P.R.A.Y. Psalm 139 – You have searched me and known me…
Whole hearted followers of Christ are baptized Christians who seek to love the Lord with all their heart, soul, strength, and mind (Lk 10:27) and obey everything Christ has commanded (Mt 28:18-20).
Goal: To understand the Psalms and Psalm 139 better – not only how they were used in ancient times but how modern Christians use them to pray and worship.
Question: “How do you learn to love the Lord will all your heart, soul, strength, and mind and obey everything He commands?”
Answer: “Oh, I Pray! (O.I.P.R.A.Y.) the Bible”
Let’s begin with PRAYER…
O – Let’s start by OBSERVING the Psalm… what does it SAY in these key sections:
Psalm 139: 1-6
Psalm 139: 7-12
Psalm 139: 13-16
Psalm 139: 17-18
Psalm 139: 19-22
Psalm 139: 23-24
I – Let’s INTERPRET the Psalm. What does each section MEAN? Can you summarize it in your own words?
Some special questions come up with Psalm 139…
- What are your thoughts as you read verses 19-22?
- Does reading Luke 14:26 and/or Revelation 2:6 give any insight for you about interpreting Psalm 139:19-22?
- How are verses 19-22 balanced by verses 23-24?
How Do These Verses Lead you To…
P. = Praise and Thanksgiving?
R. = Reflect, Repent, Return to Jesus Christ?
A. = Ask, Seek, and Knock (Pray Kingdom Oriented Prayers)?
Y. = Say YES! to God’s Will