Discussion Guide | DAVID | David’s Grief | 2 Samuel 17:24-19:43, Psalm 31

Gathering Question: 

What is one way you have seen God at work in your life this past week? 

Gathering Prayer. 

Father, by Your Spirit, would you guide us into all truth. Help us to hear and be attentive to Your voice as we work through this study. In the name of Jesus, Your Son, we pray, Amen. 

Opening Questions

  • What stood out to you in the sermon? 
  • What insights did you gain? 
  • What questions did it raise?

2 Samuel 18:1-17, 18:33-19:4 

  • What stands out to you from this passage? Why?
  • Try to put into words what David must be feeling. 

Psalm 31

  • What are some ways you see grief expressed in this Psalm? 
  • How does this Psalm express both grief and hope?

John 11

  • Why do you think both Mary and Martha confront Jesus with the line “…if you had been here…”? Do you think Jesus is angry at this confrontation? What does his response to his sisters tell us about how he handles our grief?
  • John 11:35, Jesus wept. What surprises you about this verse? Why do you think Jesus grieves when he knows the outcome? 
  • What does this tell us about Jesus that he grieves? 

Hebrews 4:15

  • Why is it significant that Jesus can sympathize with us? 
  • How does the sympathy of Jesus bring us comfort? 
  • Based on this passage, what is something you would say to a fellow Christian who is grieving? 

Closing Prayer