(From the D6 Fusion Sunday School Lesson book)
God deserves our continuous praise for all He does for us.
Always be mindful of the blessings of God in my life.
Praise God daily for the many blessing He gives.
This deals with a lot of God’s attributes.
Introduction of David’s song
The Hebrew word is בָּרַךְ
The greater to the lesser: a boon, blessing, etc. It is to confer
something good on or to someone (source).
The lesser to the greater: kneel, praise, etc. It is to glorify and
to regard as sacred (source).
1:22 (MEV) Then
them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the
seas, and let the birds multiply on the earth.”
16:7 (MEV) I will bless
the Lord who has given me counsel; my affections also instruct me in
the night seasons.
Psalm 10:3 (MEV) For
the wicked boasts of his soul’s desire; he blesses
the greedy and despises the Lord.
that is within me
probably signifies the difference between mere outward worship and
inward worship. Mark 7:6 (MEV) He
answered, “Well has Isaiah prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is
written: ‘These people honor Me with their lips, but their hearts
are far from Me.
Psalm 103:3-5, Some benefits
What did the Psalmist know that many of his contemporaries did not?
Hebrews 10:4 CSB - For
it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.
Hebrews 10:10 CSB - By
this will, we have been sanctified through the offering of the body
of Jesus Christ once for all time.
Heals all. Is this physical or spiritual or both?
Redeems life from destruction.
What destruction is he referring to?
The word for redeems is גָּאַל
and refers to kinsman redeemer.
What does this remind you of? Compare: Ruth 4:13-14 and Isaiah
44:6 (MEV) Thus
says the Lord the King of Israel, and his Redeemer
the Lord of Hosts: I am the first, and I am the last; besides Me
there is no God.
Crowns us with lovingkindness and tender mercies.
It is understood that the crown is woven
with lovingkindness and compassion.
Matthew Henry comments:
and what greater dignity is a poor soul capable of than to be
advanced into the love and favour of God?
Satisfies our mouths which renews our youth
Is there anything that is more satisfying than God’s blessings?
What blessing has He given you?
1 Timothy 6:17 (MEV) Command
those who are rich in this world that they not be conceited, nor
trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who richly gives us
all things to enjoy.
Name one blessing from these verses that you have experienced.
What is the balance between God’s justice (judgment) and mercy?
Has God ever been angry at you? How did you respond?
Why is God’s mercy extended to those who fear Him?
Is this an illustration of God’s mercy?
mother once approached Napoleon seeking a pardon for her son. The
emperor replied that the young man had committed a certain offense
twice and justice demanded death. "But I don't ask for justice,
the mother explained. "I plead for mercy. "But your son
does not deserve mercy, Napoleon replied. "Sir, the woman cried,
"it would not be mercy if he deserved it, and mercy is all I ask
for. "Well, then, the emperor said, "I will have mercy. And
he spared the woman's son.
Or can God extend mercy because justice and God’s conditions were
Hebrews 9:26 (MEV) For
then He would have had to suffer repeatedly since the world was
created, but now He has appeared once at the end of the ages to put
away sin by sacrificing Himself.
Old Testament: Exodus 20:6 NKJV - but
showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My
All are required to love God and keep His law. If a person does love
God, they will want to keep the law.
No one can do this: Romans 3:20 NKJV - Therefore
by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for
by the law [is] the knowledge of sin.
2 Thessalonians 1:8 NKJV - in
flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on
those who do not obey
the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Peter 4:17 NKJV - For
the time [has come] for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if
[it begins] with us first, what will [be] the end of those who do
not obey the gospel of God?
Ephesians 2:8-10 NKJV - For
by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of
yourselves; [it is] the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should
boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good
works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
Let’s say that when I was 10 years old, I was throwing rocks. Not
paying attention, I hit my dad in the forehead. He has an injury that
requires suturing. Someone has to pay. After confessing and
acknowledging that I did it, I was stupid, and I was not paying
attention, he can do a number of things. He can say, “Ok, I know
you learned your lesson,” thus, showing mercy, but he pays the
doctor’s bills. He might say though, “I forgive you, but you must
do extra chores to pay for the doctor’s bills.” In the latter, I
pay. Regarding sin, either I pay (hell) or God pays:
1 Peter 1:18-19 CSB - For
you know that you were redeemed from your empty way of life inherited
from your fathers, not with perishable things like silver or gold,
but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of an unblemished
and spotless lamb.
Ephesians 2:8-9 CSB - For
you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from
yourselves; it is God's gift—not from works, so that no one can
What does this teach us about fathers?
How does God pity (show compassion to) us?
How long is life? If short or long, how should we prioritize? Isaiah
55:6 NKJV - Seek
the LORD while He may be found, Call upon Him while He is near.
Explain the difference between God’s rules in the Old Testament and
the New Testament.
Where is God’s throne?
What is the extent of God’s kingdom?
Why don’t we see God’s rule on earth today?
How do we continually praise God?
Is praising God only verbal or are there other ways?
How can we remind ourselves of God’s blessings?
