Summer in Psalms Interactive Bible Study – July 14

Thank you for joining us for a summer in Psalms! This Bible study is intended to be interactive, as a stepping stone from reading God’s Word to journaling with Him. The Discover One Thing ministry uses the SOAP method of Bible Study (Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer) during our daily time at the feet of Jesus. To learn more, check out the “What’s SOAP?” tab above. Please read the Psalm below, let God speak to you through it, then post a response in the Comments section on our website’s home page (i.e., verse that stood out to you, observation, application, prayer, question, prayer request, response to another’s comment). Please check back! Together we can encourage one another and grow closer to God!

-Becky & Dyea

Psalm 44

For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. A maskil.

We have heard it with our ears, O God;
    our ancestors have told us
what you did in their days,
    in days long ago.
With your hand you drove out the nations
    and planted our ancestors;
you crushed the peoples
    and made our ancestors flourish.
It was not by their sword that they won the land,
    nor did their arm bring them victory;
it was your right hand, your arm,
    and the light of your face, for you loved them.

You are my King and my God,
    who decrees victories for Jacob.
Through you we push back our enemies;
    through your name we trample our foes.
I put no trust in my bow,
    my sword does not bring me victory;
but you give us victory over our enemies,
    you put our adversaries to shame.
In God we make our boast all day long,
    and we will praise your name forever.

But now you have rejected and humbled us;
    you no longer go out with our armies.
10 You made us retreat before the enemy,
    and our adversaries have plundered us.
11 You gave us up to be devoured like sheep
    and have scattered us among the nations.
12 You sold your people for a pittance,
    gaining nothing from their sale.

13 You have made us a reproach to our neighbors,
    the scorn and derision of those around us.
14 You have made us a byword among the nations;
    the peoples shake their heads at us.
15 I live in disgrace all day long,
    and my face is covered with shame
16 at the taunts of those who reproach and revile me,
    because of the enemy, who is bent on revenge.

17 All this came upon us,
    though we had not forgotten you;
    we had not been false to your covenant.
18 Our hearts had not turned back;
    our feet had not strayed from your path.
19 But you crushed us and made us a haunt for jackals;
    you covered us over with deep darkness.

20 If we had forgotten the name of our God
    or spread out our hands to a foreign god,
21 would not God have discovered it,
    since he knows the secrets of the heart?
22 Yet for your sake we face death all day long;
    we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.

23 Awake, Lord! Why do you sleep?
    Rouse yourself! Do not reject us forever.
24 Why do you hide your face
    and forget our misery and oppression?

25 We are brought down to the dust;
    our bodies cling to the ground.
26 Rise up and help us;
    rescue us because of your unfailing love.

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  1. Don’t we feel like this sometimes? Everything’s going wrong; nothing’s going right. I’m trying to take a step forward, but I keep going 3 steps back. Just a couple weeks ago I even shared–everything is breaking while our finances go further and further into debt. Why is this happening to me? I’m faithful to God. I meet with Him every day; I pray to Him throughout each day. I serve Him in several ministries. I even lead a Bible study. I’m too good for bad things to happen to me. Ha! No truth in that statement. Pride is what that is. I heard a salvation message yesterday talking about the Book of Works and the Book of Life mentioned in Revelation. If your name is in the Book of Life, you’re headed to eternity. But if your name is just in the Book of Works, well, sorry, hell is your final destination. All of those things I listed above that make me “faithful to God” are just works. I don’t deserve eternity; no one does. We all sin, and we rightly deserve the final destination of hell. Since no one is perfect, why do I think I should be given a perfect life where nothing goes wrong? It doesn’t mean God hates me when things don’t go my way. Quite the opposite. It means He loves me because He has given me a way out of this sinful world. The only thing that separates those on the list in the Book of Works from those on the list in the Book of Life is belief in what Jesus did for us. I am forgiven, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to live a life in this world that is filled with roses and candy. Instead, in response to all Jesus has done for me, I should make every effort to keep pointing to God, to exemplify joy, in every situation, good or bad–I know which list I’m on.

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  2. Verse 22 : Yet for your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.

    God helped me, I’m saved! My take away today, He gave me (us) a key – unlock Romans 8:31 – …If God is for us, who can be against us? And verse 39 goes on to say, …nothing will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

    Like Becky was saying it’s okay when those external circumstances are awful, if our internal circumstances are marvelous.

    …my hope stays in Him

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