A Song About Happiness, Pt. 2
The big idea of this week's sermon from Psalms 1 & 2 is that these first two Psalms present two different ways of speaking about the blessed, happy person. Psalm 1 introduces the contrast between the righteous person who lives in accordance with God's pattern for humanity, and the wicked who reject God's instruction. Psalm 2 presents the blessed person as the one who takes refuge in God's King by submitting themselves to his rule, while the wicked are those who plot in vain against God's unshakable purposes. These introductory Psalms, which are central to understanding the entire Psalter, are also crucial for understanding Jesus as God's true anointed King, the Son of God.
1) What are some of the ways you see the nations raging against God's anointed King today? D
2) What does it mean that your theology of happiness will drive everything that you do? Do you think this is true?
3) How does the connection between Psalm 1 and Genesis 1-3 help you better understand the meaning of both passages? In what ways is God's instruction life-giving like the tree of life?
4) How does understanding the structure of Psalms 1 & 2 help you to study them for yourself?
5) What is the significance of Psalm 2 as applied to Jesus in the New Testament?
6) Taking what you've learned from this message, how might you incorporate Psalms 1 & 2 into the liturgy of your life?