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Discussion Questions: Psalm 80

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  • What was the situation that most likely prompted the writing of Psalm 80?
  • What is meant by point II of the sermon: “Bring your complaints to him”? What needs to be said as a clarification to this?
  • Though Psalm 80 may teach us how to pray in distressing times, its original message has to do with God’s plan of redemption and the fulfillment of his promises made to David. Discuss. 
  • How do the statements in verses 14-19 concerning “the son whom [God] made strong”, etc., help us to see that the Psalmist appealed to God for mercy on the basis of the covenant God made with David (2 Samuel 7)? 
  • How did God answer the prayer of Psalm 80? Discuss.
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Discussion Questions: Psalm 67

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  • How does the Calvinistic belief in the sovereignty of God over salvation (the doctrines of predestination, effectual calling, etc.) motivate evangelism?
  • If it is true that God will certainly save his elect, then why preach the gospel? Why pray? Why exhort men and women to persevere in the faith?
  • When Israel rejected Jesus as their Messiah, God decided to take the gospel to the Gentiles. What is wrong with this view?
  • What should our attitude be towards the “Great Commission” (Matthews 28:18-20) today? What actions should we take in response to it?
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Discussion Questions: Psalm 49

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  • What is a wisdom Psalm? How do wisdom Psalms bring glory to God?
  • How does contemplating the grave help the rich and the poor, the weak and strong, live according to wisdom? How might contemplating the grave help the oppressed to live courageously?
  • What is Sheol? How did Sheol change at the resurrection of Christ? 
  • How does contemplating Sheol help the rich and the poor, the weak and strong, live according to wisdom? How might contemplating Sheol help the oppressed to live courageously (even more so than the contemplation of the grave)?
  • Where is true hope and comfort for the righteous oppressed found in this passage? While the whole Psalm helps to put things in perspective, there is really only one verse that brings true comfort? Identify it and discuss why. 
  • Discuss Orthodox Catechism (Heidelburg) question 1. It can be found online or in the sermon manuscript at emmausrbc.org.
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Discussion Questions: Psalm 38

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  • What is a Psalm of lament? What is a penitential Psalm? Why are penitential Psalms also Psalms of lament (as a subcategory)? How are these types of Psalms helpful to the people of God?
  • The Lord disciplines those he loves. Discuss.
  • How could David be so bold to appeal to God for mercy and for salvation, being the guilty sinner that he was?
  • Psalm 38 is about Jesus. How so? Discuss. 
  • How does this Psalm apply to us today?

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Discussion Questions: Psalm 19

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  • God reveals himself in nature. This form of revelation is called natural revelation, or general revelation. Why do you think natural revelation is called “general”? I think of two main reasons. 
  • Can anyone be saved by considering general revelation alone? Why or why not? (see Romans 1:18ff.)
  • The sun, moon, and stars are preachers. What do they say?
  • Should the Christian read the “book of nature”? If so, why?
  • Why should the Christian value the “book of scripture” far more?
  • Having considered the book of scripture, what should our prayer be? (Hint: discuss verses 12-14).
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Discussion Questions: Psalm 16

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  • Why is it good for the soul to contemplate death?
  • David ran to the LORD for refuge (16:1). How does this relate to Psalm 2? 
  • David ran to the LORD for refuge in life and in death. Where in Psalm 16 is it clear that David trusted the LORD to preserve him in death?
  • David was concerned that his body and soul be preserved. Discuss this in relation to the work of Christ and the victory he won. 
  • Psalm 16 is about David, but it is even more so about Jesus Christ. Discuss.  
  • Is the LORD your refuge?
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Discussion Questions: Psalm 2

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  • Who is the Anointed One, or the Son, of Psalm 2?
  • How is Psalm 2 related to the covenant that God made with David found in 2 Samuel 7? Hows does Hebrews 1:5 help us to see the connection?
  • Psalm 2 is gospel. How so? Discuss.
  • If Psalm 2 is gospel, why is there so much bad news in verses 1-9?
  • How might we apply Psalm 2 to our lives today?
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Discussion Questions: Psalm 1

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  • Concerning the introductory material: How many Psalms are there? How many books are they divided into? Who wrote the Psalms? When were they written (generally)? Who may have organized the Psalms into their final shape? What are the themes of the five books? And finally, what function do Psalms 1 and 2 serve in the Psalter?
  • Psalm 1 is law. Discuss.
  • What distinguishes between the two ways? Really, what is the difference between the one who is on the way of life and the one who is on the way of death?
  • Who is the righteous and blessed man of Psalm 1?
  • How does Psalm 2 help us to rightly interpret Psalm 1?

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