Trauma and tragedy can leave us feeling lonely and unseen. For King & Country’s song “God Only Knows” reminds us that God holds a deep love and understanding of you and your circumstances (past or present). Many of the psalms of David poetically reflect our own heart’s cry.
Let’s take a deep look at one of those psalms this week.
Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture – this week’s Bible Interaction Tool Exercises include:
Write in your Bible
Consider the opposite
Make a list
The line in the song that led me to the verse that led me to our focus Psalm this week – Psalm 25:16
How Psalm 25 is an acrostic psalm, meaning each verse starts with a letter of the Hebrew alphabet (which is why is may read more disjointed than other psalms)
Using the BITE of repetition to let the psalm really sink in
My desire to seek God’s face before I seek His hand
Story behind the song “God Only Knows” by For King & Country – YouTube Video
This Week’s Challenge
Read Psalm 25 repeatedly this week. Then take the time to INTERACT with Psalm 25. Mark all of the references to God. Then make notes in a notebook or in the margins of what you learn about God through the words of this Psalm. Next, mark all of the verbs. Make a list of the “God verbs” in one column and a list of the “Me verbs” in another. Observe through this exercise all that God takes on Himself while our role is merely to trust, wait, fear, abide, take refuge, and keep His covenant.
Mercy is one of those things that I want freely bestowed upon me, and yet I tend to be pretty stingy with mercy for others. God’s Word has wrecked me over the past few weeks as it relates to mercy. The Porter’s Gate Worship Project has a haunting ballad that has complemented my study as I worship with their song, “Have Mercy on Me.”
As we look intently into the mercy of God, may we better reflect it in our own lives.
God is our Defender. It is important to remember that the next time you feel the need to defend yourself. Psalm 18 says God’s gift of salvation to us is our shield. So why do I think my words are my shield? Or my silence? Or any effort on my part? Francesca Battistelli’s song “Defender” leads us to Scripture and to considering this and other characteristics of God.
I suppose the question is now, “What how will we respond in the future now that we know the truth?”
We can learn so much through the study of the names of God. Hillsong Worship’s song, “What a Beautiful Name,” puts the name of Jesus front and center in a moving song of worship. How much more powerful will this song be when you invest some time in discovering and contemplating a few names revealed in God’s Word?
Your emotions and feelings are real, but they are not reliable. This week we will use “Maybe It’s Ok” by We Are Messengers to explore the truth about God so that we can truly say, “It’s okay that I’m not okay.”
We can trust God to hold it all together even when we feel like it’s all falling apart. Let’s discover this together in Scripture.
I dropped a glass casserole lid on my tile kitchen floor the other day. It shattered into a host of small pieces. I’m still finding pieces of glass here and there. There’s a difference between being broken and shattered. Shattered seem so irreparable. In Blanca’s song “Shattered” she reminds us that the task of putting the shattered pieces back together is not too big for God.
Scripture offers many examples of shattered lives that God touches. We’ll look at one example together this week.
We live in a very self-centered society these days. I read a study recently that stated that 1 in 5 millennials would quit their job to become famous. This is not the way of Jesus, however. Casting Crowns song “Only Jesus” reminds us that “Jesus is the only name to remember.”
Join me in Psalm 115 as we join the Psalmist in comparing and contrasting God and idols (anything that sets itself up as a god in our lives).
“Jesus is Alive” is not normally a Christmas greeting, but I guess it could be! Josh Wilson’s song “Jesus is Alive” reminds us all that Christ first came to life in human form as a baby in Bethlehem so long ago. That breath changed everything! When Jesus came back to life after Calvary, that breath changed everything again! So whether we are thinking of Christmas or the Resurrection, let’s declare that Jesus is alive!
There is joy in the coming of Christ, but that doesn’t mean that His coming eliminated all grief. Let’s explore the two together.
No matter what, once you truly belong to Jesus, you are HIS, and if you are HIS you will remain HIS. This does not mean a perfect life, but one that is marked with evidence and imperfect progress walking in newness of life and not returning to a life of death. Ryan Stevenson sings of this question in his song “No Matter What” and it leads us to examine a letter from Paul and Timothy to the Colossians.
Let Scripture answer your many questions about whether or not you can lose your salvation.
Praising Like Habakkuk Even When Your World is Falling Apart
There’s no free pass from suffering for Christians. I wish there were. I have dear friends who are wrestling with God during sickness, conflict, strife, and injustice. Habakkuk wrestled, too. In fact, his name means embrace like a wrestler. May we embrace God’s character through faith while wrestling through our circumstances. Perhaps Micah Tyler’s song “Even Then” can be a part of the soundtrack.
You will be refreshed at Habakkuk’s honesty as we study the entire three chapters of this prophet’s contribution to God’s Word.