LESSON: “PONDERING GOD’S STEADFAST LOVE”

PONDERING GOD’S STEADFAST LOVE/IT’S A LOVE THING             

Study Date: 10 Feb 19       
 PSALM 48: 1-3, 9-14

KEY VERSE:   “For this God is our God for ever and ever: he will be our guide ever unto death.”

Psalm 48: 14

GUIDING PRINCIPLE:   What can we do in a world of constant change to stabilize our surroundings?  We can turn to our steadfast, everlasting, and loving God.

RESOURCES FOR THE SEED:   Matthew 16: 13-20; Ezekiel 39: 7-10; 1 Peter 2: 1-8; Psalm 93; Psalm 48: 4-8; 1 Corinthians 14: 26-33.

OBJECTIVES:  
  •  To analyze the value of worshipping God in the Temple.
  •  To think and think how the steadfast love of God is manifest in our lives.
  •  To celebrate God’s love through personal and corporate worship.
WORDS TO REMEMBER

Beautiful—good looking, fair, attractive, virtuous.

Earth—the land, one of God’s two major creations.

Forever—everlasting, long duration, antiquity, eternity.

God—the Almighty, the Creator of all things, Yahweh.

Greatly—very, muchness, abundance, most, exceedingly.

Rejoice—be glad, have joy, feelings and expressions of Joy.

BREAKING UP FALLOW GROUND

What special ability did God give to humans different from other animals?

What would you say is the time and circumstances for this Psalm?

How does Psalm 46 and 47 relate to Psalm 48?

What place would you say is greater than Jerusalem?

What can we do to submit ourselves to the rule of God?

How is the church related to Zion and Jerusalem?

What is the purpose of the city of God?

From whom does God deliver His children?

What is the primary things we ought to praise God for?

THE SEED        PONDERING GOD’S STEADFAST LOVE/IT’S A LOVE THING       

Psalm 48: 1-3, 9-14

  1. The City of God (Psalm 48: 1-3)
  2. We should see God as above all and more worthy of praise.
  3. The City of God is a special place to relate to God.
  4. Mount Zion is both beautiful and joyful.
  5. God is revealed in the places where we celebrate Him.
  6. The High Praise Begins (Psalm 48: 9-11)
  7. Believers should think of the loving kindness of God.
  8. Praise God no matter what else there is.
  9. God is better to us than we are to ourselves.
  10. Believers should be glad in the Lord.
  11. The God Beyond The Building (Psalm 48: 12-14)
  12. Not only in the house but outside we should praise Him.
  13. Even the high places should acknowledge God.
  14. God is available everywhere all the time.
  15. God guides us in life and through death.

The Lord’s steadfast love is memorialized in the Temple buildings.

PLANTING THE SEED

What does the place of God look like and how should we respond to it?

What is the name given to the place of God?

What act does God show to us about Himself?

What is a proper reaction to what God does for us?

What might be the symbolism of “the right hand “?

How is the response of mount Zion and the daughters of Judah alike?

What activity should take place outside of Zion?

How will the place when God dwells be identified?

Do we have obligations to the Temple of God and coming generations?

What can we expect of God in this life and after?

NURTURING THE SEED

To whom do we devote our best and most?

What are some locations where praise is due to God?

What characteristic of God indicates where He dwells?

How much of the world should God’s joy be extended through?

What does the presence of God remind us regarding His power?

How can you catch a glimpse of god’s holiness, joy, and power?

 FRUIT FROM THE SEED

Always see God as great and worthy of praise.

With His steadfast love, God delivers us from our difficulties.

Mt. Zion and the local church are set aside as places to praise God.

Places of worship are signs for the city that God is real.

The Name of God is for all to turn to.

We should sing about the place where God meets His children.

God promises to meet His children in the house of prayer.

God holy place is the home for all spiritual believers.

God is memorialized in the buildings of worship.

We can find safety and protection in God.

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