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Psalms 145-146

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Two Praise Psalms

Psalms 145-146

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Lesson Number 103

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. God is great in His greatness, goodness, glory, and grace.
  2. God does not have human limitations.

Practical Application

  1. Don’t take away from God’s greatness.
  2. Remember, blindness and imprisonment can be more than physical.

Questions

  1. How many times does the term “a psalm of praise” occur in the book of Psalms?
  2. Give an outline of Psalm 145.
  3. What should be our response to the greatness of God?
  4. Psalm 146 begins what subsection of the book of Psalms?
  5. Give an example of blindness and imprisonment being more than physical.

Answers

  1. Only once! Here in the title of Psalm 145.
  2. The great Greatness of God – verses 1-6 The great Goodness of God – verses 7-10 The great Glory of God – verses 11-13 The great Grace of God – verses 14-21
  3. As believers, we should not only meditate upon God’s great greatness (verse 5), but we should tell it to others – to our children and the next generation (verse 4) and to everyone with whom we come in contact (verses 6-7).
  4. Psalms 146-150 are known as the Last Hallel. Hallel is the Hebrew word for praise; hallelujah means “Praise the Lord.” Each of these last 5 psalms begins and ends with “Praise the Lord.”
  5. People can be spiritually blinded to the truth by Satan. They can be imprisoned by certain additions and lifestyles. The Lord can deliver us from all kinds of blindness and imprisonments.

Discuss/Consider

  1. Discuss the great greatness, goodness, glory, and grace of God. Which is most significant to you in your spiritual life right now?
  2. Discuss which of your fellow human beings you put your confidence in each day. We must remember that while it is good to trust in one another, all of these people have human limitations. The Lord is the only one who is worthy of our complete trust. He will never let us down.

Challenge

  1. Does your prayer life center around requests instead of praise? Don’t take away from God’s greatness. Be like David and be sure that our prayers are heavy in praise to the Lord.

Key Verses

  • “Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised.” Psalm 145:3
  • “The LORD is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth.” Psalm 145:18
  • “While I live I will praise the LORD; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.” Psalm 146:2

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