Thrive: A Study of Psalm 119

Week 1:

Psalm 119:1-16

Week 1 Discussion Guide (PDF)

Part 1:

  1. How would you describe your life right now? Are you just surviving? Or would you say that you are thriving?
  2. Do you believe that it is possible to live a life here on earth that thrives? Why or why not?
  3. What is your opinion on the idea in verse 1-3 that complete happiness is found in holiness?
  4. Where are there patterns of sin in your life that could be holding you back from thriving? What’s the next step you can take to combat those sin struggles?

Part 2:

  1. “Keeping your way pure looks like a high view of God’s Word.” How would you describe the way you view the Bible? How does that affect the way you live?
  2. Re-read Matthew 5:19. Now skim the next couple chapters of Matthew where Jesus is preaching. How have you (or maybe our surrounding culture) “relaxed” some of these commands of Jesus?
  3. Blamelessness is essential to blessedness. We become blameless by grace through faith in Jesus. How should this affect the way we live? Honestly, how does this affect how we live?

Week 2:

Psalm 119:17-32

Week 2 Discussion Guide:

Part 1:

  1. Describe your best life. If you could fabricate the perfect life what would it look like?
  2. Where have you been blinded to some of the obvious things in scripture in the past? How did you notice it and what did you do about it?
  3. In verse 19, the writer feels like a foreigner on earth because of his personal holiness. Has this ever happened to you? How did you deal with it?

Part 2:

  1. Do you believe that you can enjoy God and His Word just as much as any other pleasure in life? Why or why not?
  2. Have you had an experience with sin that left you realizing you were “clinging to dust”? Sharing this could be really helpful to others in similar struggles.
  3. What are some practical ways you can try to grow your delight in God and His Word? Hold each other accountable!

Week 3:

Psalm 119:33-48

Week 3 Discussion Guide:

Part 1:

  1. Have you ever gone through a season of life where you could look back and see God orchestrating events that you could not see at the time? If so, share.
  2. What is your opinion on the idea that God is the one who causes us to “will and work”?
  3. What are some things you are asking God to give you a desire for?
  4. What are some things in your life that you need to get rid of by asking God to take away your desire for it?

Part 2:

  1. Where have you seen a need for security from God in this shaky culture?
  2. What are some practical steps you can take to find more joy in God, His Word, and His ways?
  3. Does Jesus’ promise in Matthew 7:7-12 make you more likely to approach God in prayer? Why? What are some things at the top of your list to ask for from God?

Week 4:

Psalm 119:49-64

Week 4 Discussion Guide:

Part 1:

  1. Are there areas of your life (or the lives of your loved ones) where you need more hope? How can you prioritize God’s Word in the coming weeks as your hope?
  2. Has God ever comforted you through His Word? If so, share.
  3. Which of the reminders about suffering was most needed in your life?
    It is inevitable, it accomplishes much, it is increasing, God is in control

Part 2:

  1. When you need some stability in your life, where do you normally turn? Why?
  2. What do you think it means in your life that God is your portion? Why?
  3. Who is someone you know who has truly built their life on the Word of God? How is their life going? If you don’t know someone like that, who are some people you’d like to get to know more, so you can see their life as an example to you?