1. Read 1 Samuel 13:14. Have you always understood this text to mean that David was patterned after God’s heart or pursuing after God’s heart? Discuss why.

2. Read 1 Samuel 16:13. The Spirit enables David to pursue God’s heart and praise God through all the problems he went through. Discuss how the Spirit enables you to live a promise-driven life versus a problem-driven life. 

3.  Read Psalm 63:1-4.  David is writing this in the wilderness after his son has murdered his firstborn son and chased him out of the city.  How does this impact you? 

4.  Read Psalm 63:5 in the Message version. Discuss how grateful reflection can transform a sleepless night.