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Psalm 147

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The God of Nature and The God of Israel

Psalm 147

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Lesson Number 104

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. The Lord should be praised as the God of nature.
  2. The Lord should be praised as the God of nations.

Practical Application

  1. Put the spiritual higher than the physical on your priority list.
  2. Praise the Lord with music!
  3. Remember, God is not finished with the big “I”.

Questions

  1. What is the double theme of Psalm 147?
  2. Why is it significant that young ravens are mentioned in verse 9?
  3. What makes the nation of Israel special in verses 19-20?
  4. What was probably the historical occasion for Psalm 147?
  5. What are the prophetic implications in Psalm 147?

Answers

  1. Praise for the Lord as the God of Nature and Praise for the Lord as the God of Israel.
  2. Young ravens have to fend for themselves. The parent ravens are very selfish and don’t share their food with their young. That is why the miracle of the ravens feeing Elijah was so amazing.
  3. Israel, unique from other nations, was given God’s statutes and ordinances – that is, the Law through Moses.
  4. The historical context of this psalm appears to be when Israel came back from the Babylonian captivity and rebuilt Jerusalem, including the walls and gates under Nehemiah.
  5. Verse 3 looks beyond Israel’s restoration from their Babylonian captivity to the restoration of Israel at the time of the Lord’s return. Also, there has not been peace within Israel’s borders since this psalm was written, but there will be when the Lord returns (verses 13-14).

Discuss/Consider

  1. What season are you experiencing right now? What do you love best about this season? How can you see the Lord’s glory reflected in His creation right now?

Challenge

  1. Praise the Lord with music! Take some time this week to sing praises to the Lord – during your quiet time, in the car, or while you’re cooking dinner. Sing praise to the Lord!

Key Verses

  • “Praise the LORD! For it is good to sing praises to our God; for it is pleasant, and praise is beautiful.” Psalm 147:1 “He counts the number of the stars; He calls them all by name.” Psalm 147:4

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