A heart that longs for God (v. 1-2). Describe how David was feeling when he wrote this psalm. What did he long and crave for while his heart was troubled? What is it that you crave for in your life? How could you tell if you are craving for spiritual matters? What are the consequences if your heart doesn’t long for God? What does the statement, “It takes effort to pursue closeness with God” mean? During the last seven months, has your walk with God deepened? Do you long for him? If not, why?
A heart that finds satisfaction in God (v. 3-5). How would you describe the love of God for His children? How would you compare this kind of love to a husband and wife relationship? Why do material things NOT give satisfaction in life? Just like David, how does God give you satisfaction in who you are (your significance), your friendship, and purpose? How would having more of Jesus bring peace and full satisfaction to settle your heart?
A heart that draws near to God (v. 6-8). When David thought of God, it relaxed him. How does the picture of God’s love compare to that of a hen who “doth gather her chicks under her wings” (Luke 13:34) speak to you? What do the verses in Psalm 147:4, John 10:3, and Acts 9:10-12 tell you about how much God cares for you? What should be your response as you think of God’s protective care? Why?
A heart that rejoices in God (v. 9-11). David could rest because God took care of his troubles. Think of the world’s problems earlier this year that are no longer in the news. Do you believe that Covid-19 came and will pass because the Lord is sovereign and in control? How could you rejoice in the midst of troubles as David did? Can you identify whether it is true or simply a coping mechanism (e.g. “staying positive”)? How would you cultivate a heart that rejoices always?