STUDIES IN THE LORD'S PRAYER

Copyright © Rosemary Bardsley 2002

WORKSHEET 5: GOD'S WILL IN THE PSALMS

Complete the table below by writing in what these verses say about God's will.

[Key words: teach, guide, lead, instruct, path, counsel, direct, light, teach/taught, watch, know, sees]

Psalm
What is prayed for / what God does / what we should do

1:6

 

5:8

 

13:3

 

16:7

 

16:11

 

17:5

 

18:21

 

19:11

 

23:2

 

23:3

 

25:4

 

25:5

 

25:8

 

25:9

 

25:12

 

27:11

 

31:3

 

37:5

 

37:7

 

57:2

 

61:2

 

67:4

 

86:11

 

103:7

 

119:16

 

119:20

 

119:24

 

119:35

 

119:47

 

119:97

 

119:105

 

119:127

 

119:133

 

121:5

 

121:7,8

 

139:3

 

139:7-10

 

139:16

 

142:3

 

143:8,10

 

145:20

 

In the above references there are many prayers for guidance, leading and so on; in the vast majority of them they are concerned with living in accordance with God's commandments, not with 'decision making' guidance. Can you identify what it is that makes the writers of the Psalms ask the Lord for his direction and leading? If you read the verses above in the context of the whole Psalm you will be able to identify several points of motivation.

List these motivating factors below.

What motivated the Psalm writers to pray for, or express their confidence in, the direction of the Lord?
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