NOTE: Following is a copy of the discussion guide that will be used in MoSt Church’s LIFE groups tomorrow (Sun., Feb. 12). This guide will enable your follow-up of my sermon that morning from Psalm 29. This sermon is a part of the series entitled The Christ in the Psalms and the Psalms in the Christ. You’ll find these LIFE group discussion guides categorized each week here on my site under the category title LIFE group guides.
Our Lord rules. Over everything, everyone, and everywhere. And he always has and he always will!
You, divine beings! Give to the LORD—give to the LORD glory and power! Give to the LORD the glory due his name! Bow down to the LORD in holy splendor!
The LORD’s voice is over the waters; the glorious God thunders; the LORD is over the mighty waters. The LORD’s voice is strong; the LORD’s voice is majestic.
The LORD’s voice breaks cedar trees—yes, the LORD shatters the cedars of Lebanon. He makes Lebanon jump around like a young bull, makes Sirion jump around like a young wild ox. The LORD’s voice unleashes fiery flames; the LORD’s voice shakes the wilderness—yes, the LORD shakes the wilderness of Kadesh. The LORD’s voice convulses the oaks, strips the forests bare,
but in his temple everyone shouts, “Glory!” The LORD sits enthroned over the floodwaters; the LORD sits enthroned—king forever!
Let the LORD give strength to his people! Let the LORD bless his people with peace! (Psalm 29 CEB)
Icebreaker questions are meant to help us all start talking. Choose one of the following to discuss as a group.
1. Are you scared of lightning and thunderstorms or do such tend to enthrall you?
2. Tell us of a time you were in the midst of nature, observing creation, and felt great awe of God?
These questions are intended to help us grapple with Scripture related to this morning’s sermon.
1. To whom is this psalm addressed (vs. 1)? Note the phrase “divine beings” (vs. 1). It’s a translation of the Hebrew word elim (literally, “sons of gods”). See this word’s use in Ps. 82.1,6; 89.7.
2. This psalm’s imagery is of a strong storm tracking south across Lebanon (the ‘Galilee’ of Jesus’ time) or perhaps (depending on which “Kadesh” is in view; vs. 10) even all of Palestine (Israel). How could this storm’s path affect this psalm’s meaning?
3. What do you recall elsewhere in Scripture of “the cedars of Lebanon” (vs. 5b).
4. How many times is God’s name (Yhwh; “LORD”) used in these eleven verses? How many times does the phrase “the Lord’s voice” appear? What part does this frequent repetition play?
These questions facilitate our sharing what we sense God’s Spirit is doing with us through his word.
1. If you were to compose a psalm extolling God’s power and glory, what imagery would you use?
2. This psalm’s poetry is extremely similar to ancient Canaanite hymns to their (false) god Baal. This psalm is likely an Israelite adaptation of such a hymn. Can you name any songs (music or words) we sing in worship today that didn’t have the living God in mind when first penned?
3. What things, people, or events tend to diminish or block out your vision of the Lord as greatest?
4. Compare the following with Ps. 29: “The Son is the image of the invisible God, the one who is first over all creation, because all things were created by him: both in the heavens and on the earth … Whether they are thrones or powers, or rulers or authorities, all things were created through him and for him. He existed before all things, and all things are held together in him.” (Col. 1.15-17)
5. Complete this sentence with Ps. 29 in mind: “When I hear the Lord’s voice, I should ______.”
6. How do we “give to the LORD the glory due his name?”