- Verses 8-22, 34-36. What should be the response of God’s people in return for all His goodness? Make a list of all the things the psalm calls upon them to do.
Note for what purpose Heman and Jeduthun were ‘chosen and designated by name’ (verses 41, 42).
- Verses 23-33. Here the psalmist looks beyond Israel, and summons all nations to worship the Lord. What reasons does he give why they ought to do so?
Can you use this hymn of praise as a thankful acknowledgment of all that the Lord means to you?
- What reason does David assign for the failure of the first attempt to bring the ark to Jerusalem? Comparing chapter 15 with chapter 13, what was there common to both processions, and what peculiar to the second?
What is the obvious lesson for us to learn?
- ‘Joyful songs’ (15:16; see also verses 25, 28, 29).
What made David rejoice so greatly?
What did the ark stand for in his eyes?
What kind of activity should cause us similar joy?
- The story in chapter 13 will repay reflection.
Was Uzzah alone guilty, or was the spirit of deep reverence lacking also in king and people?
Was it too much like a heathen idol procession?
What lesson would the judgment on Uzzah impress upon the people?
Cf. Heb. 12:28, 29.
- The Philistines were not willing to submit to the ascendancy of David, and three times made an all-out effort to regain the upper hand.
What may we learn from the way David met the challenge?
Note. 13:6. The power and majesty of God are emphasized, as also His presence. Note also the words ‘before God’ twice repeated in verses 8 and 10.
- Observe the unity prevailing at this time among the followers of David –though drawn from so many different tribes-and also the diversity of gifts that were found among them.
Make a list of these gifts and compare them with the gifts of the Spirit as set froth in 1 Cor. 12:4-11. What was the secret of the unity that prevailed?
- What qualities of character do you find commended in this chapter?
Are they characteristic of the Christian church today?
Are they true of you?
Note. Verse18. ‘Amasai’: probably the same as Amasa of 2:17; 2 Sam. 17:25; 20:10.
- Chapter 10 is a sad story of failure.
To what is Saul’s failure ascribed?
Are our own lives free from the sins which brought about Saul’s downfall?
Cf. Is.8:19, 20.
- What instances are given in chapter 11 of the valour and loyalty of the men who followed David? What may we learn from the story concerning the nature of true fellowship, love and Christian service?
Cf. Acts 20:22-24.
These chapters, which at first sight appear to be a mere wilderness of names, are see on closer inspection to contain an orderly arrangement, like a garden divided into separate beds. The writer begins with the line of descent from Adam to Noah, and then gives the descendants of each of Noah’s three sons (1:1-27).Arriving thu8s at Abraham, he lists the sons of Ishmael, and of Keturah, and Isaac’s tow sons, Israel and Esau, with a list of the descendants of Esau (1:28-54). With chapter 2 begins the list of Israel’s sons, with their descendants. Judah comes first and is given the largest space (2:3 – 4:23), then Simeon(4;24-43), Reuben, Gad and the half tribe of Manasseh (chapter 5), Levi (chapter 6), Issachar (7:1-5), Benjamin (7:6-12), Naphtali (7:13), Manasseh (7:14-19), Ephraim (7:20-29) and Asher (7:30-40). It will be noticed that two tribes are omitted. In chapter 8 the descendants of Benjamin are given more fully, leading up to the family of Saul and his descendants; chapter 9 gives a list of innabitants of Jerusalem, and repeats the genealogy of Saul as an introduction to the story of his death in chapter 10. Amidst these lists of names are a number of passages that may be spiritually applied with profit to ourselves.
- Red 4:9, 10 and 5:18-22.What do you learn for your own life from the examples of: (a) Jabez, and (b) Reuben, Gad and the half tribe of Manasseh about success and victory? Cf. Ps. 81:10; Col. 4:2; 1 John 5:4.
- Build for yourself a mental picture of the lives and service of the Levites, as described in chsapter 6. Are there lessons to be learned from this passage about the nature of true worship?
- Paul at Rome (verses 17-22). What was Paul’s chief concern on reaching Rome?
It would seem he was anxious that no discredit should be laid against the Christian faith by your life?
- Verses 23-28. What was Paul’s message to the Jews at Rome?
What reasons does he give for the persistence of so many in unbelief?
What reaction did he expect the Gentiles would show?
Is this still the same today?
- List the main facts with which Luke summarizes Paul’s ministry as a prisoner at Rome (verses 30, 31).
Consider the influence Paul had during those years through people coming to him, and through letters he wrote to the churches he had visited.