Psalm 96 Small Group Study Guide

By August 21, 2016Small Group Study Guide

Intro:

  • How does our popular culture reflect what we worship?
  • How do your own choices reflect who/what you worship?
  • What about the culture of your home?

Read:

Psa. 96:1 Sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth. 2 Sing to the LORD, praise his name; proclaim his salvation day after day. 3 Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples. 4 For great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; he is to be feared above all gods. 5 For all the gods of the nations are idols, but the LORD made the heavens. 6 Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and glory are in his sanctuary. 7 Ascribe to the LORD, O families of nations, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength. 8 Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; bring an offering and come into his courts. 9 Worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness; tremble before him, all the earth. 10 Say among the nations, “The LORD reigns.” The world is firmly established, it cannot be moved; he will judge the peoples with equity. 11 Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it; 12 let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them. Then all the trees of the forest will sing for joy; 13 they will sing before the LORD, for he comes, he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples in his truth.

Discuss:

  1. 1. The Bible (and the human history it describes) is a single story…the Gospel story.
    *Walk through the sermon notes that talk about the Bible being a single story. Discuss what has been called the “crimson thread of redemption” that runs throughout and ties it all together.
  2. The Gospel is for all people, everywhere.
    *What are some idols of our culture and other cultures around the world?
    * Jer. 10:2 This is what the LORD says: “Do not learn the ways of the nations or be terrified by signs in the sky, though the nations are terrified by them. 3 For the customs of the peoples are worthless; they cut a tree out of the forest, and a craftsman shapes it with his chisel. 4 They adorn it with silver and gold; they fasten it with hammer and nails so it will not totter. 5 Like a scarecrow in a melon patch, their idols cannot speak; they must be carried because they cannot walk. Do not fear them; they can do no harm nor can they do any good.” 6 No one is like you, O LORD; you are great, and your name is mighty in power.
    *The way Jeremiah describes idolatry makes it sound ridiculous. Why can’t idolaters see it as such? Why can’t we see it as such when are struggling with it?
  3. The Gospel is the righteousness of God
    *What are some reasons the Psalmist put judgment and rejoicing together?
    Ezek. 18:23 Do I take any pleasure in the death of the wicked? declares the Sovereign LORD. Rather, am I not pleased when they turn from their ways and live?
    Is. 53:5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.
    *Discuss how those two verses dispel the myth that the “God of the Old Testament” was cruel and harsh.

Apply:

  • Pray together that God would empower you to witness to Christ, suffer for that witness, and love and serve your neighbors in your everyday callings.
  • Pray about being faithful in the here and now…without being lulled to sleep by the here and now…pray for specific areas of your life.

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