Again - (Psalm 71)

Again

Psalm 71

We learn to trust God’s character through repeated opportunities to rely upon him.

I. God’s righteousness gives us confidence that those who attack his character will not go unanswered. (vv. 1-4, 10-16, 19-24)

A. It’s Always About God (vv. 10-13)

B. Righteousness Always Wins Out in the End (vv. 1-4. 14-24)

II. It is the fact that God never changes that gives us comfort that we can trust him tomorrow. (vv. 5-9, 14-18)

A. Misinterpreting Repeated Trials

B. Character Is Learned through Consistency (vv. 5-9, 14-18)

III. Because God is righteous and consistent, we can be confident that death will never win. (vv. 19-24)

A. Where We Gain Confidence that We will Live Again (vv. 19-24)

B. Becoming Outliers in Faith

C. Do This Again and Again and Again Until I Return

Discussion Starters

1. Monday—Do you tend to like repetition or dislike? What about repetition do you like? What do you dislike?

2. Tuesday—Why is it an attack on God when the psalmist’s enemies say that God has abandoned him? (vv. 10-11) How does this help the psalmist?

3. Wednesday—How do we tend to interpret repeating trials in our lives? What happens when we look to ourselves for hope?

4. Thursday—How does God teach you his faithfulness and what it means to depend upon him? Why is this life’s most important lesson?

5. Friday—How does repetition help you to not fear the grave? (vv. 20-21)