Any journey worth taking, or any task worth doing, will be difficult. We will be tempted to cut corners or settle for something less. This is especially true in our relationship with God. Psalm 63 gives us permission to struggle in our relationship with God, but not to give up or settle for something less.
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR SHEPHERD GROUPS
- What was one thing you found particularly interesting, insightful, helpful or difficult to understand from this sermon?
- "Our hearts are too stubborn to obey more than one thing at a time." Do you find this to be true in your life?
- Read and discuss Psalm 63. What do these verses indicate about man? What do they tell us about God? What do you note about seeking God from these verses?
- Why is it significant that David was in the wilderness when he wrote this psalm? Have you ever experienced spiritual wilderness?
- Why are we tempted to cut corners in life? How do we tend to cut corners in seeking God?
- "Many Christians have never been given permission to struggle in their relationships with God." What does this mean? Can you identify with this? Why or why not?
- What "snares" can you identify in your life that choke life out of your relationship with God?
- How does the gospel of Jesus both enable and encourage us as we seek God and struggle in our relationship with Him?
- Spend some time in prayer, thanking God for His faithfulness to us in Christ and for the promise of satisfaction we have in Him.