Thursday, June 18, 2009

Comfort and Peace from the Good Shepherd (Psalm 23)

Describe the most comfortable place in your house?

Talk about a time in your life when you have felt a "deep" peace.

How do you think comfort and peace are related?

What are the situations in life which steal people's peace?

Read Psalm 23.

Have a few people talk about their experiences walking (or watching someone walk) through the "valley of the shadow of death."

Verse four refers to fearing evil. What evil things do people often fear?

How do death, evil, and fear steal our peace?

What other life experiences make us uncomfortable? How does being uncomfortable often steal our peace?

What phrases in Psalm 23 are comforting phrases?

The last phrase of the Psalm is "I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever."

How should knowledge of future comfort help us deal with the current discomforts of life?

Verse one of the psalm says, "The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want." How does contentment bring peace?

What aspects of your life currently are stealing your peace? How would the good shepherd tell you to deal with these?

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