Praise For God’s Discipline (Psalm 94)

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Psalm 94

Questions:

1. Were your parents strict or easy-going? How do you feel about the kind and amount of discipline you received as a child?

2. Are you sure-footed or a bit of a “klutz’? What is the most clumsy thing you’ve ever done?

3. How would you describe the tone of verses 1 – 3? Explain your answer.

  • vengeful and bitter
  • self-righteous
  • pleading
  • confident and direct

4. What is the psalmist’s complaint (verse 3)? What is the sin of wicked (verses 4 – 7)? How do they misuse power? Why do they oppress the powerless (verse 7)?

5. What is the psalmist’s warning (verses 8 – 11)? What is his argument? If God created humans, what can we deduce about God? About humanity? Has the psalmist found an answer for verse 3?

6. How does the focus change in verse 12? How is God addressed differently? Why? If wickedness goes unpunished, what can the psalmist hope for the righteous (verses 12, 13)?

7. What kind of “run in” has this writer had with the wicked (verses 16 – 21)? Is he poor? Siding with the poor? A victim of politics? What keeps him going? Has he found peace of mind yet?

8. Have you ever continued doing wrong because no punishment or ill consequences seemed to come? How did you become aware of your misdeeds?

9. What is your feeling about injustice? Why doesn’t God just end it? Is it our job or do we wait for God to intervene and “set the record straight”?

10. When does God seem to come to your rescue?

  • when the wave of trouble is approaching
  • when your feet get wet
  • when you’re shivering and worn out
  • when you’re just about to drown

11. In reference to Question #10, how has God rescued you?

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Praise For God’s Majesty And Holiness (Psalm 93)

Scripture Text:

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Psalm 93

Questions:

1. For what (other than creation) does the psalmist praise God (verse 5)? How did the Jewish concept of God differ from neighboring countries?

2. Is God “mightier than the breakers” through creative or moral power? Why does the psalm end with praise for God statutes?

3. What is most important to you: might or right? Do you believe because you gain power or because you seek truth? Both? Neither? Explain.

4. Is it sometimes hard to believe that God controls nature and history? What does this belief imply? What might obscure it?

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A Psalm of Asaph. A Song. (Psalm 75)

Scripture Text:

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Psalm 75

Questions:

1. Which best describes you:

  • Stiff neck?
  • Long neck?
  • Sticking your neck out?
  • Rubber neck?
  • No neck?

2. What is the mood of this psalm? Triumphant? Desperate? Impatient? Other?

3. When will the proud and defiant get their due (verses 2 – 5)? Why not now? How bad does it have to get before God acts? What purpose of God could be served by waiting any longer?

4. Why does verse 6 leave out the “mountains” or “north”? Who was located to the north (see 2 Kings 19:32 – 36)? For what does the psalmist praise God (verse 9)?

5. What has held the world together for you in hard times? Give an example.

6. Does “because I said so” satisfy you? How do you deal with the mysteries of God’s relationship to life’s events?

7. For what do you praise God today? Wondrous deeds? Upright judgment? Firm hold on the world? Uplifting righteousness? Other?

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