6.5 Psalm 13-18

Lydia Knox

6.5.2020

Psalm 13-18

Summarize what you read in one paragraph:

In Psalm 13 David is asking God How long he will have to wait To see God but even as he asks God these questions, he closes in saying that he will continue to trust, rejoice, and sing to God.

Psalm 14 This chapter talks about the foolishness and selfishness of mankind Although God looks for those who understand and who seek him the last couple of verses end on a more positive note expressing the salvation for Israel that would come out of Zion and the restoration of the Lord’s people.

In Psalm 15 David discusses the qualities and actions of those who are allowed to dwell in the Lord’s secret tent and holy mountain. The people who have those things will never be shaken.

In Psalm 16 In this chapter, David is praising God and saying how God is his life.

In Psalm 17 David cries out to God. He tells the Lord that he has kept on the Narrow Path and that throughout he has not stumbled. He calls upon the Lord to show him the wonders of his love. He asks for shelter in the Lord from his enemies. He states that he will press on and see the Lord’s face and be satisfied.

In Psalm 18 This was actually a song that David sang to God (he actually sang a lot). The Lord was David’s strength, his rock, and deliverer. He praised and took shelter in the Lord. Even with the struggles and challenges, he called on God for help. David goes into detailed imagery about God coming down from Heaven to rescue him from the deep waters of his life and then expresses his faithfulness, love, and security in God.

What is one key verse?

Psalm 18: 16

‘He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters.’ 

How does what you read change your vision of God?

It reminds me of how much God values me. He came down from Heaven to rescue me from my enemies. Psalm 18: 7-15 describes the image of God as he “swoops in” and saves us. This imagery really helps me to remember how fearsome, mighty, and amazing our God truly is. With all the power He has, he used it to create us and the world we live in. Psalm 18 helps me to see God’s fearsome love for me.

How does what you read change your vision of yourself or others?

What I’ve read helps me to see how valuable I am to God and how humble I should be in His presence and the presence of others. This reading made me think “How fearsome is my love for God? How fearsome is my love for people?”. There are so many people in the deep waters of the world and sin and the further down they go, the more pressure weighs down on them. God doesn’t call us to save the lost (that’s His job) but He does call us to seek them–to find them. Where I’m trying to go with this is that once we find a person in deep waters, God will be able to lift them up and save them. 

How will you Go With God because of this reading? (What is an action step?)

I will go and reach out to others and show them the fearsome love of God.

Where did you see Jesus in these chapters? (What made you think about Jesus?)

All these chapters remind me that I have no reason for fear or doubt because of Jesus. He rescued me from the deep waters of sin and continues to protect me and lift me up when I stumble or fall. He will always listen and hear my joy and my sadness.

6.4 Psalm 7-12

Janelle Sabin

6.4.2020

Psalm 7-12 

Summarize what you read in one paragraph:

 In a quick sentence about these Psalms I would say ‘God is always with us, even in the darkest of times’. I would say that the overall theme of Psalm 7-12 is God is a righteous judge. Psalm 10 specifically called out to me because it really talked about how when times get tough and it seems like God isn’t listening or is too busy that it can get “easy” to think that you’re, your only and best advocate. It can seem easier to push aside all others to get material things that make you feel better for the time being. But it wraps everything together by reminding us that the best place, the best feeling to have, is the love of God and that he is never gone. Psalm 11 emphasizes that even when evil sinks in to try to sway our faith by saying hurtful things or keeping us away from our place of worship (thank you COVID-19) that God is with us everywhere and we need to keep living in his righteous name. 

What is one key verse?

Psalm 9:9 “The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.”

How does what you read change your vision of God?

What I read helps me see that sometimes God silently helps you. A relationship with God is going to come with evil trying to keep you away from him but it is so worth it in the end to push through and keep your faith. 

How does what you read change your vision of yourself or others?

After reading this I really looked inside of me to see what I do that I would not want to do in front of Jesus or even in front of certain people in my life. I really looked at how I might change in front of different circles of friends and realized I need to be my true self in front of everyone and not change to “please” who I am around.

How will you Go With God because of this reading? (What is an action step?)

I like to be a people pleasure and that makes it very easy for others to sway my opinion of things without me actually thinking about how I feel about the topic. Because of this reading I am putting a reminder in my phone of Psalm 11:5 “The Lord tests the righteous, but his soul hates the wicked and the one who loves violence.” I use the reminder function on my phone a lot so having this verse right there will be a quick and good reminder of God’s tests the next time ones comes my way. 

Where did you see Jesus in these chapters? (What made you think about Jesus?)

