WELCOME!Each week members of this study group will be examining a different Psalm. Different leaders will select a Psalm and post thoughts, commentary background information, and discussion questions about the Psalm. We ask that members of this group consider taking a turn 'leading' a Psalm discussion as their schedule and comfort level permit.
About this GroupThis study group is intended to focus more on how we 'feel' about the Psalm and its effect on our lives rather than on the intellectual and historical significance of the Psalm. As a result, this study group is ideal for folks new to online discussion groups, but we certainly welcome individuals with who have experienced online Bible studies or traditional Bible studies.
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Psalm 31 New International Version (NIV)
For the director of music. A psalm of David.
1 In you, Lord, I have taken refuge;
let me never be put to shame;
deliver me in your righteousness.
2 Turn your ear to me,
come quickly to my rescue;
be my rock of refuge,
a strong fortress to save me.
3 Since you are my rock and my fortress,
for the sake of your name lead and guide me.
4 Keep me free from the trap that is set for me,
for you are my refuge.
5 Into your hands I commit my spirit;
deliver me, Lord, my faithful God.
It's spring... well, almost!
Here's a peek at our schedule of Psalm study for the weeks ahead!
Psalm 119: 1-8
Amplified Bible (AMP)
1 Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) are the undefiled (the upright, truly sincere, and blameless) in the way [of the revealed will of God], who walk (order their conduct and conversation) in the law of the Lord (the whole of God’s revealed will).2 Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) are they who keep His testimonies, and who seek, inquire for and of Him and crave Him with the whole heart. 3 Yes, they do no unrighteousness [no willful wandering from His precepts]; they walk in His ways.
I have chosen Psalm 16 for this week. Unlike some of the Psalms that say ‘A Psalm of David’, this one says ‘A Michtam of David’. Traditionally this has been interpreted as ‘A Golden Psalm,’ the others being Psalms 56-60. It has also been translated as pertaining to a certain tune or as profound or so precious as to be worthy to be engraved and preserved as a treasure. I pray that the golden Treasure of this Psalm might be opened to all of us this week.