There has been an increase in suicides. Life seems hopeless for many. I thought I would write an article on why we exist, and what is our purpose.
this insight from Ben Shapiro:
other words, people need meaning and purpose in life. Our focus on
materialism from both the political right and left — on income
inequality and intersectional victimhood from the left, and on tribal
affinity and economic deregulation from the right — ignores the key
problem: Americans, particularly young Americans, increasingly don’t
feel that their lives have purpose. This isn’t a problem that can
be cured by redistributing Xboxes. This is a problem of the soul.
writes about the skyrocketing levels of suicide in the USA:
to the Centers for Disease Control, youth suicide is in the midst of
a precipitous and frightening rise. Between 2006 and 2016, suicides
by white children between ages 10 and 17 skyrocketed 70%; while black
children are less likely than white children to kill themselves,
their suicide rate also jumped 77%. And as TheBlaze
points out, CNN reported last year that “the suicide rate among
girls between the ages of 15 and 19 rose to a 40-year high in 2015.”
not just young people. According to Tom Simon, a CDC report author,
“We know that overall in the US, we’re seeing increases in
suicide rates across all age groups.” As of 2016, suicide levels
were at 30-year highs.
Is Our Purpose in Life?
God wanted a beautiful earth.
He wanted to delegate something to maintain it.
God created Adam and Eve to be those maintainers.
God created them with a reasonable soul (ability to reason and learn)
and the communicable attributes of God in order to accomplish this.
Genesis 5:1 CSB - This
is the document containing the family records of Adam. On the day
that God created man, he made him in the likeness of God.
Psalm 8:6-8 CSB - You
made him ruler over the works of your hands; you put everything under
his feet: all the sheep and oxen, as well as the animals in the
wild, the birds of the sky, and the fish of the sea that pass
through the currents of the seas.
Genesis 1:26 CSB - Then
God said, "Let us make man in our image, according to our
likeness. They will rule the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky,
the livestock, the whole earth, and the creatures that crawl on the
Genesis 2:15 CSB - The
LORD God took the man and placed him in the garden of Eden to work it
and watch over it.
1 John 1:3 CSB - what
we have seen and heard we also declare to you, so that you may also
have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father
and with his Son Jesus Christ.
Fellowship is meeting together to talk and enjoy life together,
having a common cause and purpose.
The Greek word for fellowship here is κοινωνία koinōnia. It
means having beliefs in common, fellowship, participation. (Source)
1 Corinthians 1:9 CSB - God
is faithful; you were called by him into fellowship with his Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord.
Philippians 2:1 CSB - If
then there is any encouragement in Christ, if any consolation of
love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any affection and mercy.
To glorify God
By our thoughts, desires, words, and deeds reflecting the image of
God. He is holy, loving, just, etc., so also He wants us to be this.
Ephesians 4:22-24 CSB - to
take off your former way of life, the old self that is corrupted by
deceitful desires, to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to
put on the new self, the one created according to God's likeness in
righteousness and purity of the truth.
Some examples are found in Ephesians 4:25-32.
Romans 1:21 CSB - For
though they knew God, they did not glorify him as God or show
gratitude. Instead, their thinking became worthless, and their
senseless hearts were darkened.
This passage teaches that there is a common failure.
Do not glorify God.
Are not thankful.
Glorifying by praising in song: Romans 15:9 CSB - and
so that Gentiles may glorify God for his mercy. As it is written,
Therefore I will praise you among the Gentiles, and I will sing
praise to your name.
Telling God thank you glorifies Him: Psalm 50:23 CSB - "Whoever
sacrifices a thank offering honors me, and whoever orders his
conduct, I will show him the salvation of God."
Humbling ourselves glorifies God: Psalm 86:9 CSB - All
the nations you have made will come and bow down before you, Lord,
and will honor your name.
Obeying God’s rules glorifies Him, but disobedience is proof of NOT
glorifying Him: 2 Timothy 3:2 CSB -
For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, proud,
demeaning, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy.
Believing God glorifies Him:
Did NOT believe: Deuteronomy 9:23 CSB - "When
the LORD sent you from Kadesh-barnea, he said, 'Go up and possess the
land I have given you'; you rebelled against the command of the LORD
your God. You did not believe or obey him.
John 6:69 CSB - "We
have come to believe and know that you are the Holy One of God."
John 11:27 CSB - "Yes,
Lord," she told him, "I believe you are the Messiah, the
Son of God, who comes into the world."
Hebrews 11:6 CSB - Now
without faith it is impossible to please God, since the one who draws
near to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who
For good works
Matthew 5:16 CSB - "In
the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may
see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.
Ephesians 2:10 CSB - For
we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which
God prepared ahead of time for us to do.
spring from the principle of love to God. The moral character of an
act is determined by the moral principle that prompts it. Faith and
love in the heart are the essential elements of all true obedience.
