What was the best year you ever had? What made it so great?
What was the worst year you ever had? Why was it so difficult?
When you are going through a hard time, do you pray more or less? Why? How do you pray in difficult times?
Read Psalm 116:1-3. What kind of situation might make someone feel they were entangled by death, or overcome by sorrow?
Do we deserve to have God listen to us? Why or why not? What do you think it means that he "turns his ear to us?" (the NLT says "he bends down to listen")
Read Psalm 116:10-11. How can the lies (or other mistreatment) of others cause us to feel greatly afflicted?
What is our natural response when people lie about us, or otherwise mistreat us?
Read Psalm 116:12-13. On whom is the writer's focus? What do you think it means to focus on God even when people are mistreating you?
THOUGHT: I cannot control what others do or say about me. I can only control whether or not I take it to God in prayer.
Read the rest of Psalm 116. It doesn't appear that the people who are lying and causing trouble are ever dealt with. Why do you think the writer decided it didn't matter whether or not they were brought to justice in his sight?
How can focusing on the salvation God has given help you look past the abuse others are giving you? How can you focus on God's salvation?
As a group, talk about the benefits we have because of God's salvation.
Spend a few minutes praying silently about the troubles in life you are facing. Then spend time praying prayers of thanksgiving aloud as a group.