Sunday, November 12, 2023

Psalm 146

The Bible often uses the metaphor of blindness to describe the state of not understanding or not being aware of spiritual truths. Throughout history, people have often been spiritually blind, unable to perceive the deeper realities of God’s kingdom at work. In our world, it’s easy to trust in what we see and understand through our own eyes and mind. Yet, the Scriptures challenge us to see beyond the physical and to trust in the Lord, who reigns above all.

Starting Out:
  1. What single aspect of God’s character is most apparent in your life right now?
Read Psalm 146:1-4:
  1. What stands out to you about the psalmist’s commitment to praise God?
  2. What specifically might keep us from that kind of praise?
  3. Verses 3-4 caution us about putting our trust in princes and mortal men. Why do you think the psalmist specifically mentions “princes”?
Read Psalm 146:5-10:
  1. Some of God’s attributes are described here—such as faithfulness, justice, and provision. Which of these attributes do you find most comforting, and why?
  2. Why do you think the psalmist lifted up these specific actions of God to highlight His character?
  3. The psalmist paints a picture of God’s character and actions in verses 7-9. How do these descriptions contrast with the human leaders described in verses 3-4?
  4. What are some of the ways Jesus exemplified the heart of God as described in this passage?
Taking it Home:
  1. In what practical ways can we shift our trust away from human systems and towards God in our daily lives?
  2. As a group, how can we embody the themes of Psalm 146 in our community? Are there specific actions we can take to partner with God as He cares for the “oppressed,” the “hungry,” or the “prisoner” mentioned in this psalm?
Additional Scriptures to Engage with this week:
  • 2 Corinthians 4:1-12
  • Revelation 3:14-22
  • Isaiah 56
  • Matthew 15:1-20
  • Jeremiah 5:20-31
  • Romans 11