Winter Warmers: Rest + God

Sermon & Small Group Resources

This is the first sermon in our Winter Warmers series on rest. This sermon is on ‘Rest + God’ Preacher: Michael Calder. Bible Reading: Psalm 62

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Next Steps this Week

BIBLE READING: Psalm 62

For the director of music. For Jeduthun. A psalm of David.

Truly my soul finds rest in God;

my salvation comes from him.

Truly he is my rock and my salvation;

he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.

How long will you assault me?

Would all of you throw me down—

this leaning wall, this tottering fence?

Surely they intend to topple me

from my lofty place;

they take delight in lies.

With their mouths they bless,

but in their hearts they curse.

Yes, my soul, find rest in God;

my hope comes from him.

Truly he is my rock and my salvation;

he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.

My salvation and my honor depend on God;

he is my mighty rock, my refuge.

Trust in him at all times, you people;

pour out your hearts to him,

for God is our refuge.

Surely the lowborn are but a breath,

the highborn are but a lie.

If weighed on a balance, they are nothing;

together they are only a breath.

Do not trust in extortion

or put vain hope in stolen goods;

though your riches increase,

do not set your heart on them.

One thing God has spoken,

two things I have heard:

“Power belongs to you, God,

and with you, Lord, is unfailing love”;

and, “You reward everyone

according to what they have done.”

SMALL GROUP QUESTIONS

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CONNECT: How do you demonstrate a daily dependence on the Lord?

WARM-UP Question

  1. What immediately comes to mind when rest is mentioned? How does the world typically rest?

READ Psalm 62

  1. What is different about the rest David is writing about? Why can David rest in God?

  2. In the original language, the same word translated to rest can also mean silence. What does it mean to be silent before God?

  3. How does God being a rock impact the way we relate to him and live our lives?

  4. David was under quite a lot of pressure from his enemies. What were they doing? How was he stopped from falling?

  5. Why does David similarly restate verses 1-2 in verses 5-6? What is the same and what is different?

  6. Have you ever had to take refuge from something? What does it mean for God to be a refuge?

  7. How do we take refuge in God? How does this give us rest?

  8. What human structures do people typically rest in? Why shouldn’t we rely on these to give us rest?

  9. The creation is described as just a breath. What does this mean and how does this change who we fear and put our trust in?

  10. How is God’s word different to ours?

  11. If all power belongs to God, what power do human authorities have? How is God’s use of this power different to that of human authorities?

  12. How is verse 12 a source of great comfort?

READ Psalm 62 Again

  1. How are we able to have this close relationship with and rest in God?

  2. What may it have meant for Jesus to sing this Psalm? How did he live it out? How in your week can you live this out?

  3. What areas in your life do you need to hand over to God so that you can rest?

APPLY: How can you remind yourself of God’s rest this week?

PRAYER

Gracious, sovereign Lord, all power belongs to you and rest can only be found in you through Jesus. Help us to rest in you, our rock and redeemer. Where there are areas where we need to rest, expose it and help us to pour out our hearts to you so that we can trust in you and find rest in you. Amen.

GOING DEEPER

WITH CHILDREN