Year of the Bible – Psalm 127-133

Psalm 127-133
My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning. – Psalm 130:6

 

Psalm 127
God’s blessings make small things into great things, small amounts into large quantities, small efforts into huge accomplishments. If God does not bless our work, small things remain small and eventually disappear. From this psalm we can identify some of the many blessings that God showers down upon us in daily life – things for which He deserves our thanks. What are the ones described in this psalm?

 
Psalm 128
Unbelievers often try to make us feel that we will not experience happiness or prosperity if we remain faithful to God. We may not become instantaneously famous. We may not become ridiculously rich, but God does make His children famous and rich in different ways, ways that are reflected in this psalm. Can you list them?

 

Psalm 132
Prior to the time of King David, Jerusalem did not have a temple. The ancient tabernacle (a portable tent) was some 500 years old when David began to rule and it was not located in the city of Jerusalem. Why did David desire to have the Tabernacle in Jerusalem? The reasons are reflected in this psalm: a. Because God would dwell in it (7-8); b. Because God’s presence would guarantee the protection and prosperity of the Israelites (15, 18); c. Because these protected and prosperous people would one day have an eternal King to rule over them (God promised David that there would always be one of his descendants upon the throne of Israel – which came to be fulfilled in Jesus 11); d. Because through the Messiah, eternal life and salvation would come to God’s people (16).

 

Psalm 133 
What pleases God? It can be very painful when people share the same faith and Savior and yet become contentious and bitter towards each other. The servant of God is what he is, not because he is better than any other, but because God has chosen him, set him apart, and given him the Holy Spirit that he might serve as a faithful servant of God. This psalm uses the vivid image of Aaron (the High Priest and brother of Moses) being anointed with oil (Oil representing the Holy Spirit). Some had become jealous of Aaron and Moses and this angered God. God does not show favoritism, but he does choose some people to carry out His holy work of ministry. What pleases God, therefore, is the people of God living in peace and unity as they receive God’s gifts – without contention or jealousy.

 

Questions – Psalm 127-133 

  1. What do you want out of marriage?
  2. What are the qualities of a good spouse?
  3. What do you need to have before you get married?
  4. What is the end-goal of marriage?
  5. What serves to be the foundation of trust in a marriage?
  6. What do you want your children to experience between themselves, above all other things?
  7. What does God have to do with you giving your children an inheritance?
  8. Why do parents want their children to respect them?
 
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