05 Sharing the Psalms

by | Jun 22, 2016 | 01 Podcasts, Psalms

Tips for polishing your presentation


  • Historical Culture context
  • Find out what they know
  • Fill in the gaps, add to knowledge
  • Category/genre of psalm
  • Poetic structure of psalm
  • Purpose: what do you want them to get out of the study?
  • Personal connection (prompt them to relate to the text)
  • Rhetorical question
  • Interesting thought
  • Challenge, inspire
  • Brief story
  • “Write down 3 experiences…”


  • Look at structure and raise questions
  • Relate to other psalms in genre as it is helpful for interpretation
  • Examine OT/NT references, “what is the connection?”
  • Note internal unity of psalm, “why this change in thought pattern or poetic structure?”
  • How does this fit with the broad message of Scripture? (Gospel & Kingdom)
  • What does this tell us about the character of God
  • Share your personal struggles/questions/thought processes
  • As questions throughout
  • Provide illustrations from your own experiences/solicit theirs
  • Engage everyone throughout Alternate modalities
  • Mix application activities with instruction
  • Relate to the different stages of life in the group
  • Encourage higher levels of faith, moral development
  • Do in class what you want them to do at home (practice) read it, pray it, meditate on it, sing it
  • personalize it, write about it (journal)


  • Tie into key themes of the study (How does your piece fit into the whole?)
  • What have we learned?
  • Finish with an open-ended question — something to ponder
  • Assign a spiritual application
  • Come back to your initial question or personal connection
  • Reflect on the meaning of the psalm in your life
  • Purpose in your heart

For more detail and explanation, please listen to the podcast.

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Series: How to Study Psalms

Resources: Psalms

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