June 10, 2018 – The Wisdom of Asaph

Terry Beatty
June 10, 2018

June 10, 2018 – The Wisdom of Asaph

Psalm 73
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.    Look at the following passages and describe the life and character of Asaph: 1 Chronicles 6:31-39; 2 Chronicles 29:30. How might this Biblical background information help us understand the struggle of the writer in this Psalm? How might this comfort us in our own struggles that resemble the writer’s?

3.    What might be important about this Psalm being used as the introduction to Book III of Psalms (Psalms 73-89)? Look at the other leading Psalms of the books of Psalms and note any similarities that exist (cf. Psalm 1, 42, 90, 107)? What common themes or topics exist between these Psalms, if any?

4.    Describe how Psalm 73 contrasts or connects with Psalms 72 and 74? Can you see any strategy being used by the writer in the arrangement of these Psalms? Explain.

5.    Describe Asaph’s struggle which he expresses in this Psalm. What was it that made him come close to stumbling? What were some emotions that he felt? Have you ever struggled in the same way? What are some ways in which you are tempted to question like Asaph?

6.    Where and when was it that Asaph found the answer to his struggles? Once he realized his error, how did he respond? What was it that he concluded about the matter of his struggles? Have you arrived at the same conclusions? Explain.

7.    Describe Asaph’s confession (cf. vss. 25-28).    What was the most important thing to him in life? Describe what God meant to him and the hope that he felt in God. How would you compare your own personal testimony to Asaph? Explain.

8.    What are some temporal things of this world that cause you to struggle in your Christian walk? How can we grow in our focus on the eternal over the temporal? List any verse where the Bible discusses this issue and help you.

9. Asaph states that he wants to speak of the wonderful works of God. What are some of God’s wonderful works? To whom should we share these wonderful works?