Psalm 92: Bible Study Guide.

19-BSG-92A: WORSHIP GUIDE.

A Worship Guide corresponding with today’s Bible Reading Plan: Psalm 92/ Topic: “A Song for the Sabbath day.”/19-BSG-92A: (Psalm 92:1-15)/ Hymn: Don’t forget the Sabbath! (SDAH 388)

EXPLORATION: The Sabbath is — A perpetual memorial of Creation, (Ex. 20:11-12); A symbol of Redemption, (Deut. 5:15); A sign of Sanctification, (Ex. 31:13; cf. Ezek. 20:20).

REFLECTION: “This is a hymn of praises to God, dedicated to the celebration of the Sabbath day, which is about God in a loving relationship with humans. It is the only psalm devoted to that purpose. The poem contains seven times the holy name (Yahweh, the LORD; the only other psalm doing the same is Ps. 19), suggesting a link with the seventh-day Sabbath. This psalm also contains seven descriptions of the wicked (92:6–9) and seven characteristics of the righteous (vv. 12–15). The author expresses deep gratitude for God’s presence, gift of creation, His faithfulness, and many other blessings.” [Jon L. Dybdahl, Ed., Andrews Study Bible Notes, (Berrien Springs, MI: Andrews University Press, 2010), 745].

DEVOTIONAL IMPLICATION: “It is good to give thanks to the Lord, And to sing praises to Your name, O Most High;” (Psalm 92:1, NKJV). This psalm was composed as a Sabbath song of praise to God for His power and wisdom in His providential dealings with the wicked and the righteous.

How can we praise and give thanks to the LORD? By declaring His lovingkindness every morning and His faithfulness every night; By singing and playing musical instruments; By thanking Him joyfully (singing) for all He has done for us; By acknowledging the superiority of God’s creative works and His very deep thoughts which are beyond our understanding (Ps. 92:1-5).

Secondly, Beware! The wicked/ unbelievers are ignorant. This Psalm outline three things which they are ignorant of: They don’t understand the truth about Life (v. 6); they don’t understand the truth about God: That He is the sovereign Judge who rules forever (v. 8); they don’t understand the truth about God’s coming Judgment: That they are enemies of God, and that they will perish.

Thirdly, the righteous are to praise God on the Sabbath day, But why? Because of His actions (Creation, v. 4). The entire human family owes its existence to the divine act of Creation, thus, it is fitting for all humanity to worship God on a Sabbath day: memorializing the creative power of God, among other things.

Fourth, the righteous should praise God for His provision – (a) For Strength: God will exalt my “horn” (an emblem of strength and power, Ps. 92:10); (b) For Victory: It is God who fights our battles! We shall hears the defeat of our opponents (Ps. 92:11); (c) For Growth: “The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree, He shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Those who are planted in the house of the Lord Shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bear fruit in old age; They shall be fresh and flourishing,” (Psalm 92:12–14, NKJV)

ACTION STEP: What response do you think this chapter should inspires us to do? [1] Praise and give thanks to the LORD, the Most High; [2] Give strong testimony to God’s work in your life — He empowers you; He pours out His blessings on you; He gives you victory over your adversaries, both human and spiritual (Ep. 6:10–13); He causes you to flourish and grow strong; [3] Declare that God is upright and just. That He is your rock (security); and there is no unrighteousness (wickedness) in Him (v. 15)

THE GOSPEL’S VOICE: This section is written as if God were speaking directly to you—Because He does. What does the Lord say to me this morning? My son/ daughter, “Surely My Sabbaths you shall keep, for it is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I am the Lord who sanctifies you.” (Exodus 31:13, NKJV) “Hallow My Sabbaths, and they will be a sign between Me and you, that you may know that I am the Lord your God.’” (Ezekiel 20:20, NKJV)

Today’s Commitment. By God’s grace: I will give thanks to the LORD, And to sing praises to His holy Name. I will worship the LORD God on a Sabbath day (Ex. 20:8-12). I will share with others the truth about the Sabbath.

Have A Blessed Day: “And it shall come to pass that from one New Moon to another, And from one Sabbath to another, All flesh shall come to worship before Me,” says the Lord.” (Isaiah 66:23, NKJV)