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Psalm 101 – 4 September 2020

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read Psalm 101
  2. Look for repeated words, themes, ideas.
    a.   Who is mentioned?
    b.   How are they described?
  3. How does David pledge to live?
    a. What actions does David say he will do?
    b. What actions does David say he won't do?

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. What categories of action are mentioned? (i.e. how would you group them?)
  2. What does it mean to "ponder the way that is blameless"? (v2)
  3. How would you define "integrity of heart"? (v2)
  4. What "worthless" things might be set before his eyes? (v3)
  5. Who are those that "fall away" and what are their works? (v3)
    5.1 How might the cling to David?
  6. What is/are:
    - "slander" (v5)
    - "a haughty look and arrogant heart" (v5)
    - "practicing deceit" (v6)
  7. How would David "cut off all the evildoers from the city of the Lord"? (v8)
    7.1 Where is the "city of the Lord"?
  8. How would you divide up the passage? (Give each section a heading).
  9. How does this passage relate to Jesus and the gospel?

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. How can we imitate David's example? (How does the gospel connect?)
  2. In what ways do you personally need to follow David's example in putting off certain thoughts/deeds and putting on others? (Note: putting off = repent of, putting on = pursue)
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Psalm 78 - June 29th 2018

Tell the Coming Generation

Read Psalm 78:1-8

  1. What is the main instruction that the psalmist gives in this passage? What reason does he give for it?
  2. How does he say he’s going to speak to them? In what form will his words be?
    1. How should this affect the way we read the rest of the psalm?
  3. What is the danger that comes from forgetting the works of God, according to the psalmist?

Application:

  1. What does it meant to tell the coming generation about God’s testimony and law? How can we do that today?
  2. Who is the coming generation that we should speak to?
  3. How can we keep from forgetting the works of God?

Read Psalm 78:9-72

  1. The psalmist refers to several points in Israel’s history. See if you can label what event different sections are referring to.
  2. What is the overall theme of this telling of history?
  3. What does God do and act like?
  4. What do the Israelites consistently do?
  5. How does God respond to them? What does this teach about God’s character?
  6. Why does the psalm conclude with celebrating David?

Application

  1. What should we learn from the pattern? What warning is there for us? What encouragement?
  2. How should we respond to this revelation of God’s character?
  3. Why is this history helpful for remaining faithful to God’s instruction?
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