I am trying a new thing! You may have seen some of my posts with Bible verses focusing on certain topics. While these posts can be helpful too, sometimes I prefer to focus on one passage at a time. Today I am sharing a Bible study (or a quiet time) based on one key passage of scripture rather than multiple.
Psalm 34. I’m sure I’ve read it multiple times over my Bible-reading days. But I came across it while reading through Psalms, and it happened to overlap a time when I was working on my insecurity. And since the Word is living and active, it hit me in a completely different way. Maybe it’s because I needed it more at the time.
In this post, we’ll read the text, and I’ll add a couple questions and prompts now and then. Everyone studies the Bible a little differently, so go with me on this. Sometimes I like to get creative, and think outside the box, since our God is so much bigger than the little box I can try to contain him in.
Psalm 34 (NIV)
First, read through the whole chapter. Next, we’ll break it down.
Read verses 1-3.
Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt his name together. (vs 3)
“Glorify” means “to make glorious by bestowing honor, praise, or admiration.” What can you praise God for today? Stop and make a list. It can be as specific or as broad as you like.
Think of a song that helps you worship God and connect with him. Play it sometime today. (If you have time, right now!)
Read verses 4-7.
I sought the Lord and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. (vs 4)
What are some of the fears that God has delivered you from? Make a list.
Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered in shame. (vs 5)
What would life look like without shame? Think of situations where you feel unashamed and confident. God takes away our shame at all times, so we can feel that way anytime!
Read verses 8-14.
Fear the Lord, you his holy people, for those who fear him lack nothing. (vs 9)
Consider an idea from The Best Yes by Lysa TerKeurst: that a person who fears God can be defined as one who “sees the hand of God in everything”. How does that affect your perspective of the above scripture, if at all?
Read verses 15-18.
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. (vs 18)
How has God inspired you and kept you going in the most difficult times? Write about one such time.
Read verses 19-22.
The Lord will rescue his servants; no one who takes refuge in him will be condemned. (vs 22)
What things are you feeling condemnation for lately? How does it feel to know that God does not look at you with condemnation? What would life look like to be free of that condemnation?
To sum it all up –
How does God address and answer our fears? (Think: he protects us from shame, condemnation, discouragement, and need.)
So what do you think? What else do you gather from this passage? Also, would you like to see more Bible studies like this?