptuous sins” and help us to be free from the “dominion” of sin?
- What is the specific request the psalmist makes in verse 14?
- How does Scripture help us our words and thoughts or feelings be “acceptable” to God?
- How does the psalmist’s focus on God’s particular attributes in verse 14 end this psalm on a hopeful and reassuring note?
Songs to Sing
Click on the links below to view lyrics, download song sheets, and/or listen to song audio.
Read Psalm 20 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.