Hence good works only spring from a believing heart, can only be
wrought by one reconciled to God (Ephesians 2:10; James 2:18:22).
works have the glory of God as their object; and
have the revealed will of God as their only rule (Deuteronomy
12:32; Revelation 22:18,19).
works are an expression of gratitude in the believer's heart (John
14:15,23; Galatians 5:6). They are the fruits of the Spirit (Titus
2:10-12), and thus spring from grace, which they illustrate and
strengthen in the heart.
works of the most sincere believers are all imperfect, yet like
their persons they are accepted through the mediation of Jesus
Christ (Colossians 3:17), and so are rewarded; they have no merit
intrinsically, but are rewarded wholly of grace.
Happened to Our Purpose?
Rebellion, Disobedience, and Selfishness
Rebellion and disobedience
Seen in all humans in some way at some time.
Breaking God’s laws
Obedience to God’s laws is required in thoughts, desires, words,
The Lord Jesus stated that not committing adultery in the flesh is
not good enough, one must also not commit adultery in our thoughts:
Matthew 5:27-28 NIV - You
have heard that it was said, 'You shall not commit adultery.' But I
tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already
committed adultery with her in his heart.
Lust starts with the heart, so does covetousness and every other sin.
1 John 2:16 NKJV - For
all that [is] in the world--the lust of the flesh, the lust of the
eyes, and the pride of life--is not of the Father but is of the
James 1:13-15 NKJV - Let
no one say when he is tempted, "I am tempted by God"; for
God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. But
each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and
enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and
sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.
The Lord Jesus is just the opposite: Hebrews 4:15 NKJV - For
we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our
weaknesses, but was in all [points] tempted as [we are, yet] without
Israel: 1 Samuel 12:14-15 NKJV - If
you fear the LORD and serve Him and obey His voice, and do not rebel
against the commandment of the LORD, then both you and the king who
reigns over you will continue following the LORD your God. "However,
if you do not obey the voice of the LORD, but rebel against the
commandment of the LORD, then the hand of the LORD will be against
you, as [it was] against your fathers.
Family: Matthew 10:21 NLT - A
brother will betray his brother to death, a father will betray his
own child, and children will rebel
against their parents and cause them to be killed.
Compare Micah 7:6.
1 Timothy 1:9 NIV - We
also know that the law is made not for the righteous but for
lawbreakers and rebels,
the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious, for those who
kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers.
Romans 3:23 NIV - for
all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
Romans 5:19 NKJV - For
as by one man's disobedience
many were made sinners, so also by one Man's obedience many will be
Seen in all people some place some time.
2 Timothy 3:2-5 CSB - For
people will be lovers
lovers of money, boastful, proud, demeaning, disobedient to parents,
ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, slanderers, without
self-control, brutal, without love for what is good, traitors,
reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,
holding to the form of godliness but denying its power. Avoid these
Philippians 2:21 CSB - all
their own interests,
not those of Jesus Christ.
Compare God’s way: Matthew 16:24 CSB - Then
Jesus said to his disciples, "If anyone wants to follow after
me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.
1 Corinthians 10:24 CSB - No
one is to seek his own good, but the good of the other person.
Because of sin
Romans 8:7 NIV - The
mind governed by the flesh is hostile
to God; it does not submit to God's law, nor can it do so.
Colossians 1:21 NLT - This
includes you who were once far away from God. You were his enemies,
from him by your evil thoughts and actions.
Ephesians 2:12 RSV - remember
that you were at that time separated
from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers
to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the
Ephesians 4:18 NIV - They
are darkened in their understanding and separated
from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to
the hardening of their hearts.
God wants reconciliation
Romans 5:10 NIV - For
if, while we were God's enemies, we were reconciled
to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been
shall we be saved through his life!
2 Corinthians 5:20 NIV - We
are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his
appeal through us. We implore you on Christ's behalf: Be reconciled
Everyone has sinned, broken God’s laws: Romans 3:23 NKJV - for
all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
God’s punishment for sin is death and suffering in hell forever.
Death: Romans 6:23 NKJV - For
the wages of sin [is] death, but the gift of God [is] eternal life in
Christ Jesus our Lord.
Forever: Revelation 20:12-15 KJV - And
I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were
opened: and another book was opened, which is [the book] of life: and
the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the
books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which
were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in
them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And
death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second
death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was
cast into the lake of fire.
The sinner must be punished: Isaiah 13:11 NKJV - I
will punish the world for [its] evil, And the wicked for their
iniquity; I will halt the arrogance of the proud, And will lay low
the haughtiness of the terrible.
The Lord Jesus died. He bore the punishment for sins: 1 Peter 2:24
NKJV - who
Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having
died to sins, might live for righteousness--by whose stripes you were
We need to repent and believe in Jesus Christ
Repent: Mark 1:15 NKJV - and saying, The
time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and
believe in the gospel.
Believe: John 6:47 (Pickering) Most
assuredly I say to you: the one believing into me has eternal life.
Now we live to do His will:
Hebrews 13:20-21 NIV - Now
may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant
brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the
sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he
work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be
glory for ever and ever. Amen.
Matthew 5:16 NIV - In
the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see
your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.