Let's Talk About Protection and Rest

by Melissa Slocum

Every week you’ll find different types of posts here on the ABS blog. Today’s post is for teachers, to encourage conversation and reflection in your Bible study group. Each “Let’s Talk About” activity can be used at any time during your meeting and lasts approximately 10-15 minutes.

Today, let's talk about..

PROTECTION AND REST

Psalm 16

 

16 Protect me, God, because I take refuge in you.
I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord.
    Apart from you, I have nothing good.”
Now as for the “holy ones” in the land,
    the “magnificent ones” that I was so happy about;
    let their suffering increase because
        they hurried after a different god.
I won’t participate in their blood offerings;
    I won’t let their names cross my lips.
You, Lord, are my portion, my cup;
    you control my destiny.
The property lines have fallen beautifully for me;
    yes, I have a lovely home.

I will bless the Lord who advises me;
    even at night I am instructed
    in the depths of my mind.
I always put the Lord in front of me;
    I will not stumble because he is on my right side.
That’s why my heart celebrates and my mood is joyous;
    yes, my whole body will rest in safety
10     because you won’t abandon my life to the grave;
    you won’t let your faithful follower see the pit.

11 You teach me the way of life.
    In your presence is total celebration.
Beautiful things are always in your right hand.

 

Key Verse:

That’s why my heart celebrates and my mood is joyous; yes, my whole body will rest in safety. —Psalm 16:9

 

Commentary:

At first glance, this psalm of protection and trust may seem an unusual choice of Scripture, but if you consider all the family vacations, mission trips, summer camps, and other fun activities we engage in during the summer, it sounds more appropriate. We can embrace all that summer has to offer because we trust God to keep us safe. To be able to rest, play, and enjoy God’s creation under God’s protection allows us to fully enjoy, fully relax, and fully rest. Flat tires while traveling, scrapes, bumps or broken bones while trying new activities, sunburns, bug bites, and a host of memorable mishaps become part of the summer-fun memories we make because we can trust in God’s protection and provision for us. Still, we cannot take unnecessary risks and expect God to protect us when we fail to make sensible decisions and take reasonable precautions.

 

Questions to discuss:

Why do people pray for travel mercies? Do you think it helps? Why or why not?

What are some activities that might involve risk during the summer? How can those risks be reduced?

How has God worked to keep you safe as you participated in past summer events or activities?

How might our trust and faith in God help us rest and enjoy summer even more?

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