Dark Clouds, Deep Mercy - Week 4 Resources and Reflection Questions
"Dark Clouds, Deep Mercy: Discovering the Grace of Lament" *
*our new teaching series inspired by and adapted from Mark Vroegop's book of the same title.
Resources for Further Study
- BOOK: Dark Clouds, Deep Mercy by Mark Vroegop - buy on Amazon
- BOOK: Thinking Right When Things Go Wrong by John Hutchison - Amazon
- BIBLE READING PLAN: If you use the YouVersion Bible app by Life.Church, you might want to look for the "Learning to Lament" 5-day devotional.
- PODCAST: The Gospel Coalition podcast episode #77 entitled "Discover the Grace of Lament" is a one-hour talk featuring the author, Mark Vroegop.
- VIDEO: Dark Clouds, Deep Mercy author speaking at EFCA Theology Conference - "The Psalms & Christian Lament"
Week #4 Reflection Questions (adapted from the book listed above)
- What happens to the soul of someone who never moves to this last step of trust?
- How do you think complaint and request set the framework for trust?
- In your own words, how would you define trust? What are its ingredients? What does it sound like? Look like?
- Why is it important to think about trust as "active patience"?
- What are some barriers that can stand in your way of turning to trust?
- Develop a list of your "go-to" promises, Psalms, or songs. Write them down, and then share them with someone.
- Take some time to pray, talking to the Lord about your need to trust Him.
From Week 3:
Nine Examples/Types of Bold Questions We See in the Psalms:
• “Grant us help.” – Psalm 60:11-12
• “Remember your covenant” – Psalm 25:6
• “Let justice be done.” – Psalm 83:16-18
• “Don’t remember our sins.” - Palm 51:1, Psalm 79:8-9
• “Restore us!” – Psalm 80:3
• “Don’t be silent. Listen to me!” – Psalm 28:1-2
• “Teach me.” – Psalm 143:10, Psalm 90:12, Psalm 86:11
• “Vindicate me.” – Psalm 35:23-24