Catch up on how things have been since the last time your Impact Group met. Allow anyone new to introduce themselves. Then ask group members:
Ask for a volunteer to read Psalm 1 to the group, praying a short prayer that, however much they’ve come to know Jesus, they’d know him better as a result of your time together.
If you’re not gathered in person, the leader should project the video for the group through sharing their screen. If you’re using Zoom, make sure you have optimized your screen share for video.
Suggested questions to help your discussion. You may find the Bible discussion is slightly longer this week.
The word ‘law’ (Hebrew torah) is used in a range of ways in the Bible, and comes from the verb ‘to teach.’ Sometimes ‘law’ refers precisely to the first five books of the Bible (such as in Luke 24:44). Elsewhere the term clearly refers to other words from God (see Isaiah 1:10). In the Psalms, ‘law’ most commonly refers to the whole Bible, including the Psalms that follow.
In English, the word ‘instruction’ helps us grasp the sense of the Hebrew word. Whilst we associate ‘law’ with restriction, the psalmist’s sense is more positive: God’s ‘instruction’ helps us learn the truth about him and the way the world works.
The type of meditation the psalmist speaks about in verse 2 isn’t related to that found in some Eastern religions. Meditation in Eastern religions is associated with emptying your mind, but biblical meditation refers to digging down deep into truth.
To meditate, then, is to think deeply about what God has said to us in the Bible, personally internalising all that God says is true. The instruction to meditate ‘day and night’ doesn’t mean God expects his people to read the Bible 24 hours a day. Rather, God is calling his people to let Scripture sink so deeply into their hearts that his word becomes integral to their thinking.
Here how’s Ray Ortlund puts it: “The message of Psalm 1 is clear. If you want to worship God, shut the distractions out and pick up your Bible. Open it, read it, believe it, meditate on it, delight in it, obey it. God will show you Christ. He will refresh you and help you, from now on into eternity, by the power of grace. It is that simple, that profound.”
Meditating on Scripture as a means of growing our relationship with God is an ancient practice. (You might like to read the ‘Going Deeper’ box on meditation out to your group.)
Encourage group members to dwell on one verse or one image from Psalm 1. Allow a time of quiet in which group members can pray silently into this part of Scripture. (If you’re meeting online, you could explicitly tell people they can turn their screens off if they like). Encourage anyone who would like to turn this into a verbal prayer.
Then share any requests for personal prayer, and ask for volunteers to lead the group in prayer.
You may have people in your Impact Group who are new to reading the Bible.
Confirm the time that you’ll meet next week, and ask someone to close your time together in prayer.
Taking it further – links you might like to share with your Impact Group
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