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I Lift Up My Eyes: A Study in Psalms - Book Five - A hiker on the top of a rocky mountain, with a pink and purple night sky. I Lift Up My Eyes: A Study in Psalms - Book Five - A hiker on the top of a rocky mountain, with a pink and purple night sky.

I Lift Up My Eyes Discussion Starters

  • May 2022 Issue
Discussion Starters

We hope these questions will help you consider (or discuss with others) what God is teaching you through this month’s daily devotional study of His Word.

Week 1

  • Have you ever had to forgive an enemy? What was that experience like? How did it help you grow in your relationship with God?
  • Have you had a difficult time praying the words of a psalm that seem violent or vindictive? How should we understand these psalms today? (see Psalm 109)
  • What are some ways God has provided for you in your life? How can you turn these experiences into praise? (see Psalms 111–112)
  • What are some idols we are tempted to worship today instead of the living God? (see Psalm 115)

Week 2

  • Psalm 119 is like one long, exquisitely crafted love poem to Scripture. What would be a way that you could artistically demonstrate your love for God’s Word?
  • In Psalm 121, the poet asks, “I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from?” (v. 1). What are some things we tend to look to for help other than God?
  • How do you envision your relationship with God? Is it as a customer to a service provider? A child to a father? A servant to a master? What is the perspective of the Psalmist here? (see Psalm 123)

Week 3

  • How do the psalms help us approach God in suffering? (see Psalm 130)
  • Why is it so difficult to maintain unity in the church? Have you experienced the kind of joy that David does in this psalm when believers live together in unity? (see Psalm 133)
  • Could you add some lines to this psalm to find more reasons to praise God, since “His love endures forever”? (see Psalm 136)

Week 4

  • What are some of the blessings that you are tempted to take for granted in life? (see Psalm 138)
  • Have you ever been accused of doing something you did not do? How did you respond in that situation? How does David in this psalm? (see Psalm 140)
  • What are some reasons why you are motivated to call people to “Praise the Lord”? (see Psalms 146–150)