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Psalm 97 – 21 August 2020

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read Psalm 97
  2. Look for repeated words, themes, ideas.
    a.   How is God's presence described? (v1-5)
    b.   What actions/commands are mentioned in the Psalm?

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. What does it mean that "righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne? (v2)
  2. What does the description of God's presence communicate about him?
  3. Who/What is "Zion"? Who are the daughters of Judah? (v8)
  4. What does it mean that "Light is sown for the righteous"? (v11)
  5. How does this passage point to the Lord Jesus Christ?

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. How does this vision of God compare to how you think about God?
    a. What difference does it make?
  2. How does one grow in hating evil?
  3. Where do you search for joy and gladness?
  4. What would a life marked by rejoicing in the LORD look?
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Psalm 96 – 14 August 2020

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read Psalm 96
  2. Identify repeated words, themes, ideas.
    2.1   What actions/commands are mentioned in the psalm?
            2.1.1 Who is doing them?
    2.2   What adjectives are used to describe God?

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. Why is God worthy of worship?
       - How is God described?
       - What has God done?
       - What is God doing?
       - What will God do?
  2. How does God compare to other so-called 'god's?
  3. What is "the glory due God's name" (v8)?
  4. What does it mean God will judge the peoples...
    "with equity" (v10)?
    "in righteousness" (v13)?
    "in his faithfulness" (v13)?
  5. How does this passage point to the Lord Jesus Christ?

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. Why do we struggle to worship the Lord like this?
  2. Who can you tell of the Lord's salvation (v2) and marvelous works (v3) that you haven't done?
  3. What idols are you tempted to put above God and trust in (v5)? How does this psalm help you reorient your perspective on them?

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