Daniel Fast 2023

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Message Text

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
for his name’s sake.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord

Connect Group Discussion Questions

1. Perspective is the state of one’s ideas, the facts known to one. How do you think someone new to the faith develops a perspective like David’s?

2. Share your thoughts on the significance that David said God’s goodness and mercies would following him and not going before him?

3. Trouble and suffering, Jesus promised that in this world we would go through “IT”. Peter said to not be surprised when “IT” occurred. James tells us how we should look at “IT”. With this in mind, how important is it for a believer to have a perspective like David’s when going through “IT”?

4. The fiery furnace, the lion’s den, and Psalm 23 are examples of individuals going through “IT” with courage and conviction. Share some thoughts on why you believe they possessed this courage? When we are going through “IT”, what are some of the dangers of not having a perspective like David’s?

5. Today we took Communion together. Do you feel the taking of Communion reinforces a Psalm 23 perspective in your life? Explain.

6. Jesus looked past his present, the pain, the shame, and suffering of the cross, to the future joy that was set before Him. With our eyes on Jesus, with the same assurance in the future that David expressed at the end of Psalm 23, we can be confident that no matter how deep in “IT” we are, nothing compares to the coming glory to be revealed.

7. How does having this perspective on God’s presence in your current circumstances allow you to approach Sunday service as a time of celebration because God’s goodness and mercy has been with you since last Sunday?