Dr. Jeff Holmes | Psalm 42

Life consists of a lot of decision making. Big and small. From our favorite sports teams to making decisions about our family and even our faith. This Psalm addresses the person who has a heavy heart looking for answers and reminds them to look to God.

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These questions are provided for your further study and application of this message. It is helpful to discuss your answers with others such as your Community Group, family, friends or an accountability partner.

  1. What stood out to you from the message? How did God speak to you?
  2. When was a time you were really thirsty for God? What were the circumstances surrounding that time? (v.1)
  3. When was a time you felt the presence of God? What was that like for you? What was the result? (v.2)
  4. In verse 4, the Psalmist is remembering his time leading the procession to God. Do you think this memory helps or is a further source of sadness?
  5. What is the basis of the hope the Psalmist is talking about? (v.5,11) Have you ever been in a position to choose hope? Did you?
  6. What is the response to deep sadness in verse 6? Why would remembering the promised land and past provision of God make a difference in our ability to choose hope?
  7. Read Jonah 2:1-2. How does remembering what happened to Jonah help the singer choose hope?
  8. What are some areas of your life where you have chosen something other than hope?
  9. Application of Scripture is vital to our spiritual growth. How might you practice what the Psalmist practices in this song and choose hope?

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