We’re already half-way through the Psalms of Ascent, as we finished week three this week in Stepping Up Through the Psalms of Ascent by Beth Moore. This week we examined the Psalms of promise, of great things for God’s children. We are reminded of Psalm 34:7 NIV The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them. As we move up the mountain and closer to God, we are protected and delivered through the crown of thorns. We heard a powerful statement from Beth Moore in this week’s lesson as she said “nothing can close in on you without closing in on Him first. God alone can be both the watchman and the wall. He has you surrounded even when you don’t want Him anywhere near you because of sin.” As you look at the image of the crown of thorns, remember that through Jesus, you are surrounded. If you are a Prodigal Daughter or have a family member who is still hiding in sin, be sure the read the 12-Day Prodigal Mission.
This week our eyes fell upon Psalm 34 NIV during the course of our study. I invite you to experience this scripture by inserting your name into it and reading the Psalm aloud. Each time you see the words “I,” “my,” or “me,” insert your first name.
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Beth Moore Quotes
- Few things in the human experience breed misery more than insecurity.
- God is with us and for us even when His face and His favor seem hidden.
- Nothing brings the heart, soul and mind greater satisfaction than praising one true God.
- Nothing can close in on you without closing in on Him first.
- God gave each of us a brain for spiritual reasons as well as intellectual reasons.
- God never more closely surrounds us than when He lifts us to His breast and carries us home.
- God keeps His people safe from the prowling lion by encircling us with a crown of thorns.
- Though God may know a better way, He welcomes us to make our hearts desires known to Him.
- You’ll never endure a season of tears that can’t turn into a harvest of joy.
This Week’s Scripture Verse
Continue memorize Psalm 121, write each verse on an index card and start memorizing it as Beth recommend on page 22 of your workbook.
For Next Week
- Read Week Four in the workbook
- Listen to the Session Four Audio or Session Four Video (optional)
Group Discussion- Answer one question or as many as you like
- What comes to mind when you realize that God has you surrounded by His crown of thorns, even when you don’t want Him anywhere near?
- How can we say God has been good when He allows us to encounter trouble? (page 73 )
- Describe a time when God did something you could hardly believe and knew you did not deserve. (page 78 )
- Share a favorite moment from this week’s study.