Psalm 23- Family Bible Study
My turn to lead the Family Bible Study – Monday 13th August 2018 – a slow day – Bible Study finally started at 2 pm! Andy wanted to play a worship song before we started:
This was my Bible Study and some brief thoughts from us all
Opening Prayer – Andy
Introduction – Jo – author David,popular Psalm, read together slowly and reflectively
Opening Prayer – Andy
Introduction – Jo – author David, popular psalm, read together slowly & reflectively
Read – Peter read from his Bible: Psalm 23
Read in age order – youngest first- one verse each – from our own bibles- Jo read last two verses.
Question 1: Why do you think Psalm 23 is so popular? Andy – Generically depressing, simple & starts nice, Nathan – often people are afraid, people are comforted by this Psalm, Peter: new ideas on what Gd is telling us, Steven – comforting words.
Andy read from Christianity Today on the popularity of Psalm 23: christiantoday.com
Question 2: Anything you don’t understand? Discussion on preparing a table in the presence of enemies and the significance of oil in the culture of the day. Steven noted the significance of the cup overflowing, in terms of hospitality this means that the guest wants you to stay, you are welcome
Question 3: What stands out the most this time of reading Psalm 23? Andy: verse 4: Even though I walk through the darkest valley,I will fear no evil,for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. Andy shared notes from the Life Application Study Bible for verse 4. Nathan: verse 3: he refreshes my soul, he guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. For his name’s sake – for God’s glory. Jo – in agreement with Nathan on verse 3, how God guides us for his glory, like he guided the Israelites, parting the red sea showed His power, His glory – we need to show people to Jesus, not get in the way – all to God’s glory. Peter: when we wander off, God is quick to find us. Andy: amazed that the rod and staff guides and kills. Andy: notes from study bible: ‘When we allow God, our shepherd, to guide us, we have contentment.
Encouragements: 1. encouraged family to use their S.W.A.T (Stress, Worry, Anxiety, Tension) books to record feelings as a psalm to God like David did. 2. encouraged family to memorise Psalm 23 share next Monday 20th August 2018.
Prayer – through our family prayer list for August 2018 – Answer to prayer today – Nathan’s Photo frame replacement for broken birthday present arrived safely and working well, yeh!