Life Group Questions – 5/28

Summer in the Psalms

Read: Psalm 13:1-6
1  How long, LORD? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? 2  How long will I store up anxious concerns within me, agony in my mind every day? How long will my enemy dominate me? 3  Consider me and answer, LORD my God. Restore brightness to my eyes; otherwise, I will sleep in death. 4  My enemy will say, “I have triumphed over him,” and my foes will rejoice because I am shaken. 5  But I have trusted in your faithful love; my heart will rejoice in your deliverance. 6  I will sing to the LORD because he has treated me generously.

Transformation Questions:

  • Have you ever had a moment when you cried out in anguish to God? What was going on in your life?
  • David expresses that he feels abandoned and ignored. What should we do when we feel abandoned by God?
  • How do we balance what we are feeling with the reality of the truth of the Bible. Namely, that God will never leave us or forsake us?
  • Do you think it’s ok to be honest with God with how we are feeling, no matter what we are feeling?
  • Even though David feels ignored by God, he continues to cry out to him in prayer. What can we learn from David’s persistence?
  • When you are in pain, where do you turn for relief or help?
  • What are some spiritual disciplines we can incorporate into our lives to insure that we will turn to God in times of pain?
  • How is David able to move from despair to trust in the midst of this psalm? How can we trust God even when we are in pain?
  • How is God’s faithful love an encouragement to David? How can it be an encouragement to you in discouraging times?
  • The truth of the gospel doesn’t mean that God takes away our pain. It means that Jesus is enough, in spite of our pain. How can we walk faithfully with Jesus through pain and suffering?
  • Why does reflecting on eternity matter when it comes to dealing with pain?