Widows and Orphans (Psalm 68)

Widows and Orphans

Psalm 68:1-14

Mark 12:41–44

In God’s eyes, we are all widows and orphans—and that is a good thing, because God cares for widows and orphans.

I. God Cares for Widows and Orphans (vv. 1-6, 12)

A. Widows and Orphans in Israel (Deuteronomy 24:21; 26:1-15)

B. Father of the Fatherless and Protector of the Widow (vv. 4-6)

C. Grace for the Humble (vv. 1-3, 6, 12)

II. We Are All Widows and Orphans (vv. 6-10)

A. Orphans in Egypt (vv. 6-10)

B. Embracing Your Widowhood

III. Widows and Orphans Have Much to Offer

A. A Continuing Need

B. Poor but Mitey (Mark 12:41-44)

C. Dining at the King’s Table (Deuteronomy 26:12)

Discussion Starters

1. Monday—What does it mean to walk by faith, not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7)? Does this come naturally or does it take work?

2. Tuesday—What are some ways that God has cared for widows and orphans over the years? Why does he require his people to care for them?

3. Wednesday—Why does God identify all of Israel (and therefore all of us) as widows? What does it mean to see ourselves as widows and orphans? Why is it a comfort?

4. Thursday—What does it mean to minister out of your need? Why does your neediness make you more able to serve rather than less?

5. Friday—How is God calling you to care for widows and orphans? What are tangible ways you can take part in this? If you don’t know, whom can you ask for guidance?