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2)GG Questions 03/31/2019
Getting Real: Ascribing! Psalm 29
1. Ascribe: How does what we believe about someone affect how we interact with them? The opening lines of Psalm 29 have been translated many ways. “Ascribe to the Lord… Honor… Give unto… Praise… “ How do you understand this call to ‘ascribe’ glory to the Lord? What does it look like for you to do this on a daily basis?
2. Storm: Some parts of the Bible are meant to be read outside. Psalm 121, “I lift my eyes unto the hills, where does my help come from? ” is best read staring up at the San Pedro Mountains (or some grander peaks). Our psalm for this week, Psalm 29, is best read in a thunderstorm! Can you remember the feeling of being in the biggest storm you’ve ever experienced? What aspects of that experience are we meant to translate into our perception of God?
3. Enthroned: Ed Welch, renowned Christian psychologist, in his book When People are Big and God is Small, has said, ‘reading the last four chapters of Job every day for a month is a treatment for almost any emotional or spiritual ailment’. These chapters of Job read much like Psalm 29. Give it a go – read Job 38-39 (preferably outloud and at one sitting) and evaluate Welch’s counsel that the bigger your God is, the smaller your problems appear.
4. Voice: The words “the voice of the Lord” is repeated a (perfect number) seven times in this psalm. It is the active agent, powerful and accomplishing God’s will. Where else does scripture emphasize the central role of this ‘voice’ of God, or his ‘words’ (Gen. 1:3, 6; Isa. 55:11; Jer. 23:29)? What does this teach us about the authority of God, the way He interacts in this world, and the nature of His Son (John 1:1-4; Heb. 1:3)?