November 4, 2018 – The Lord’s Loyal Love

Terry Beatty
November 4, 2018

November 4, 2018 – The Lord’s Loyal Love

Psalm 136
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. How should we see Psalm 136 connected to the flow of Psalms 134 and 135? How does Psalm 136 fulfill and even promote the ideas of Psalm 134?

3. Describe, in your own words, the central meaning of Psalm 136. What major theme is the writer expressing? What is the application to our lives today?

4. How would you respond to a person who criticized this psalm for its repetitive nature? Why do you think the author repeated the same phrase 26 times in 26 verses? Describe what may make repetition beneficial for us.

5. What does it mean that God is good? How should we distinguish between the ideas of God is good and God does good (cf. Genesis 1:31; 2:9; Jeremiah 29:11; Luke 18:19)? Does describing God as good seem insufficient? Explain why or why not.

6. How can we reconcile the idea of God being good and gracious and yet He overthrew Pharaoh, slew various mighty kings, and took land from occupants for Israel to possess (cf. vss. 15-22)? Do you think the Egyptians thought God was good and merciful? Explain. What challenges may we face in telling unsaved people that God is good, loving and gracious?

7. If there is only one true God, why does the author state in Psalm 136:2 that the Lord is the God of gods? What implications arise from the idea of the Lord being the God of gods (cf. Deuteronomy 4:35; 6:13; Isa. 44:6; Psalm 86:10; John 17:3; 1 Timothy 1:17)?

8. Describe aspects of God’s nature and being that provide reasons to give Him thanks and praise? What are some things about God that cause you amazement? Take some time to praise him in response.

9. What were some aspects of God’s dealings with Israel that provided reasons for giving thanks and praising Him. How should our redemption encourage us to give thanks to God and praise Him (cf. Ephesians 2:1-5; 1 Peter 2:9-10; Romans 8:1-3)?

10. What were some aspects of God’s care and provision for Israel that were reasons for giving thanks and praise to Him? Describe some of the ways in which God has provided for us and demonstrated care (cf. 1 Peter 1:3; Ephesians 1:3)? List some ways in which God has blessed you. Take some time to thank Him and praise Him for his loving care and provision.

11. What thoughts come to mind when you consider the idea that God’s lovingkindness (steadfast love, mercy) is everlasting (eternal)? How should this concept add a sense of security to our lives?