Preparing for Next Week’s Message
This reading plan will get your heart and mind set for the next message on August 20, 2017:
- SUNDAY: Psalm 23,
- MONDAY: Matthew 6,
- TUESDAY: Philippians 4,
- WEDNESDAY: 1 Timothy 6,
- THURSDAY: Psalm 107,
- FRIDAY: 2 Corinthians 9,
- SATURDAY: Proverbs 30,
Reflecting on the Most Recent Sermon
Sermon Series: Psalms Mixtape Sermon Title: Rejoicing in the Victory of the King
Delivered On: August 13, 2017
The king rejoices in your strength, Lord. How great is his joy in the victories you give! ([bible]Psalm 21:1[/bible])
Take time to thank God for the victory He has won over sin and death through Jesus. Thank Him for the amazing grace, mercy, and love He has extended you through Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. Ask Him for victory in any area in your life where you might be facing temptation or experiencing hopelessness, fear, anxiety, or doubt in His good plan for your life.
Take time to reflect on and write down any victories God has granted you in your life (this could be deliverance from addiction/dependencies or harmful attitudes, behaviors, or relationships) and then share with at least one other person this week celebrating God’s power and presence throughout the process. Ask them to pray for you to continue walking and rejoicing in God’s victory in your life.
Small Group Discussion
Tell about a time you were moved to a great celebration in a victory. Describe your emotions, expressions and any sights and sounds associated with your celebration. How long did that experience last?
Read: Psalm 21 What do you envision is happening and what is the attitude of the people? Of the king? What are they celebrating? What are they expecting in relation to the outcome of future battles and the enemy?
Read: Psalm 20 What is the central theme of this psalm? What are the people and the king asking for?
Re-read: Psalm 21 Knowing what was happening in Psalm 20 and reading this psalm, how does it give us a picture of how we should respond to victories and blessings the Lord grants us as His children today? When we consider and take time to rejoice and celebrate the victories God has granted us thus far in our lives, how does this change our perspective and trust in God when we face challenges and struggles today?
Read: Hebrews 1 and Hebrews 12:1-3, 28-29 Just as most songs have a deeper meaning found in the lyrics, how do these New Testament texts help us point to the ultimate Victorious King found in Jesus Christ? What are some of the common themes you see in these scripture passages that also are descriptive of the king of Psalm 21?
Read: 1 Corinthians 15:57-58 How does Jesus’ victory over sin, death, and the enemy help us approach difficult circumstances and seemingly hopeless struggles? (Hint: see verse 58)
If we have placed our faith in Jesus, we too have gained the ultimate victory. He has won the war! However, just as the people and king in Psalm 21 rejoiced in the victory of the battle, they also were preparing and expecting God’s victory in the battles to come. How are you preparing and equipping yourself daily for spiritual battles and struggles yet to come?
What are some ways that we can rejoice in the victory we have in Jesus?
Is there one person in your life who may be struggling with unhealthy attitudes, beliefs, habits, or relationships that you could intentionally pray for and encourage this week by sharing Psalm 21?