In Psalm 11 I see Jesus on the cross. Psalm 11 talks about taking refuge in the Lord, for even when the wicked try to shoot down the good (Jesus) and destroy the foundation of the righteous (spreading the word of God), the Lord will still sit in heaven and love those were the good and judge righteously those who have gone against him. 

6.3 Psalm 6.3

Mindy Richmond

6.3.2020

Psalm 1-6

Summarize what you read in one paragraph:

In these chapters David uses a lot of imagery to describe what life is like for both the righteous and the wicked, and then he goes on to a more personal plea to God for protection. What I really love about these chapters, and really most Psalms, is that David is never afraid to show his vulnerability. He is honest about his fears and weaknesses, yet he remembers how God has protected and shielded him in the past and he is bold enough to continue to ask God for help.

What is one key verse?

Psalm 6:3 “My soul also is greatly troubled. But you, O Lord – how long?” This verse stands out to me because David is revealing how much he is hurting, and you can hear how he is growing impatient with God for an answer. I think that we can all relate to these feelings at one time or another in our lives, and this lets us know we can also be open and vulnerable with God.

How does what you read change your vision of God?

These chapters didn’t really change my vision of God, but they definitely reaffirm what He represents for me in my life. He is my protector, my comforter, my provider. 

How does what you read change your vision of yourself or others?

I’m reminded of the importance of being honest with myself and with others, and the importance of praising God for all He’s done in my life. 

How will you Go With God because of this reading? (What is an action step?)

I’m going to try to be more aware of the amazing work God is doing every day in our lives, and be sure to thank Him for it and share it with others.

Where did you see Jesus in these chapters? (What made you think about Jesus?)

 In Chapter 2, when he refers to the Son with a capital S. Verses 7 and 8: “I will tell of the decree:

The Lord said to me, “You are my Son; today I have begotten you. Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage, and the ends of the earth your possession.”

6.2 Job 40-42

Crista Reaves

6.2.2020 

Job 40-42 

Summarize what you read in one paragraph:

Job 40 begins with God asking Job if anyone can argue or oppose God. Job seems like he finally understands how important, big, and almighty God truly is and quickly humbles himself and vows to speak no more. God calls Job into action and again shows how He (God) is able to do all things perfectly. There is a description about Behemoth (some sort of large animal) where God describes how strong it is. Chapter 41 begins with describing how powerful a Leviathan (a large sea animal that hopefully still doesn’t exist) is, and God seems to compare himself to this creature to drive home the point that He is more powerful than a Leviathan as He is more powerful than anything. Finally, in chapter 42 Job again stands in awe of God and his power and praises how mighty God is. The book ends with God rebuking Job’s friends (they make sacrifices and Job has to pray for them to be saved) and God giving Job twice as much of everything he had before all this started.     

What is one key verse?

Job 40: 4 “Behold, I am of small account; what shall I answer you? I lay my hand on my mouth.”

How does what you read change your vision of God?

Job reminds me how God is powerful and in complete control of all things. Nothing surprises Him, nothing is too strong for Him, nothing is too complicated for Him, nothing comes close to understanding like Him, and no one understands and knows our hearts and minds as much as Him. 

How does what you read change your vision of yourself or others?

Reading Job has shown me how I too can be quick to respond with my own opinion. I can feel so right about something in my mind (much like Job’s friends) but be so very wrong. Job has shown how vital it is to stay humble and always be praying for humility and discernment. 

How will you Go With God because of this reading? (What is an action step?)

Reading Job 40:4 reminds me to stop trying to be my own God, to stop trying to argue or justify with Him or others my sin, to be humble and still and love, trust, and obey Him. 

Where did you see Jesus in these chapters? (What made you think about Jesus?)

When God was describing the Behemoth and a Leviathan and how they were huge and mighty and difficult to kill, I thought about Jesus and how different Jesus looked walking in this world. It says in Isaiah 53:2 that Jesus didn’t have an appearance of a king. Jesus didn’t come here looking powerful and mighty and strong…. But came as a man and was hung on a cross without saying a word or displaying His power. However, Jesus IS mighty, powerful, and has the strength to overcome all things!     

6.1 Job 38-39

Doug Reaves

6.1.2020

Job 38-39

We have had many chapters of hearing from Job, Job’s wife and Job’s friends. We have heard many negative and unwise things. In chapters 38 and 39 we finally hear from God. The Lord answers/questions Job by pointing out how small Job’s perspective is. How could someone so small question God’s large and great plan. God shows that he has created it all, he knows it all and that he controls it all. Job lacks knowledge, experience and perspective but he questions the almighty.

A key verse for me was Job 38: 12. God says “have you commanded the morning since your days began”. Such a simple verse. I have my QT’s in the morning and morning always comes. I never question it. But God implies that he makes that happen and that it is not automatic as I might assume. He’s always in charge and that is reassuring.

