Explore God's Word on a deeper level and engage with his truth in fresh ways! This study on select psalms of hope invites you beneath the surface to discover the incredible design and purpose of this inspired Hebrew poetry.
Perfect for group discussion or personal reflection, Discovering Hope in the Psalms offers valuable teachings, motivating devotions, and a multitude of creative options for interacting with the ten psalms covered—including beautiful artwork to color. These psalms will show you how to...
This book shines in the multitude of ways it offers for you to interact with the Psalms. Why? Because the more ways we interact with Scripture, the better we remember and apply its message. We want you to remember the hope that God's Word offers you!
Here's what you'll find in each of the eight chapters:
Discovering Hope in the Psalms is designed for both group and individual study. We had volunteers Angie Wright and Jean Strand time the daily lessons for us, and they average 20 minutes without optional creative projects. Knowing what your participants are used to spending in devotionals will help you decide whether the nine- or seventeen-week option is better for you. If they're new to spending regular time in Bible study, we recommend the seventeen-week option. Here are ways to use the book in group study.
Begin with an introductory meeting where you hand out discovery books, go over what to expect, and provide time for everyone to introduce themselves (see the book's introduction for icebreakers). Each time you meet, carve out time to worship with psalms in song or spoken-word poetry. Consider providing demonstrations of ways to creatively interact with psalms.
For the final meeting, consider having a potluck so participants can bring gifts of food to share as they read one of the thanksgiving prayers they wrote. Set aside time for participants to share creative projects they've finished, but not yet shared.
One way to go through the lessons is to cover one chapter a week. The first week, begin with an introductory meeting. During each of the following eight weeks, discuss the personal questions and a few key questions from all five daily lessons of one chapter. Encourage participants to share their psalms and the creative endeavors they've begun.
To extend your group's time of exploration, you could cover one chapter every two weeks. Begin with the introductory meeting and end with a potluck at the last meeting. For each chapter, participants could complete three daily lessons and begin a creative project the first week, and the second week complete the final two lessons and their psalm, and continue with their creative project. The first discussion centers on the three lessons and the project begun, while the second discussion finishes the chapter and gives everyone time to share their prayer psalm and progress on a creative project. Those who want to can explore other psalms of the same genre (usually listed in a Day 1 sidebar).
Introduction: Do You Want Hope?
Psalm 1: The Hope of God's Blessing
Psalm 2: The Hope of Messiah's Reign
Psalm 51: The Hope of Mercy
Psalm 23: The Hope of the Lord's Good Care
Psalm 73: Hope When Life Seems Unfair
Psalms 42-43: Finding Hope When Downcast
Psalm 71: Continual Hope
Psalms 30 and 146: Hope Fulfilled
Tips for Committing Scripture to Heart
About the Authors