Core Truth: God Knows Me – Sermon Questions

On Sunday, July 7, 2019, Teaching Pastor Bruce Hess’ message at Wildwood Community Church in Norman, OK was “CORE Truth: God knows Me” from Psalm 139. Below are some questions for your personal or group reflection.

1. Read Psalm 139:1-6; 13-16

2. From your younger years share about an arena where you often compared yourself to others in a negative way.

3. Truth be admitted, from time-to-time we all struggle with feelings of insignificance or inferiority. Share some current arena where you at times feel inadequate.

4. Why is that we commonly lose sight of Core Truths that God has designed to strengthen and encourage us?

5. God knows all about you! He knows our every movement, every motivation; He knows all of our quirks and warts. Yet He desires to have a deep relationship with us. List some ways that this truth encourages you.

6. God meticulously designed you…you are His workmanship, His masterpiece. Why is it we frequently view ourselves in negative ways?

7. God gave each of us a unique fingerprint and unique DNA. That is a picture of His plan from the womb to use you as His servant to leave a unique imprint on others. Reflect on some ways that God has shaped you for ministry throughout your life.

8. Spend some time in prayer asking God to show you more deeply how He designed you to serve others.

Sermon Preview – Sunday, July 7, 2019

 

Hello Wildwood Family!

I hope you will have some time to be refreshed over this extended July 4th holiday weekend! In the month of July, we will be presenting a 4 part series of messages entitled, CORE truth. While there are numerous CORE truths we could explore we will only be examining four. The first two involve Psalm 139, one of my favorite Psalms.

Have you ever struggled with comparing yourself to others or found yourself feeling insignificant or inferior? Sure, we’ve all been there more often than maybe we’d like to admit. Well, if you’ve found yourself residing in that world, this week’s message is for you.

We will be diving into Psalm 139:1-6, 13-16. The message title is, “God knows you!” When you step back and reflect, that is truly an amazing truth. Come and enjoy a rich time in God’s Word.

Just a reminder, Sunday the 7th is a “full all in” Sunday. There will be no children’s ministry (our children’s staff is getting a very rare break), nor will there be any student or adult ministry. We will ALL gather in one of our two worship services at either 9:45 or 11 am.

Hope to see you Sunday!!

Bruce

Psalm 57

Over the past year, I have been reacquainted with the Psalms.  Through a combination of reading the Psalms in my One Year Bible reading plan and listening to some new modern arrangements of Psalms set to music, I have found these songs to more and more find their way into my personal and corporate prayers.

In particular, I have loved listening to Shane and Shane’s Psalm based albums, as well as Keith and Kristyn Getty’s “North Coast Sessions.”  In each instance, the artists took a particular Psalm as an inspiration to arrange the content in modern vernacular and to contemporary music.

These artists have inspired me to begin writing some Psalm adaptations of my own.  The first one I wrote is based on Psalm 57.  I used the actual Psalm 57 as my prayer in yesterday’s service, but last month, I wrote (without the music) my own version of this Psalm.  I am including it below in case it helps guide you to worship today!

In Your shadow, I will shelter

As the siren sounds around

In Your shadow, I will shelter

’Til the final trumpet sounds

 

My enemies are near

Angry words thrown like spears

Seek to pierce me to the wall

God most High, to you I call

 

In Your shadow, I will shelter

As the siren sounds around

In Your shadow, I will shelter

’Til the final trumpet sounds

 

My enemies make plans

Traps set to fell this man

Wake up now and praise His name

Salvation comes, I will proclaim

 

In Your shadow, I will shelter

As the siren sounds around

In Your shadow, I will shelter

’TIl the final trumpet sounds

 

Lord, Not what I did earn

‘Tis Your mercy I yearn

Look around and see your grace

Comfort, care, a friendly face

 

In Your shadow, I will shelter

As the siren sounds around

In Your shadow, I will shelter

’TIl the final trumpet sounds

 

My heart remains with You

To God alone be true

For the nations hear Your fame

Glory, glory praise Your name

 

In Your shadow, I will shelter

As the siren sounds around

In Your shadow I will shelter

’Til the final trumpet sounds

A few notes about the imagery of this song . . .

  1.  Living in Oklahoma, we are used to “sirens” going off in the spring time, pushing us to our shelters – tornado shelters!  In life, however, we have a more secure “safe place” . . . finding our protection in the shadow of our God.
  2. Old Testament David wrote this Psalm while in a cave hiding from King Saul.  Saul literally tried to pin David to a wall with a spear, yet in Psalm 57, David references the words of Saul, even more than Saul’s spear.  “Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never hurt me” is not a sentiment shared by David . . . or me.
  3. The mercy of God is demonstrated to David by the kindness of  Jonathan (Saul’s son).  His friendly face gave David hope and encouragement.  So often God’s mercy is demonstrated to us through the kindness of others.

Let me know your thoughts!