1.We began by looking at the position of despair that the author is in at the beginning of this psalm.
A: When the author is at rock bottom, he cries out to God as seen in v. 1. What are some of the other responses people give in a rock bottom moment? How does a person’s response in this moment reveal their true beliefs?
B: Looking at v. 1-2, the author cries to God & asks for God’s care/attention in the midst of sorrow. Why is it so important to believe that God cares, that God listens? What would be different in our relationship with God if God was uncaring & uninvolved in our dealings, in our sufferings?
2. We then looked at v. 3-4 & the grateful confession of the author.
A: In v. 3, the rhetorical question is asked, “Who could stand?” & the obvious answer is NO ONE! What happens if we believe that every human being, on their own standing, is entitled to acceptance before God? How does the Biblical stance that no one is good enough on their own standing help us see the work of Jesus as all the more excellent?
B: In v. 4, the author speaks of the reality of forgiveness found in the work of God. What helps us to remember the high cost of forgiveness found in Christ? How does this work lead to awe of God?
3. We then looked at v. 5-6.
A: In v. 5 we see that the author waits & does so because of hope. What makes it so hard to wait for the Lord? Looking back on your life, when have you waited on the Lord & come to see the goodness of waiting on God?
B: In v. 6, we understand that the author is committed to God, more than a watchman for the morning. What fuels or motivates a consistent commitment to God?
4. We ended by looking at v. 7-8 & the joyful expectation of this psalm.
A: There is a call to hope in the Lord because God’s love is unchanging. Why is it such good news to know that God’s love isn’t based on our performance, our achievements?
B: At the end of v. 7 & in v. 8 the author talks of redemption. This redemption that is found in the redeemer is COMPLETE. What happens if we think that the redemption of God’s people isn’t complete? Why is it so vital to the gospel message to believe that God’s redemptive work in Christ has fully redeemed iniquities?