Jesus quoted from the Psalms a lot, more than any other book of the Hebrew Bible (OT). He often pointed people to the psalms. Those same psalms often point us back to Jesus. We are reminded of that this week as we continue our One Story series and dig into Psalm 69. Together we learn that the Psalms teach us to pray, to express our emotions, and they help us find Jesus.
Psalms and Jesus
Speaker: Paul Kiss
Date: April 7, 2019
1. Psalms teach us to pray
“Save me O God, for the floodwaters are up to my neck. Deeper and deeper I sink into the mire; I can’t find a foothold… Answer my prayers O Lord, for your unfailing love is wonderful” — 69:1-2,16
• The Psalms are the story of Israel. When you pray through the Psalms, you are learning the history of how God has been at work in this world.
2. Psalms teach us to express our emotions
“I am exhausted from crying for help; my throat is parched… When I weep and fast, they scoff at me…If only one person would show some pity, if only one would turn and comfort me.” — 69:3, 10, 20
• Psalms help us express ourselves in thanksgiving, in praise, and in lament or complaints about the state of this world.
3. Psalms point us to Jesus
“Passion for your house has consumed me…they give me poison for food; they offer me sour wine for my thirst.” — 69:9, 21 (John 2:17; 20:28-29)
• Jesus quoted from the Psalms a lot, more than any other book of the Hebrew Bible (OT). He often pointed people to the psalms. Those same psalms often point us back to Jesus.
1. What is a favourite song of yours? What makes it so memorable for you?
2. Songs are a big part of the Christian community. Why is that?
3. If you can answer, what is a favourite psalm or one which you know fairly well. Why?
4. Read Psalm 19 together. Have someone read it aloud while you close your eyes. How can this Psalm help you learn to pray better?
5. Read Psalm 73. How does this Psalm express what you might sometimes feel?
6. Read Matthew 27:45-46. Here Jesus is quoting from Psalm 22:1, which is a Messianic Psalm. Why do you think Jesus quotes this Psalm on the cross? To lament to God, or maybe to declare his identity? Both perhaps? What do you think?
7. What do you need to do to be more comfortable praying the psalms in your daily life?
1. Read through psalms 1 per day as a part of your prayer time. Read the psalm that corresponds to the day number of the year. (ie – April 7 is the 97th day of the year, so read Psalm 97, etc).
2. Watch this short video from The Bible Project, about the book of Psalms: watch here.