Begin this session by reading Scripture and answering questions to reflect on the selected Bible verses.
When you think of singing songs to God, how would you describe the content and emotions of those songs? Are there topics and emotions that should or should not be expressed to God? Why?
The term “wisdom” in this module refers to content, while “poetic” refers to the writing style.
Hebrew poetry emphasizes thought flow and generally works with two lines at a time. The writer will do one of three things:
The book of Psalms, or “The Psalter” is the largest book in the Bible and is made up of five smaller books. The purpose of psalms (songs) are to express raw emotion, both good and bad.
Psalm: means “song”
The three types of songs found in Psalms are:
Can you identify the type of songs found in Psalm 40, Psalm 50, and Psalm 93?
Why is it hard to share your sorrows and frustrations with God? How can doing so empower your faith?
In your life right now, would your psalm to God be a hymn of praise, lament, or a song of thanksgiving? Write that psalm and share it with someone.
How honest are you with God in your own life? How can you become more honest in your worship, prayer, and daily walk with God? What are some ways that you can encourage others in your life to be honest with God?