Growth Group Questions: October 23

When God is For Me

Psalms 56 and 34:1-8

1) Our title is called “When God is For Me”. As a child growing up and into your teenage years – when you thought about God – did you picture God as some who was for you or against you? If you were taught as a kid about God – what was the message – for God or against God?

2) Read Samuel 21:10-15. David escapes Saul and thinks that Achish will protect him but finds out that Achish might instead kill him. Now read Psalm 56. The preface says that this psalm was put to the music of “A Dove on Distant Oaks”. Do you think there is a reason for that?

3)Verse 8 says that he is lamenting – David has gone from hero to zero – from conquering prince to fugitive. Do you think verse 8 is literal? What does this verse tell us about God?

4)When David wrote this Psalm he had no idea whether he would actually survive. What are the verses that tell you he had a rock solid confidence that God was for him?

5)Psalm 34:1-8 tells us how David felt after the fear and he was free – he praises God. Can you think of a time you got free from a fear or a difficult time and you knew it was God? How easy do you find it to praise God or forget to praise him?

6)What does David mean in verse 8 “Taste and see that the Lord is good”? Can you a group 10 ways you can “taste” God.

7)How does this invitation to “taste” relate to seekers who have not believed yet? Who are the people in your life that you can invite to taste God?