Praise the Lord (Psalm 135)

Scripture Text:

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Psalm 135

Questions:

1. Have you ever inherited anything? What would you like to inherit some day?

2. What great person (dead or alive) do you admire? Why?

3. This psalm borrows verses from several other psalms. To whom is the call of worship addressed (verse 1, 2)?

4. What three reasons are given for praising the Lord (verses 3, 4)?

5. What title for God would you draw from verses 5 – 7? From verses 8 – 12?

6. Why does the psalmist praise God for the slaughter of Egyptians and Canaanites? How do you feel about praising God for such events?

7. What does it mean  to “vindicate his people” (verse 14; see also Deuteronomy 32:36)?

8. What is the difference between the Lord and idols (verses 15 – 17)? If idols are so impotent, why would anyone worship them?

9. How does the worshiper – of God or idol – become like the object of worship?

10.  What is significance of the four groups called to praise God in verses 19 and 20?

11. In your prayers, are you generally God’s servant or is God your servant? What does it mean for you to be a servant of the Lord?

12. What is pleasant about praising God? Does this mean you always have to feel like doing it?

13. Can worship be pleasant when you’re not in the mood for it? Why or why not?

14. Do you feel like one of God’s chosen ones? Why or why not?

15. How could you come to view yourself as a treasure in God’s eyes? Would a stronger assurance of God’s high esteem of you give you new attitudes and behavior?

16. How do ancient and modern-day idols differ? How are they alike?

17. In what do you place your trust? How have you become like that in which you trust?

18. How would you rewrite verses 15 – 18 to mock modern-day idols?

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