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When Hearts Grow Faint (Psalm 61)

When Hearts Grow Faint
Psalm 61

When your heart is faint and you feel distant from God, He comes to you in the person of Jesus Christ.

I.    Three Images of Refuge (vv. 2-8)
    A.    The Refreshing Rock (vv. 2-3; Exodus 17 and 33)
    B.    The Presence of the Tabernacle (vv. 4-5; Exodus 33)
    C.    The Deliverance of the King (vv. 6-8)

II.    Three (Encouraging) Twists
    A.    The Struck Rock (1 Corinthians 10:4)
    B.    The Destroyed Temple (John 1-2)
    C.    The Servant King (Philippians 2:1-11)

III.    Three Responses of a Refreshed Heart
    A.    Cries from a Faint Heart (v. 1)
    B.    Praise from a Refreshed Heart (vv. 0-1, 8)
    C.    Vows from a Purchased People (vv. 5, 8)
    D.    Behold Your Tabernacling King, the Rock

Discussion Starters

1.    Monday—What does the phrase “the ends of the earth” really mean or communicate? Have you ever felt like you and God are worlds apart?
2.    Tuesday—What was the image of the rock meant to remind the reader of from Israel’s history (Exodus 17, 33)? What does it mean that God was standing on the rock when Moses struck it (Exodus 17:6; 1 Corinthians 10:4)?
3.    Wednesday—What does it mean that Jesus “tabernacled among us” (John 1:14)? Why should it comfort you that God came to you (and did not wait for you to come to him)?
4.    Thursday—What kind of King is Jesus? What does the crown of thorns tell you about the kind of leader he is?
5.    Friday—When you feel worlds away from God, how can Psalm 61 be a comfort to you?