October 7, 2018 – Lift Up Your Eyes

Terry Beatty
October 7, 2018

October 7, 2018 – Lift Up Your Eyes

Psalms 120-121
Life Group Questions:

1. If you were unable to hear this week’s sermon, consider listening to it via our church website. What are some main ideas you gathered from the sermon? What, if any, questions did this passage cause for you or do you desire to have additional clarification?

2. Read through the 15 Songs of Ascents (Psalms 120-134). What are some common themes or topics that are mentioned in this collection? What connections do you see between these psalms? Describe the relationship between Psalm 120 and 119.

3. What are the troubles that caused the writer to cry out to the Lord (cf. Psalm 120:1)? What are some troubles that have caused you to cry out to the Lord? What response does the Lord give to the one crying out to Him? How has God answered you?

4. What is the significance of the writer mentioning mountains in Psalm 121:1? What role do mountains seem to occupy in Scripture (cf. Genesis 22:2; Exodus 3:12; Exodus 19:14-20; Psalm 68:16; Psalm 125:2; 114; Matthew 17:1; Matthew28:16; Mark 9:2; Luke 6:12; John 4:20-21; Revelation 21:10)?

5. In Psalm 121:2 the writer clarifies the source of his help. Who is his helper? What attributes does the writer highlight by saying that his helper is the one who made heaven and earth? In what way should knowing the Creator of all things encourage us (cf. Genesis 1:1; Isaiah 44:24; Isaiah 45:18; Psalm 50:10)?

6. Describe the meaning of the statement that the Lord will not allow our foot to slip. Does this statement contradict the idea that we sin and fall short of God’s expectations (cf. Romans 3:10; 23)? Explain. How does this statement coincide with Paul’s comment in 1 Corinthians 10:13?

7. What impresses you most about the idea that God does not sleep nor slumber (cf. Psalm 121:3)? How should that encourage us with the way in which God can watch over us? What does this communicate about His attributes and His attitude toward us?

8. Describe some ways you have experienced God as your helper, keeper, protector, and guardian? How much do you rely upon God in these areas? What are some ways that we can grow in our reliance upon God in these areas? Do you believe God is aways watching over you? If so, why do seemingly bad things sometimes happen to His people?

9. What are some things that keep us from lifting up our eyes to the Lord for help? In what ways do you need to grow in looking to God? Maybe you should take some time alone outside and look up to the Lord, your Helper. As you look up to Him and see the earth around you and the heavens above meditate on the idea that your Helper is the creator and sustainer of all seen and unseen!