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1. If you could ask “one thing” of the Lord, and have it granted, what would it be? Why don’t you ask?
2. How good are you at remembering faces? Why?
3. What three qualities of God does David recall in verse 1? What do you think he means by each? How does each relate to David’s confidence (verses 2, 3)? In what ways might these verses reflect David’s life experiences?
4. What clue does the oft-repeated “seek” (verses 4, 8) give you into David’s deepest desire: Does he desire to be a priest? Receive sanctuary? Do God’s will? What does it mean to you to seek God’s face?
5. What is the relationship between “seeking” and “waiting” for God (verse 14)? What does this tell you about the Christian life?
6. Given David’s experience with rejection, what seems to be most comforting about God’s presence?
7. How has the Lord been like a “light” or a “stronghold” in your life this past month? What situation has driven you to him to find shelter? What words describe your sense of His presence at the point of need?
8. “See his face” is echoed by Jesus: “Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness and all these other things will be given to you as well” (Matthew 6:33). Is seeking God’s face (or kingdom) first for you? Second or third?
9. What gives you your greatest sense of security? What distracts you from “putting first things first”? How will you deal with this competition?
10. In your love life with God, where does He stand? Why?
- closer to you than your own parents
- more like a distant relative you’ve only heard about
- somewhere in between
11. What will it take for you to get better acquainted with God? More seeking? More waiting? Both? Explain.