One Year in the Word is the journey our church began in January 2017.  For one year we will read through the Bible, discuss the Scriptures as families and Connection Groups, and focus on key passages in our Sunday morning worship.

JUNE 1 – JULY 1

UNDERSTANDING PSALMS

The 150 pieces that make up the book of Psalms were originally 147 different psalms. Each was originally composed independently; thus each has integrity and meaning on its own. But the psalms were not randomly collected; rather they have been ordered and grouped in such a way that the whole together carries meaning that further enhances the affirmations each makes on its own. Therefore, in the Psalter you can look for meaning both in the individual psalms and in their ordered relationship with each other.

Although the present arrangement of the Psalter comes from the postexilic period, it also maintains the integrity of smaller collections that were already in use as part of Israel’s ongoing history. Besides three collections of Davidic psalms (3–41; 51–70; 138–145), there are also two collections of “Asaph/sons of Korah” Psalms (42–50; 73–88), plus four topical collections (God’s kingship, 93–100; psalms of praise, 103–107; songs of ascent [pilgrimage songs], 120–134; and Hallelujah psalms, 111–113 and 146–150).

The collection in its present form was brought together as five books, probably with the Pentateuch in view (thus “David” corresponds to “Moses”):

Book 1: Psalms 1–41: All but 1, 2, and 33 titled “of David”

Book 2: Psalms 42–72: Psalms 42–50 “of the sons of Korah” or “of Asaph”; Psalms 51–70 “of David”; concluding with one “of Solomon” (72; note that 71 is untitled), with a coda at the end, “This concludes the prayers of David son of Jesse”

Book 3: Psalms 73–89: All titled, mostly “of Asaph” or “of the sons of Korah”

Book 4: Psalms 90–106: Mostly untitled, except for 101 and 103 (“of David”)

Book 5: Psalms 107–150: Mostly untitled, but fifteen are “of David,” including Psalms 138–145; also includes fifteen “songs of ascent” (120–134) and concludes with five “Hallelujah” psalms (146–150)

Taken from How to Read the Bible Book

FAMILY DEVOTIONS

Week of May 28 – June 3 (This week’s reading is found in Job 32 – Psalm 12)

Devotional Passage: Psalm 1.  In this passage we see the result of a life that is grounded in God’s Word.

Question 1: In verse 1 we see a progression of action – can you identify it?  What might this progression tell us about how easy it is to be caught up in the wrong things and the wrong people?

Question 2: God says the man is “blessed” whose delight is in the law of the Lord.  He compares this person to a tree planted by the water.  What characteristics of this tree do we see in verse 3, and how can they be compared to our own lives?

Question 3: The one who doesn’t delight in God’s law isn’t like a planted tree – this person is like straw that blows around in of the wind (v4).  What does this mean in life? What is this type of person like?

 

Week of June 4 – 10 (This week’s reading is found in Psalm 13-49)

Devotional Passage: Psalm 19.  In this passage, we see how God has revealed Himself to people.

 Question 1:  This Psalm is divided into 3 major sections, found in verses 1-6, 7-11 and 12-14.  The first section talks about God revealing Himself through nature, the second talks about God revealing Himself through the Bible, and the third section talks about our response to sections one and two. Why would each of these three sections be important?

Question 2: The first section talks about God showing Himself through nature (v1-6).  This means that people all around the world can see the Creative hand of God in nature, and can begin to ask questions that could lead them to God.  But is seeing aspects of God in creation enough for someone to be saved?  Why or why not?

 Question 3: When David (the author of this Psalm) recognized how incredible it was that God had revealed Himself to mankind, it caused David to carefully examine his life.  Specifically, he thought about what was coming out of his mouth and what was going on in his heart.  Should it be important for children of God to change their lives as a result of learning more about who God is?  Why?  What’s an area of your life you need God to help you change because of this Psalm?

 

Week of June 11 – 17 (This week’s reading is found in Psalms 50-83)

Devotional Passage: Psalm 51.  In this passage, we see David asking for forgiveness after he sinned.

Question 1:David had committed a sin that had an impact on many people.  But as David sinned, he recognized that he had primarily sinned against someone else.  Who was that person? (v4).  Why should our sin against that person have the biggest impact on how we view our sin?

Question 2: David realized that his ability to sin didn’t start when he was a toddler or after he yelled his first “No!” at his mother.  He knew his sinfulness started long before that.  When did he say his sinfulness started? (v5).  Based on verse 5, is there anyone who is not guilty for sin? 

Question 3:Based on 1 John 1:9, because David asked God for forgiveness, God forgave him.  But that didn’t mean that the consequences of his sin would just go away.  In fact, for David, the consequences of this particular sin stayed with him the rest of his life.  Sin always seems like a good idea in the moment, but when the moment has passed you will often regret your priorities.  Why may it be a good thing that sin has lasting consequences?

 

Week of June 18 – 24 (This week’s reading is found in Psalms 84-118)

Devotional Passage: Psalm 101.  In this passage, David is talking about his personal rules for being a King.

Question 1:In verses 2-3, David establishes some principles (guidelines/personal rules) for how he wanted to be within his home.  What did David say was important to him at home?  How could you/your family apply the same truths?  How could it change some of the things that are done at home?

 Question 2: In verse 6, David talks about the type of person he would keep before him as an example.  What were the qualities of this person?  Why is it important to have these types of people before you as examples?  How could you do something similar?

 Question 3: In verse 8 David spoke of the regularity that he wanted to live out these truths.  He said it was daily.  Without a doubt, this wasn’t something David was able to do everyday, but that was his goal.  What are the things you should be doing everyday to grow in your relationship with the Lord?  How could you begin to make some changes to your life tomorrow to start to do that?

 

Week of June 25 – July 1 (This week’s reading is found in Psalms 119 – 150)

 Devotional Passage: Psalm 146

 Question 1: In verse 3, the writer said that he didn’t want to trust in influential people (“princes” in some translations).  That can be a very hard thing to do when you start out.  What are some ways that we demonstrate trust in people – seen in things like how we interact with people at school, work, church, etc? 

 Question 2: In verses 6-7, we see God is the one who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them.  And yet, He also gives food to the hungry and sets prisoners free.  So the God that we serve is more powerful than anything in the Universe, and yet He knows enough about the details of our lives to help us when we need Him (which is always).  What are some practical ways that you can learn to better depend on God with the details of your day?