From the Sermon: Psalm 63
Preacher: Pastor Jon Needham
Scripture: Psalm 63
MAIN POINTS: 1) David’s Desert 2) David’s Desire 3) David’s Delight
During a very difficult time in David’s life, both physically and emotionally, he cries out to the only one who can satisfy his soul. It is in our times of greatest
need, when all else is stripped away from us, that we realize it is God alone who we need.
Family Discussion Questions:
1. What’s something that surprised or confused you about this Bible passage?
2. How have you experienced the “deserts” in life being a gift?
3. What is competing with God for your affections?
4. What needs to happen in order for your heart to be realigned with God’s plan for you?
5. How do you fight despair when your circumstances feel overwhelmingly against you?
· Read the sermon summary together as a family. Build this into your regular routine, perhaps reading together around the table during a meal.
· There are five questions, each with a different theme. You can choose one night a week to go over all five, do a couple of questions a few times a week, or discuss one question per day.
· Each question is meant to be a conversation starter- model for your children how to answer these questions by sharing your own personal insights.
· Even if your conversations don’t go as planned, don’t be discouraged. ALL time spent talking about and reading God’s word is valuable!
· The more consistent you are in having these discussions, the more fruitful they will be. As this becomes part of your weekly rhythm, your kids will anticipate the questions and listen more attentively at church.
- 2 Samuel 16-19
- Ecclesiastes 3:11a
- Psalm 16:11
- John 4:13-14
Use these additional scriptures as daily reading. This is also a great way to help your children learn to locate passages in the Bible.
Attribute of God:
INCOMPREHENSIBLE: The vastness of God is beyond what our finite minds can understand, and yet he chooses to reveal himself to the world and his people so they can
We focus on a new attribute of God each week to discuss as a family. Use this time to discuss who God is, answer questions the kids
might have, and talk about what that week’s attribute means to each person in your family.
CHURCH: Spend some time this week praying for the children and youth in our church.
Each week of the month has its own prayer theme: Church, Family, Community, and Repentance. Use these themes to show your children how to pray. It can be helpful to add this to an already existing routine, like at bedtime or when you’re in the car together.
I’ll Not Be Shaken (Psalm 62)
For God alone I wait in silence.
My soul is still before the Lord.
He is my rock and my salvation,
My fortress strong; I trust in Him.
I’ll not be shaken, I’ll not be shaken,
For all my hope is in His love.
From God alone comes my salvation;
I’ll wait and trust His steadfast love.
Put not your hope in gain of riches;
Seek not your rest in empty wealth.
The rich are weak, the poor are mighty
Who turn to God alone for help.
Pour out your heart to God our refuge
And trust in Him to hear you cry.
No other hope will never fail you,
No other love will not run dry
Each month we highlight a different song for you to sing together. Singing is an integral part of worship! Singing as a family helps teach the kids how to worship at church, and as they learn more songs, they will be able to participate more on Sunday mornings. You can practice your songs in the car, at the dinner table, when you wake up, or at bedtime! You can also check out our playlist on Spotify and sing along with your favorite worship songs.
Psalm 119:130 “The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple.”
This is the same memory verse that the whole church is learning and it rotates monthly. Practice reciting it as a family each day at least once. Dinner time is a great opportunity to practice together.
New City Catechism:
Questions 29: How can we be saved?
Answer: Only by faith in Jesus Christ and in his substitutionary atoning death on the cross.