The Wonder of You” The Wonder of You” – Psalm 145 Psalm 145

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					                                                                                  2. David confidently declares that other generations after his will have the
                                                                                  same need and desire to express their awe and wonder at God’s majesty and
        HOMEGROUP NOTES: w/c 14th September 2009                                  greatness. What are some of the active expressions of praise that this will
                                                                                  result in? (vv. 3-7) How might these expressions be key in winning the next
                                                                                  generation (including our own children) for Jesus? …………………………..
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Introduction: Written between roughly 1000-500 B.C the Psalms are the             3. In the following vv. 8-20 David continues to extol the nature of God,
most amazing “song lyrics” you’re ever likely to hear! Half are associated with   concentrating on three specific characteristics: His compassion (vv. 8-9);
David and, from his time onwards, (and possibly before) when the people of        His faithfulness (vv. 13b-16); and His righteousness (vv. 17-20). If it is true that
God gathered for worship, they sang psalms. Some, like Psalm 145, celebrate       we become increasingly like what or whom we worship, what practical
the Lord’s majesty, rule and character in praise and they allow us to add our     outworkings will this have in our own lives?...……………………………...
worship to them. Others belong to the rawness of life – those moments when        …………………………………………………………………………………
things fall apart – and they express with a powerful honesty what we might        …………………………………………………………………………………
feel. Many Psalms also testify to God’s grace in putting us back on track.        …………………………………………………………………………………
Christians over the centuries have learned to pray by singing and praying the
Psalms and, of course, we have our greatest example in this regard in Jesus                                 TAKING THINGS FURTHER
Himself. Can you think of some instances where Jesus either quotes from or        4. Psalm 145 is an acrostic (alphabetic) poem in that it contains 22 couplets
prays from the Psalms? ………………………………………………………..                                    beginning with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet. It covers nearly
…………………………………………………………………………………                                                   every aspect of verbal praise (exalt, extol, praise, commend, tell or declare,
                                                                                  speak, meditate, celebrate, sing) thus justifying the use of “Tehillah” (Hebrew
As a group: Take a few minutes for those in the group who feel able and           for “praise hymn” or “high praise”) as its title. Can you think of different
would like to share a brief testimony about a Psalm that has particular           situations where you’ve made or could make use of these different aspects of
significance for them. How much do we use the Psalms to pour out the needs        praise? How creative are we in our praise of God and to God? Ps. 66:2
of our hearts before God or to pour out our love and adoration to Him?
                                                                                  5. When we find someone awesome or wonderful then that person has our
READ Psalm 145 together – if possible read it through in your group’s
                                                                                  full attention. Ps. 145:15a says: “The eyes of all look to You.” How can we
regular translation (e.g. NIV, NLT, NKJV or similar) and also The Message
                                                                                  see this exemplified in the life and ministry of Jesus? See: Luke 9:16; John
paraphrase and enjoy the fresh insights this may give you.
                                                                                  11:41 & John 17:1. What implications does this have for our worship of God
1. David shows great determination to praise and exalt His God (vv. 1-2 & 21)     and our dependence upon Him?
Ps. 8:3-9 & 30:1-3 give us some reasons for the strength of his feeling. What
are some of the things that make you personally marvel at and praise God?                                                                 % ) *
How strong is your determination to praise Him? ………………………………

				
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