December 2, 2018 – Praise the LORD Who Gives

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Terry Beatty
December 2, 2018

December 2, 2018 – Praise the LORD Who Gives

Psalm 147
Life Group Questions:

1. If you were unable to hear this week’s sermon, consider listening to it via our church website. What are some main ideas you gathered from the sermon? What, if any, questions did this passage cause for you or do you desire to have additional clarification?

2. Who is the primary audience addressed in Psalm 147? How does this idea of audience affect our interpretation and application of this psalm? Is it right for Christians in general to apply this passage to themselves? Explain.

3. Consider verses 1, 5, 7, and 12. What significance do you see associated with the idea of corporate praise in this psalm? Why do you think the Bible places so much emphasis on corporate praise? What are some of the benefits of corporate praise? Explain the importance corporate praise to the Christian life?

4. What does the psalmist mean by saying that it is good to sing praise to our God? What is good about singing praises to God; for God and us? According to this psalm, praise is to be pleasant. Would you describe your praise as pleasant? Why or why not? What does it mean that praise is fitting (cf. vs. 1)?

5. What are some reasons for which the psalmist states that we should give praise to God? Why do you think the writer gives us reasons as to why we should praise God? Describe some reasons you have to praise God?

6. Do some research about the facts associated with stars (e.g. their number, characteristics, distance from earth). What comes to mind when you read that God is mindful of the stars and calls each one by name? How would you describe the idea of God having infinite wisdom and knowledge?

7. In what ways does the Lord provide healing and support to the broken-hearted? Have you ever been brokenhearted and felt the healing work of God? Explain your experience of God’s healing and praise him for his help.

8. Do you believe that God grants prosperity to his people? Explain. How might the idea of God’s promise of prosperity for his people differ from the “prosperity Gospel” teaching? In what ways can we expect God to prosper us? Who are the ones that God promises to prosper (cf. vs. 11)?

9. In what ways are the Jews a special people (cf. Psalm 103:7, Romans 3:1-2, etc.)? Do you think that God has make certain promises reserved only for the Jews? If so, does that make Jews a more important race? Should non-Jewish people feel inferior or less important than Jewish people? Explain.

10. Read Jeremiah 9:23-24 and describe some observations about the text. In what way is God challenging you to trust him or trust him more? Commit yourself to the Lord in prayer.