Reference

Psalm 11
Testing Testing

Series: Seekers and Strugglers [The Psalms]
This week: Testing Testing
Passage: Psalm 11
Speaker: Pastor Jason

Read these verses:
Psalm 11, Genesis 15:6, Romans 4:3-5, 1 Peter 1:6-7
Other passages from today's message:
Psalm 2:1-6, Luke 1:46-49, 1 Samuel 24:3-7, 1 Samuel 26:4-19

1) Discuss anything you remember standing out to you from Psalm 11 or from the message.

2) What words or phrases would do use to describe the quotation from Psalm 11:1b-3?
We are not given any information about the situation David was in, about who spoke these words, or about whether they refer to a literal or figurative threat. Discuss situations that these words might apply to in our lives.

3) Verses 1a and 4 of Psalm 11 show David responding in faith, rather than with fight or flight. This seems to be David's pattern of response. (He also chooses to act in faith when confronted with Goliath and Saul.)

Some ways that we might respond to stressful, threatening, or anxious situations:
Flight: (run away) Fight: (take it into my own hands) Freeze: (don't do anything) Fall: (Resort to vices to cope)

Which of these have you seen played out in your own life or others lives? How does one choose faith over these other responses, in these difficult situations?

4) The Lord tests the righteous (11:5)
Explain how these ideas help us understand God's testing of the righteous:
i- God loves righteous deeds. (When we do the right thing) Psalm 11:7
ii- The upright shall behold his face. (Look for Him, Look to Him) Psalm 11:7
iii- And to the one who does not work but believes in him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness Hebrews 4:5

5) Read 1 Peter 1:6-7 and use it to shape your prayer together.