God is also just as in charge of the less consistent and less certain aspects of life. His hand is in every outcome and we can know that “In all things God works for the good of those who love him” Romans 8:28. God is in control of my life, he is in control of others lives. My most effective action is to pray to the God who is in charge of it all.

In Colossians it says that Jesus is the image of God and the exact representation of his being. While Jesus was on earth he showed his sovereignty over many things. Sickness, weather, people, death. However what Jesus’s life and death also shows that the almighty God is for us and intensely loves us. It is one thing to know that God controls everything, it another to know that he is also completely for us and working for our good.

It’s great to be his children.

5.30 Job 35-37

Stephanie Hinsch

5.30.3030

Job 35-37

Summarize what you read in one paragraph:
These 3 chapters are the continued response of Job’s friend, Elihu the Buzite. During
his speech, Elihu gives detail about how God brings about justice and then discusses
how powerful God is. Elihu is defending God and his right to do what he wants, and
he continues by asking Job, ‘who are we, as humans to question God and His
actions?’ He does this by asking what can humans possibly give him (35:7) and if we
can explain how God makes any of his creation function. During his speech, Elihu is
defending God but he never gives any real answers to any of Job’s previous
questions about his suffering.

What is one key verse?

“‘Look, God is all-powerful. Who is a teacher like him? No one can tell him what to
do, or say to him, ‘You have done wrong.’ Instead, glorify his mighty works, singing songs of praise. Everyone has seen these things, though only from a distance.“
Job 36:22-25


How does what you read change your vision of God?
These chapters humble me and help me to see more of God’s love and power. He is
the creator of everything and controls creation, yet he wants a relationship with his
own creation, people. It also helps me remember that through my sufferings, God is
still God. My circumstances in life, does not change who God is or creates any limit
to what his power can do. It may not provide answers as to ‘why’ things happen, but
it gives me comfort in knowing that God, the one that created everything, is with me.

How does what you read change your vision of yourself or others?
This scripture helps me put perspective into my own importance. It is humbling to
see that, as humans, we have no real power like God. It helps me remember during
hard times, instead of asking ‘why me?’, ask ‘why not me’. However, God is the one
that gives us importance and desires a relationship with us.

How will you Go With God because of this reading? (What is an action step?)
Looking at scripture that describes a glimpse of God’s power helps me step out of
my own little world. I need to tell people about God’s power more and even talk
about my past sufferings as a way to reach out to people.

Where did you see Jesus in these chapters? (What made you think about
Jesus?)

I see Jesus in these verses in the descriptions of God’s power. Jesus had the power to
step down from the cross; yet, he chose to die for our sins.

5.29 Job 32-34

Peter Hinsch

5.29.2020

Job 32-34

Summarize what you read in one paragraph:

In these chapters a young man named Elihu speaks to Job and accuses him of arrogance.  Apparently Elihu has been present for the entire discussion Job has had with his three friends.  Elihu has remained silent up to this point, allowing for the older, wiser friends to speak.  When Job’s friends can’t convince Job that he has sinned, they give up trying.  At this point Elihu finally speaks up because he simply can’t believe that God would allow Job to suffer without Job being guilty of some sin.  Elihu seems indignant that Job would even consider the possibility that God could allow suffering to an innocent person.  Elihu, like the three friends before him, tries to correct what he believes is Job’s wrong thinking about his suffering and get him to confess to sin.

What is one key verse?

Job 33:9-13 “You say ‘I am pure; I am without sin; I am innocent; I have no guilt.  God is picking a quarrel with me, and he considers me his enemy.  He puts my feet in the stocks and watches my every move.’ But you are wrong, and I will show you why.  For God is greater than any human being.  So why are you bringing a charge against him?  Why say he does not respond to people’s complaints?”

How does what you read change your vision of yourself or others?

Elihu reminds me of many people in this day and age who think they have all the answers but really have no clue.  Disciples are not immune to this kind of pride.  I can definitely fall into the same trap.  We need to be vigilant about staying humble and seeking answers about life in God’s word.

How will you Go With God because of this reading? (What is an action step?)

I am reminded that true wisdom comes from knowing Christ and the only way to know God is to follow his son!  If I want to avoid being like Job’s friends, I need to humbly pursue my relationship with Christ every day.

Where did you see Jesus in these chapters? (What made you think about Jesus?)

Job’s friends offered many unconvincing and uninspired arguments to try and prove their points, but they were unsuccessful.  Jesus, on the other hand, would regularly baffle people with only a few words due to his wisdom.  He taught with authority because he was one with the father, unlike Elihu who so proudly thinks he understands God but really doesn’t.