A Song. A Psalm Of the Sons of Korah. (Psalm 48)

Scripture Text:

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Psalm 48

Questions:

1. What part of the city best symbolizes your life?

  • downtown
  • central park
  • skid row
  • the outskirts
  • the mall

2. Mount Zion (Jerusalem) is idealized in verse 2. What verses are “down to earth”? How must the people be feeling?

3. How was the city delivered (see 2 Kings 18:17 – 36; 2 Kings 19:35 – 37)? Was it “secure forever” (verse 8)?

4. How did the Jews recall God’s deeds to the “next generation”? What methods has the Church used to hand on the story of Jesus?

5. What wider conflict or “war of kings” does the sweeping language of this psalm anticipate? How might the Church sing this psalm of the Gospel and the final rout by its Great King?

6. How have you seen God guide you through a crisis which threatened your city?

7. A lot of money is spent on church buildings. How can you avoid being enamored with the “citadels’ of power and the “ramparts” of a building fund drive, and keep God’s work in focus?

8. Who was significant in passing God’s love on to you? How can you pass God’s love on?

Of the Sons of Korah. A Psalm. (Psalm 47)

Scripture Text:

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Psalm 47

Questions:

1. Have you ever seen a famous person in the flesh? Did he or she seem different that you imagined?

2. How often do you clap you hands or shout for joy in church? Always? Sometimes? Never?

3. “Nations” and “all the earth” are repeated 7 times here. What the psalmist saying about them?

4. What might verse 5 refer to (see 2 Samuel 6:12 – 15)?

5. What Jewish hope is expressed in verse 9 (see Genesis 12:3)?

6. In what way is God King of all the earth when so many people disobey and ignore Him?

7. Judaism does not teach that all should become Jews. Do you think God wants everyone to become a Christian? Even Jews? What is your vision of the messianic assembly (verse 9)?

8. Do you enjoy loud singing, clapping and praises? How often do your church services give you a sense of awe?

Of the Sons of Korah. A Maskil. A Wedding Song. (Psalm 45)

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Psalm 45

Questions:

1. Who was one of your favorite comic book or TV super-heroes? Why?

2. What was the most extravagant wedding you ever attended or witnessed?

3. This is a royal wedding song which celebrates the groom (verses 1 – 9), the bride (verses 10 – 15) and their future (verses 16, 17). For what is the groom praised?

4. What are the most appealing qualities of the bride? Do these two sound like a good match?

5. The king is called “God” in verses 6 and 7. Who else is likened to God (see Exodus 7:1; Zechariah 12:8; Isaiah 9:6)? What is being said?

6. What does the “daughter of Tyre” represent (verse 12)? What future did the Jews hope for the Gentiles (see Isaiah 60:3)?

7. How does the New Testament make sense out of verses 6 and 7 (see Hebrews 1:8, 9)? What is being said about Jesus and the Church (see Ephesians 5:25 – 27)?

8. Taking verses 2 – 7 as applying to Jesus, which royal qualities about Him mean the most to you now? Why?

9. What place does “truth, humility and righteousness” have in your life? Where do white lies, false humility and self-justification still hold sway?

10. Do you believe King Jesus is “enthralled by your beauty”? Why or why not?

11. How does someone truly loving you help you “forget” all other relationships? What are some of the things in your past that you must “forget” in order to truly honor Jesus as Lord?