Great News

GreatNews

Psalms 48

1 Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, In the city of our God, His holy mountain.3 God, in her palaces, Has made Himself known as a stronghold. 4 For, lo, the kings assembled themselves, They passed by together. 5 They saw it, then they were amazed; They were terrified, they fled in alarm.  10 As is Your name, O God, So is Your praise to the ends of the earth; Your right hand is full of righteousness. 13 Consider her ramparts; Go through her palaces, That you may tell it to the next generation. 14 For such is God, Our God forever and ever; He will guide us until death.

 

Observations:

The author informs the reader that the Lord is great. (1a)

The author informs the reader that the Lord is greatly to be praised. (1b)

The author informs the reader that city is God’s. (1c)

The author informs the reader that God is known as a stronghold. (3a)

The author informs the reader that kings were terrified and fled. (5a)

The author informs the reader that God’s name and praise is to the ends of the earth. (10a)

The author informs the reader that God’s ramparts and palaces should be shared with the next   generation. (13a)

The author informs the reader that our God is forever and ever. (14a)

The author informs the reader that God will guide us until death. (14b)

 

Commentary:

In the text, one can see that the we have reason to praise God greatly as He is and will provide protection for his church and His people. God is known as a fortress of protection around those who He loves and loves him.  Our enemies and the attacks of the enemy are no match for our God.  God and His praise will last forever.  Due to the security and protection that God provides, the church has reason to be joyful and continue to spread this for generations to come.  God will not only protect us, but he will guide us.  Now that’s great news!

 

Living Word Op(portunity):

  1. How might we become defenseless against the enemy’s attack?  What habits can we engage to be fully armored?
  2. How might knowing the reputation of God as a stronghold change our approach to taking battles into our own hands?
  3. What are practical ways to include God in the lives of the next generation?
  4. Has God guided you in decision-making?  If so, how so?  If not, why not?
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