February 4, 2018 – Blessed Be the Lord

Terry Beatty
February 4, 2018

February 4, 2018 – Blessed Be the Lord

Psalm 41
Life Group Questions:

1.    If you were not able to hear this week’s sermon, consider going to the church website and listening to it. What are some main ideas that you gathered from the sermon? What, if any, questions did the sermon cause for you or do you desire to have additional clarification?

2.    What significance can you see in that the book of Psalms consists of five sections, or books, like the Pentateuch (i.e., Genesis through Deuteronomy)? How might this make us look at and interpret the Psalms differently?

3.    Read the end of the following Psalms: 41, 72, 89, 106. What common phrase or idea exists at the end of each of these Psalms? What impact does this make in the structure of the Psalms? What theological significance results? Explain.

4.    Describe some aspects of God’s faithfulness (cf. Psalm 89:8; 1 Corinthians 10:13; 2 Timothy 2:13; Hebrews 6:13). What does it mean that God is faithful? What are some things to which God is faithful? How have you experienced God’s faithfulness in your life?

5.    Psalm 41 has sometimes been viewed as a psalm of lament. Do you think it is wrong to lament over circumstances in life? Do you think that God is offended by us sharing our laments with him? What is the different between lamenting and grumbling or complaining? Explain.

6.    In what ways can you see Christ in this Psalm? Describe how John 13:18 relates to Psalm 41. Would you consider Psalm 41 as prophetic material or not? Why or why not? Do you think there was a chance that Judas would not betray Christ? Explain.

7.    Why do you think the Bible emphasizes consideration and care for the poor and helpless (cf. Matthew 6:2)? How is it that we are blessed by considering the poor? In what ways can we do a better job individually and as a church with caring for the poor?

8.    Read Proverbs 18:24 and describe the point of this verse. How can an excessive desire for friendship lead to our ruin? Who is the friend who sticks closer than a brother? Explain.

9. List some of the ideas described in verse 10-12 for which we should praise God. How should these ideas shape the way in which we view and handle opposition and hardship in life?