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Lesson 7: Worship in the Psalms *
Introduction: Have you noticed that our recent worship studies are
focused on our personal reasons for worshiping God? We worship Him
because of what He has done for us! These personal reasons for
worship bring tears of joy and gratitude to my eyes. But, are these
personal reasons for worship "selfish?" After all, Satan told God
that Job's worship was for selfish reasons. ( Job 1:9-10.) What if
you believe that God has let you down? What if life has not gone
right, even though you think that you have been faithful? Let's
plunge into our study of the Bible to explore worship beyond our
- The Wicked and Worship
- Read Psalms 73:1-3. Why has this follower of God nearly
lost his faith? (Envy of the wicked.)
- Read Psalms 73:4-6. Do you know people like this? They
live well, they are proud about their achievements, and
they don't let anyone get in their way!
- Read Psalms 73:9-11. What is the relationship of these
proud people to God? (They make spiritual claims of some
sort. They are popular and successful. People "drink"
what they have to sell. In America we would say "the
people are drinking their kool aid.")
- What do the drinkers say about God? (If the proud
and successful people claim a spiritual path, why
think that God has any better wisdom or knowledge?)
- Do you find this is true today? (The spiritualism of
"Hollywood" is that every view of life (except
serious Christianity) is of equal worth.)
- Read Psalms 73:13-14. Have you been following God and
thought it was doing you no good? In fact, it was making
your life worse? Are you being "punished every morning"
for following God?
- How would this kind of feeling interfere with worship?
(You would not feel gratitude towards God.)
- Thinking it Through
- Read Psalms 73:15. What keeps our doubting friend from
expressing these thoughts in public? (He is worried that
he will lead others away from God.)
- Is he right to keep silent about his doubts?
- Read Psalms 73:16-17. Did the answer come easily? (No. He
was "oppressed" by the problem. Apparently, he struggled
- We've recently studied the sanctuary. How does it
help us to solve the problem? (Recall the sanctuary
is God's picture of the plan of salvation. The lamb
dies for the sin of the human. Jesus, the Lamb of
God, died to give us the possibility of eternal
- Let's continue this line of thought in Psalms 49:10-11.
What is the common fate of the wise and the foolish?
- Read Psalms 49:16-20. Is this the answer? When we are
feeling jealous about the wicked who live so well, should
we say, "You are going to die like a dog and have nothing
- What kind of an attitude is that?
- Read Psalms 49:14-15. A common expression is "I'll sleep
when I'm dead." Is this "I'll rule when I'm dead?"
- How would you express this in the most positive way
possible? (This life is all that is given to the
wicked. The righteous are redeemed by God into life
- Read Psalms 73:21-22. What kind of Christians are we if
we doubt God and fail to study His word to understand His
will? (Brute beasts: senseless and ignorant.)
- Read Psalms 73:23-24. What does God offer us other than
eternal life? (This text is on my office wall. If we
study to learn God's will, He will guide us with His
counsel here on earth, and afterwards "take [us] into
- Read Psalms 73:25-26. How else should we justify the
prosperity of the wicked? (The pleasures of earth are
limited. The true desire of our hearts should be God. He
is our strength and our wealth.)
- The Declaration
- Let's shift gears a bit. So far we have learned that the
follower of God may find that the wicked accumulate more
wealth and more glory on earth, but the Christian gets
the counsel and companionship of God now, and eternal
life later. How can we know that these things are true?
Read Psalms 19:1. What do you think the heavens declare
- Imagine that the most amazing space ship arrives in
your town. It has no seams, no obvious fasteners.
Formed of some material we have never seen, part of
it is as transparent as glass. It moves with great
power, but without noise. What would you say about
the people who created it? (They are much more
technologically sophisticated than we are.)
- Our text says that the skies are the "work" of God's
hands. What should we conclude from that? (That God
- To get a better idea about what we are talking
about, you should go to YouTube on the Internet and
look for videos by Louie Giglio which describe the
size and wonder of the heavens.
- A light year, the distance light travels in a year,
is six trillion miles or 10 trillion kilometers.
Louie Giglio talks about the Whirlpool Galaxy which
is 31 million light years away from us. It contains
300 billion stars. So, think about this: God made
something that is 31 million light years away and
contains 300 billion stars. If you were going to
worship a god, would it be one made with your hands?
Or, would you worship One who made the Whirlpool
- Speaking of our hands, if I asked you to create
a galaxy 31 million light years away, how would
- Read Psalms 19:2-4. We discussed what we would conclude
about the people who built our imaginary space ship. What
are people hearing from the universe today?
- Have you noticed that the greater the number of
people who live in an area, the less clearly the
- Our text says that the heavens "display knowledge."
In what way is that true? (They show not just
intellect and order, they show power and resources
beyond our comprehension.)
- Who is unable to hear these messages about God? (No
one. They are heard in every language and every part
of the world.)
- Do you think that is the reason why God created
- Read Psalms 19:5-6. How is the sun like a bridegroom? (In
a marriage, we focus on the groom and the bride. The
bride places her hopes on the success of the groom. Our
earth is dependent upon the continuing heat and light of
- The Connection Between the Heavens and the Law
- Read Psalms 19:7-8. Why would David change subjects from
the heavens to the law? Or, is David staying on the same
subject? (He is changing from astronomy to theology, from
the stars to the Ten Commandments. But, they both operate
by set laws.)
- Let's connect this with our prior discussion. What is the
problem faced by the wicked? (They are not following
God's law. They miss His counsel and companionship on
earth, and life on earth is all they "enjoy.")
- How can we know that what we believe about God and
His law is true? (If God is competent to create the
rules governing the heavens, we can have confidence
in His rules governing our lives.)
- Notice what David says about the law - that it is
perfect. Are the laws controlling the heavens
perfect? (This is an amazing thing. Evolutionists
understand that the heavens follow laws which can be
mathematically expressed. We can predict where the
planets and stars will be in the future, and
determine where they were centuries ago. As a
result, those who advocate chance and natural
selection for the creation of the universe and
everything in it, also understand that the universe
is governed by reliable laws. It makes no sense.)
- Friend, David says that the law makes the "simple" into
"wise" people. Would you like to be wise? If you are
already highly intelligent, imagine what God's law will
do for you! God admits that some people who reject Him do
well. But, if we are wise enough to see the big picture,
we will see that the wicked are a sad group. They are
without God's counsel and companionship both now and
eternally. Friend, will you choose today to be among
those who seek to walk with God?
- Next week: Conformity, Compromise and Crisis in Worship.
* Copr. 2011, Bruce N. Cameron, J.D. All scripture references are to the New International Version (NIV), copr. 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society, unless otherwise noted. Quotations from the NIV are used by permission of Zondervan Bible Publishers. Suggested answers are found within parentheses. The lesson assumes the teacher uses a blackboard or some other visual aid.