Passage: Psalm 70
But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. Titus 3:4-5
What is something in your life currently that points to the world not being the way it’s supposed to be?
Read Psalm 70. What does this passage reveal to us about God and about the human condition?
Christianity is realistic about the problem with us and our world. It is also clear about the hope and help we have in Jesus. What phrases, ideas, or verses from Psalm 70 help you live in the tension of our “already but not yet” anticipation of heaven?
In Matthew 5:43-44 Jesus instructed his followers to love and pray for your enemies. How does Psalm 70 inform the way that you love and pray for your enemies?
Elisabeth Elliot wrote, “The secret is Christ in me, not me in a different set of circumstances.” Psalm 70:4 is a call to rejoice that is not based on glad circumstances but on the joy of the Lord. How do you practice rejoicing in this way? What helps you to rejoice even in difficult circumstances? How does this impact you?
David describes himself as “poor and needy” (Psalm 70:5) right after describing God with “the Lord is great!” (Psalm 70:4). Read the parable Jesus told in Luke 18:9-14. This is a picture of rightful humility. How does it look, sound, and impress you? How can we encourage this perspective and identity personally, as a community group, and as a church?
Spend time praying for Covenant Church: for fellowship with the risen Jesus, spiritual renewal and refreshment, for thankful hearts, for wisdom, faithfulness, and a commitment to do justice and show mercy.
Share with your group how they can be praying for you: what is weighing on you from this past week? What are you praising God for from this past week?
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13