The life of the Psalter | Bible Study
by Justin Sizemore
At Youth Ministry Conversations, we believe you know your group best. This means our resources look a little different than what you may have experienced in the past. We try and create a “buffet” of material so you can choose and pick what works best for your group. You will find ideas, instructions, and possibilities in this packet all related to the theme of “The Stories of the New Testament.” How you use them, and how you structure your study is up to you. We hope you enjoy this resource and return in the future to check out other materials.
The life of the Psalter is rich and powerful. Through study of the Psalter we can hear the voices of real people crying out to God and sharing their own experiences with God. Our students need to know that all their emotions are valid to God. Through study of the Psalter, our students will see that real people, who wrote things that made it into the Bible, expressed their honest feelings before God. Throughout this study, I hope students come to see that they can praise God and speak with God on their best days and their difficult days; that it is okay to lament and to ask God why; that it is okay to praise God for doing good things in their lives. Students will learn they can look to the Psalter and see that they don’t have to fake their emotions around God, but they can bring all of themselves, praises, laments, fears, and doubts, before God.
1 What are the Psalms? Page 4
2 Praise and Thanksgiving Page 8
3 Lament Page 13
4 Wisdom and Creation Page 17
5 The Imprecatory Life Page 21
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The life of the Psalter is written by Justin Sizemore
Justin is a graduate of Georgetown College and McAfee School of Theology. He and his wife Abby have one daughter, Ann-Thomas and one fur-baby, Rosie. He is the Minister to Students at Calvary Baptist Church in Lexington, KY.