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(Monday) Psalm 1: Praying our Inattention

What significance do you see in the progression from walk to sit to stand (v. 1)?

The law of the Lord is contrasted with the words counsel, way, and seat. What does this contrast bring out?

How are law-delighting people like trees (v. 3)? How are the wicked like chaff (v. 4-6)?

How do these contrasts motivate you to delight in God’s word?

Prayer Focus: Ask God for true delight in the times you spend in his word.

Family Devotional: Read verses 2-4. How does God’s word make us solid and fruitful, like a tree? How might we “blow away” like chaff and dust if we didn’t pay attention to God’s word?

(Tuesday) Psalm 2: Praying our Intimidation

“Anointed” (v. 2) is a translation of the Hebrew word Messiah. What in this psalm points toward Jesus?

How does the Lord view the proclaimed power of the nations (v. 4-6)?

The psalm begins and ends with references to kings and rulers. How do they relate to the King enthroned by the Lord (v. 6)?

How do you approach politics? How does this psalm affect your approach?

Prayer Focus: Pray for our rulers, that they might “serve the Lord with fear.”

Family Devotional: Read verses 1-6. Who is the true king of the earth? Why do people go against him? How does God respond?

(Wednesday) Psalm 3: Praying about Trouble

Salvation/deliverance is a repeated theme throughout this psalm. What do we learn about it?

What progression of thought do you see (from v. 1-2 to v. 3-4, 5-6, 7, 8)?

What action does God take? What action does David take?

Do you ever feel overwhelmed by threatening people or circumstances? How does David’s response encourage you?

Prayer Focus: Pray slowly through verses 6-8.

Family Devotional: Read verses 1-3. Have you ever had people rise against you? Why? How should you respond?

(Thursday) Psalm 6: Praying our Tears

Compare the first verse with the last. Are the tears because of the Lord or the enemies? Why?

How many different ways is weeping expressed (v. 6-7)?

In verses 8-9, there are three concepts in parallel: weeping, plea, and prayer. How do these relate to each other?

Tears are usually considered that something is wrong with us: depression, unhappiness, or frustration. We try to avoid or resolve them. When are tears necessary evidence of something right?

Prayer Focus: Weep over your sin and pain with the Lord.

Family Devotional: Read verses 8-10. When is it OK to cry? What things should we be crying about? How does God respond to our tears?

(Friday) Psalm 8: Praying over Creation

Notice every word that describes what God has created. How do these things reveal God’s glory?

What response should we have toward God by viewing his creation (see Romans 1)?

What evidence do we have that God cares for us?

Do you tend to view yourself as closer to the “heavenly beings” or the “beasts of the field”? How does this psalm bring balance to your view of yourself?

Prayer Focus: Praise God for his creation, and his unique relationship with us

Family Devotional: Read verses 1-5. How can children praise God? Why should we praise God, according to this psalm?