September 9, 2018
September 9, 2018 – Praise the Lord!
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 113 and list some observations. What main point do you think the writer is trying to convey? What aspect of the Lord does the writer amplify that is deserving of praise? What is so important about the “name” of the Lord (cf. Philippians 2:9-11)?
3. Looking at vss. 1-3, the writer seems to answer a few questions about Praising the Lord. Who is to praise the Lord (cf. Psalm 135:1)? What does the term “servant of the Lord” refer to? How long are we to praise the Lord (cf. Ephesians 5:20, 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)? When should we praise the Lord (cf. Malachi 1:11)?
4. Psalm 113-118 are the section of the Psalms referred to as the “Hallel”. These were sung at various holidays (ex. Passover, Pentecost, Tabernacles, etc.). Take time this week to read through these Psalms and consider the praise that is due to our Lord. Also consider these were possibly sung by our Lord the night before he went to the cross.
5. Consider the greatness of our Lord that is mentioned in vss. 4-6. What does vs 4 show us about the Glory of the Lord? How does this verse put in perspective the idea of who God is compared to us and where He is (cf. Psalm 8:1)? How does it make you feel to know that the Lord is gracious to us in the fact that he looks down from heaven and considers us, vs6 (cf. Philippians 2:5-11)?
6. It’s encouraging to know that we serve a God who has compassion for His people (cf. vss. 7-9). How does the Lord show compassion for the downtrodden (cf. Isaiah 61:1)? Reflect upon the time that the Lord showed compassion on you. How does it make you respond to know that the Lord reached down and pulled you out of your sin?
7. What idea do you think the writer is trying to convey in vs.8? How does this verse show us the idea of equality in the eyes of the Lord (cf. 1 Corinthians 1:26-29)?
8. The writer gave us the example of the miracle of childbirth, by opening up the wombs of barren women (Sarah, Rebekah, Hannah, et.). What are some examples of miracles in your life that God did something extraordinary? What should be our response to the fact that we all once had a barren soul, but God had compassion on us and gave us life (Psalm 150:6)?