June 3, 2018 – Our Righteous King

Terry Beatty
June 3, 2018

June 3, 2018 – Our Righteous King

Psalm 72
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 is the significance of this psalm being authored by King Solomon? How might this complicate our understanding of the final verse of the psalm? In what ways does this psalm reflect some of 1 Kings 3?

3.    Read through the psalm and comment on it’s possible tie to Psalm 2. If the writer has associated this psalm with Psalm 2, then who is the “son” referenced in verse one? What difficulties arise if we consider this psalm to be about Christ?

4.    Verse 20 states that this psalm closes the collection of David’s prayers. How should this cause us to view the psalm? How would this make Psalm 72 related to Psalm 3 and what implications may result from that connection?

5.    Considering that this psalm is a closing to Book II of the Psalms (Psalm 42-72) and a possible reflection of the closing of Book II of the Pentateuch (Exodus), how might the end of this psalm and the last chapter of Exodus be related? Would there be any significance in that connection? If so, comment.

6.    Many scholars have seen this psalm as a statement of Christ’s rule in the millennial kingdom. If so, how would this passage be related to Revelation 20? Look up the terms amillennialism, premillennialism, and postmillennialism in an theological resource (e.g., Wayne Grudem). Which of these views do you see as most biblical? Is this an important topic? Why or why not?

7.    Look through Psalm 72 and describe the authority of the King’s Son. What are some encouraging things with regard to the authority of Christ? What does it mean that He has the judgments of God (cf. vs. 1)? How might this psalm be related to Philippians 2 and how might Paul have been referencing Psalm 72?

8.    Describe the compassion of God as referenced in this psalm. How have you come to understand the compassion of God in your life? In what ways can we as Christians display the compassion of God?

9.    Much is stated about the glory of God. What is the glory of God; what does that statement mean? What is it about God that displays His glory? How can we magnify and promote His glory? How important is God’s glory to Himself?

10.    Why do you think that God desires to bless His people? Why does He have so much regard for His people? In what ways has God blessed you physically and spiritually? How can we share the blessings of God with others? Is that important? Explain.