Christ in the Psalms: a king & priest forever

 

NOTE: Following is a copy of the discussion guide that will be used in MoSt Church’s LIFE groups tomorrow (Sun., Jan. 22). This guide will enable your follow-up of my sermon that morning from Psalm 110. This is the second sermon in a 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.

Aim

To lift up and declare Jesus Christ as our victorious king and righteous priest.

Word

What the LORD says to my master:
“Sit right beside me
until I make your enemies
a footstool for your feet!”
2 May the LORD make
your mighty scepter
reach far from Zion!
Rule over your enemies!
3 Your people stand ready
on your day of battle.
“In holy grandeur,
from the dawn’s womb, fight!
Your youthful strength
is like the dew itself.”

4 The LORD has sworn a solemn pledge
and won’t change his mind:
“You are a priest forever
in line with Melchizedek.”
5 My master, by your strong hand,
God has crushed kings
on his day of wrath.
6 God brings the nations to justice,
piling the dead bodies,
crushing heads throughout the earth.
7 God drinks from a stream along the way,
then holds his head up high. (Psalm 110 CEB)

Open

Icebreaker questions are meant to get us all talking. Choose one of the following to discuss as a group.

1. Tell us of some great, meaningful promise made to you by another that was kept.

2. What is something you feel certain you’ll never change your mind about?

Dig

These questions are intended to help us grapple with Scripture related to the morning’s sermon.

1. What do you recall of Melchizedek (vs. 4)? How is his mention here meaningful?

2. Forget the rest of Scripture and focus only on this psalm. What is this psalm’s point?

3. Psalm 110 is frequently quoted or alluded to in the NT in connection with Christ. Cite an instance.

Reflect

These questions facilitate our sharing what we sense God’s Spirit is doing with us through his word.

1. To which would you say you are most sensitive, Christ’s majesty or his mercy? Why?

2. God gives strength and we must use it. When are you most aware of God’s strength?

3. This psalm stresses God’s great and enabling power. What has he enabled you to do?

4. What enemies of yours do you see God having conquered through Jesus Christ?

5. What specific promises of God or Christ do you often find yourself clinging to?

6. After reading and reflecting on this psalm, what are you moved to pray about?