Zoom Bible Study for October 27th @ 7:00 p.m., CDT
(Zoom sign-on instructions are available at "Bible Study Sign On Instructions" under the "Let's Worship" menu..
Notes are from the Boyd Adult Christian Life Sunday School Book, Oct - Dec 2021.)
Unit I: “Called to Praise God”
Lesson: “I Just Want to Celebrate”
Lesson Scripture: Psalm 149:1-5; 150:1-6
Background Scripture: Psalm 147-150
“Let everything that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.” (Psalm 150:6, KJV)
Music calms our soul and rejuvenates our spirit. The Bible directs us to sing praises anywhere and everywhere, and at every time, without exception. We sing praises to God because the Lord has done great things, and daily, God fills us with joy. At the same time, joy, shouting, music, and celebration do not by themselves constitute worship. Otherwise, some college frat parties would qualify!
Worship declares from the deepest parts of the soul how exhaustive He is and how great His works are, which in short, means communicating the truth about Him. We sing in tandem with the psalms the words of the hymn, "How Great Thou Art." These last two psalms truly capture how we should respond to all we have learned about God. The right and only response is "Hallelujah" or "praise the Lord"! As we wrap up our psalms' study, we will see how and why we should worship and praise God.
This new song that is sung in Psalm 149, undoubtedly, is speaking of those who have experienced the goodness of God. Psalm 150 is filled and overflowing with praise. This phrase, "praise the Lord", is directed to everything that has breath, as we will see as we go on. This praise is similar to the sweet-smelling incense that was burned in the tabernacle and its aroma that rose to heaven. This is very pleasing to God. All are commanded to praise God, because God makes the sun to shine on all and gives rain to the righteous and evil alike. Praise is what we owe.
SUGGESTED DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
1. How has Mt Rose and Mt Seriah’s worship services changed over the last 25 years, particularly with respect to dancing and musical instruments being brought into the church? Are these changes (or lack thereof) reasons for concern about the future of the churches?
2. Do our gatherings err on one of these two sides: the “entertainment-fest” or the “somber, subdued service with no real sentiment for victory?” If needed, how and when do we balance these two sides of worship? How can we keep from falling into a rut when it comes to corporate worship?
3. Why is worship more than just what we get out of it? Why is it a “corporate offensive for the Kingdom of God” (see Psalm 150, Verses 6-9)? Read Romans 12:1 and talk about your own theology of worship.
4. If you could go anywhere, where would you choose to sing God’s praises into a wide-open sky?