July 1, 2018 – The Blessed People

Terry Beatty
July 1, 2018

July 1, 2018 – The Blessed People

Psalm 84
Life Group Questions:

1. If you were not able to hear this week’s sermon, consider going to the church website and listening to it. What are some main ideas that you gathered from the sermon? What, if any, questions did the sermon cause for you or do you desire to have additional clarification?

2. Read through some of the story of Korah in Numbers 16 and 1 Chronicles 9:18-20. How might these passages encourage us about God’s grace in using people of imperfect backgrounds? Apart form God’s grace, what are some things related to your past that may limit your service to God (family background, personal failures, etc)? Are these really limitations? Explain.

3. Look through the Psalms of the sons of Korah; Psalms 42, 44-49, 84, 85, 87, 88. What commonalities do you see between these psalms? Explain any observations.

4. Have you ever struggled with the principle that “godliness brings great reward; now and in the future?” How can Christians do better at balancing the concept of the life we live now impacting all of eternity? What are some of the dangers of focusing too much on either the now of life or the future of eternity?

5. Psalm 84 describes the blessed people. Look through this psalm and describe some of the writer’s description about the desires of the blessed people. What is their main desire as described here? How do your desires match up with those of the blessed people of Psalm 84?

6. What does it mean to walk uprightly (vs. 11)? How might this statement be related to Psalm 1:1-2? Do you think the writer has Psalm 1 in mind? Why or why not? Would you describe yourself as one who walks uprightly? If not, how might you need to discipline yourself (cf. 1 Corinthians 9:27).

7. According to this Psalm, what are some of the blessings of which the blessed people are partakers? Do you feel blessed of God? What are some of the blessings you have received from the Lord? Take some time to reflect upon these blessings and also pray in gratitude to the Lord.

8. Describe what it means to go from “strength to strength” (vs. 7). How do we as Christians find our strength in the Lord? Why do you think some Christians do not seem to be living by the strength of the Lord? How can we tell if we are living by His strength?

9.    Have you ever felt like God was holding back something good that you desired? How did you deal with the frustration of that situation? Do you feel as though God is holding back something good from you now? What could be the reason, if any, for which God is withholding your desire? What should be our response to God in these situations? Explain.