July 8, 2018 – God’s Lovingkindness

Terry Beatty
July 8, 2018

July 8, 2018 – God’s Lovingkindness

Psalm 89
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.    Read Psalm 88 and contrast it with Psalm 89. What added feature does Psalm 89 contain that might serve to encourage the readers? What similarities exist between Psalm 2, 72 and Psalm 89? What is the significance of this Psalm ending Book III of the Psalms?

3.    Read the following passages and describe who it is that the writer has in mind: Psalm 89:20-22, 25-27; Ezekiel 43:23-24; 37:24-25.  Why is it significant to understand exactly who is being referenced here? Explain.

4.    What does it mean that Christ is God’s “Firstborn” son (cf. vs. 27; Hebrews 1:5-6). Why would it be important to have a proper understanding of this concept? How might an improper understanding distort the person of Christ? Explain.

5.    Define the word “lovingkindness” with respect to God’s love for his people. You may want to use a Bible dictionary and read it’s listing for this word (Hebrew: hesed). How is this word used in the Bible (cf. 1 Kings 8:23; Isaiah 54:10, 55:3; Jonah 4:2; Micah 6:8, etc.)? What is it about God’s lovingkindness that most encourages you and challenges you?

6.    Psalm 89:1-4 describe the promise that God had made to David. Briefly describe this promise and how it relates to other promises God made (cf. Genesis 3:15; Genesis 12:1-3; 2 Samuel 7:12-17, Acts 3:22-26; Galatians 3:16, etc.). Do you think this promise from God applies to us today? Describe how, if so.

7.    Psalm 89:5-10 describe some of the wonders of God. Mention some of those wonders. What are some other wonders that the Psalmist sometimes mentions about God (cf. Psalm 19:1; 72:18; etc.). What are some things about God that amaze you and cause you to wonder at his greatness?

8.    How does the character and attributes of God add credibility to his promises (cf. Psalm 89:35; Numbers 23:19-20; Hebrews 6:13-18)? How does knowing the character of God add security to your life in Christ? What promises of God do you cling to when facing difficulties in life? Explain.