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Texts: Psalms 32:1-5; 1 Chronicles 51:1-6, 1 Chronicles 17; 1 Chronicles 16:8-36;Revelation 4:9-11; Rev 5:9-13; Phil 4:8

This week we are still talking about worship and will consider some aspects of King David of ancient Israel in an attempt to draw some lessons and teaching on the subject. David was a man who saw many sides of life, going from being a shepherd to being a great king, to being an also-ran. Along the way, he was at times very devoted to God. On many occasions we read of this devotion and how it played out in various ways as worship, sometimes through the writing of poetry, or through song, or other acts of devotion.

  • In 1 Samuel 16, 1 Sam 17, 1 Sam 18 (and some other places), we get some glimpses into David’s life before he became king. He appears as a man whose spirit was quite contrite.
    • Why do you think God selected David while rejecting Saul?
    • David did many wrong and foolish things, but was still called a man after God’s own heart. How could this be?
    • What do you learn about attitude and worship from the experiences of David?
    • How do you think the rank individualism of current times may affect our worship of God?
  • One cannot talk about David and worship without bring in the subject of music and song for these were the heart and soul of David’s worship.
    • Bring to mind some occasions where David worshipped using song
    • Why do you think music has such great power to touch and move us?
    • You might talk about the best way to use music when at worship.
  • Songs seem to be particularly beneficial and helpful when it comes to sorrowing and praise, two things that are quite opposite.
    • 2 Samuel 22 records a song of praise written by David. Notice some of its components.
    • Bring to mind other occasions where song was used either for lamenting or for praise
      • Job 38:7
      • Revelation 4:9-11
    • Raise the question of types of music that are appropriate when at worship. Do you think music is morally neutral, or do you think there are some types of music that are detrimental to worship while others are beneficial?
    • What do you think about the idea that some types of music elevate our thoughts while other types debase them?
    • In what ways do culture and society impact church music?
    • If the lyrics are good, can any type of music serve worship?
    • What do you make of harmony and dissonance in music? Is one good and the other bad?

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