Review / Introduction:
"I think we delight to praise what we enjoy because the praise not merely expresses but completes the enjoyment; it is its appointed consummation... the delight is incomplete till it is expressed." - C.S. Lewis
Why I Am Compelled to Worship (Psalm 34):
- God has never Disappointed me. (Psalm 34:4-10)
- God has taught me how to Live. (Psalm 34:11-16)
- God has Comforted me through difficult times. (Psalm 34:17-20)
- God has taken away my Guilt. (Psalm 34:21-22)
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Small Group Questions (Whole Group):
Read Psalm 34 (stand and read aloud; sing a favorite hymn as a group if compelled)
How would you define "worship" to a child? How would you explain to that child the purpose of worship in music at the church?
What are the nuances in the synonyms for worship in Psalm 34:1-3?
What would you say to someone who says to you, "I tried trusting God once, and He disappointed me." How can we reconcile this statement with Psalm 34:10?
In church, does the music prepare you for the sermon, or does the sermon help make you a better worshiper? (Note to discussion leader: My <Jeff’s> opinion is the latter, but this isn’t really a dogmatic "right or wrong" issue. It is just meant to think through why we do what we do at HBC.)
What was your big "take-away" from this passage / message?
Bonus: What is your favorite worship song / hymn? What is meaningful to you about that song?
How would you rate yourself as a worshiper? From this text / message, how will you seek to become a more passionate worshiper?