(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?