“For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for a lifetime; weeping may last for the night, but a shout of joy comes in the morning” (Psalm 30:5).
“The Lord is my strength and my shield” (Psalm 28:7).
“I once read two of the most interesting viewpoints from two different experienced shepherds. They stated that the rod of the shepherd serves two purposes – both of them are for the protection of the flock.
1. Psalm 30:1-3 - “I will extol You, O Lord, for You have lifted me up, and have not let my enemies rejoice over me. O Lord my God, I cried to You for help, and You healed me. O Lord, You have brought up my soul from Sheol; You have kept me alive, that I would not go down to the pit.”
Psalm 23:4(b) – “For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.”
Describe the time of your life when the “Discipline of The Lord” became real to you:
How did God use that discipline to bring you back to the safety of His guidance and the protection of the flock?
2. Psalm 30:11-12 – “You have returned for me my mourning into dancing; You have loosed my sackcloth and girded me with gladness, that my soul may sing praise to You and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to You forever.”
In the book “Hinds’ Feet on High Places”, author Hannah Hurnard said that God used two “helpers” to keep her two back feet finely planted so they wouldn’t slip as they climbed to higher places that mattered most in life; one was “sadness,” the other was “sorrow.”
Describe how “The Rod of Discipline” of the Lord brings joy to your life through the pain and sadness of the process:
What trials/discipline are you experiencing now and how is God urging you to be joyful in the process?
3. James 1:1-2 – “James, a bondservant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes who are dispersed abroad: Greetings. Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials.”
How have trials and God’s “Rod of Discipline” given your life the quality of endurance in your life experiences?
4. Romans 5:3-5 – “And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”
Like an automatic transmission, this profound passage of scripture points out that tribulations shift gifts into character and character into hope. How has that been true in your life?
5. Psalm 28:7 – “The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; therefore my heart exults, and with my song I shall thank Him.”
How does this passage compare and strengthen you in your times of trial?
6. Psalm 31: 2,7 – “Incline Your ear to me, rescue me quickly; be to me a rock of strength, a stronghold to save me… I will rejoice and be glad in Your lovingkindness, because You have seen my affliction; You have known the troubles of my soul.”
How have you experienced God’s deliverance?
Describe what this passage means to you personally.
John 13:15 – “For I gave you an example that you also should do as I did to you”
From today’s scripture, how does THE Shepherd inside you to shepherd your flock?
“For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for a lifetime; weeping may last for the night, but a shout of joy comes in the morning.” – Psalm 30:5
Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication