07: Worship In the Psalms – Teaching Plan

Key Thought:  The Psalms give voice to the heart cries of seekers after God in a living dialogue of pleas, assurance, blessing, praise, and celebration.  

1.     Have a volunteer read Psalm 73:12-17.

A.  Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.

B.   What knowledge of the sanctuary did David understand that clarified his knowledge of the rich and powerful who didn’t follow after God?

C.      Personal Application:  How do you feel about the people who are antagonistic toward God but are prospering in wealth and have power over others?  Share an example.

D.   Case Study :  One of your relatives states, “If people are getting rich by cheating, or by not following God’s laws and ways; why would He allow them to be rich?  Does God give people the ability to make money and proper?  Why does He allow bad people to get rich and live well?” How would you respond to your relative?

2.     Have a volunteer read Psalm 49:10-17. 

A.    Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.

B.    Is there a gospel message in this Psalm?

C.    Personal Application:  Have you seen injustice in your life?  How did it make you feel?  Is it easy to leave it in God’s hands?  Why or why not?

D.     Case Study :  One of your friends states, “Isn’t our legal system supposed to be patterned after the Ten Commandments?  Why is the letter oif the law used more to solve things than the intent of the law?  It seems like people get away with all kinds of evil with no justice.” How would you respond to your friend?

 3.   Have a volunteer read Hebrews 10:4-10.

A.   Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.

B.   How did Jesus do away with the first covenant to establish the second?  What are the differences between the first and second covenants?

C.   Personal Application:  How can we make sure we don’t make worship and the things of worship an end in themselves?

D.   Case Study :  One of your neighbors states, “Because Jesus did away with the animal sacrifices, does that mean we don’t have to sacrifice anything anymore? All we need to do is trust in Jesus?”  How would you respond to your neighbor?

4.    Have a volunteer read Psalm 78:5-8. 

A.   Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.

B.   What does God ask us to remember?  Why is it important to remember His commandments?

C.    Personal Application :  How has God specifically worked in your life?  Do You remind yourself and others often of His work for you, or do you tend To forget?  Share.

D.     Case Study :  Think of one person who needs to hear a message from this week’s lesson. Tell the class what you plan to do this week to share with them.

(Note: “Truth that is not lived, that is not imparted, loses its life-giving power, its healing virtue. Its blessings can be retained only as it is shared.”  MH p. 149)



07: Worship In the Psalms – Teaching Plan — 5 Comments

  1. Thanks indeed for the Guide lines. They are up to points the lesson was intended to offer.
    Kanyanta, Lwitikila SDA Church, Mpika, Zambia.

  2. I am wondering if every psalm was placed in music. I'm also wondering of the instruments used in worship back then. Is there a possibility that we are using instruments that are not appropriate for worship? Can someone comment?

    • it not the instruments but how they are use. they in them selves cannot make song or music but we the the user and the wayin which we use them. and too let us serve God with awe and reverence not just anyhow. let what belong to God be seperate and distinct, to shew him special and highly favoured in our lives thanks and i hope that helps

    • Greetings Fausto Cabanas,
      This is a reaction to your question on the following questions:
      Was every psalm placed with music?
      Well with the lesson study of last week, psalms means accompanied with instruments so I believe they all had music attached to them.
      Instruments used back then?
      I give music seminars so its a big and loaded question you ask which I normally spent one hour explaining through powerpoint slides. I will give it a try.
      The instruments used in the sanctuary back then were
      always these following instruments:
      Lyre, Harps,Cymbal & Trumpets. The cornet which is a ram's horn was also used but basically these 4 instruments were used. If you look at the instruments God used in the sanctuary, which few people understand is that even in the instruments used it was a reflection of what happens in the heavens above.
      Harps are what we will receive and what angels are playing. Trumpets are always connected to the sounding and giving of signal-ling like the coming of Jesus who will come with a shout and the trumpet will sound and so on...
      You can read all these in the books of chronicles.
      In worship there was always a use of these instruments and other instruments were not allowed.
      Reasons for example why flutes drums or other instruments were not allowed is because, they were used in festive moments, in moments of celebration and in moments after wars some psalms like 149 and 150 are showing this also. Some argue much about psalm 150 and the list of instruments used there but if you do a careful bible study only the instruments i mentioned above were allowed in worship moments and other instruments were used in secular moments.
      Some psalms are battle songs and songs of victory. And psalm 150 has a big explanation which I at this moment will not explain in detail. Email me at knowthetruth@live.nl for music questions and this question. I am currently writing a book on worship and music which I will release next year by Gods grace.
      Current instruments used?
      The current instruments used vary greatly from church to church. I have seen though a rise of the use of 3 instruments particularly. Piano, Drumkit and Bassguitars. Which has and does bring much contention and discussion.
      Let me first say this. No instrument in or out of itself is an evil instrument. Its out of the question that we often say this instrument is evil or not to be used.
      What it all comes down is the use and what it all comes down in issues is the misuse of them.
      Now saying that there are some instruments that are fitter that are better then others for use in worship because of the quality of sounds they produce.
      I believe we can learn much of the sanctuary but its not binding in the sense that we have to throw out piano and organs and drums just because it was not done back then.
      Some say well organ is good drums are bad based on what was done back then. Well here is the issue. Organs are a series of flutes and flutes were not used back then ever in the sanctuary service. Many say ellen white warned against the used of drums... well actually she did not. She said we can use all instruments and should not oppose their use. To her it was what was done in the name of the Lord with drums with shouting with dancing with music and there is another quote many people do not use when they cite the indiana campmeeting experience which list more instruments. Satans music is loud and unbearable. Music that is not good arranged is just often because people have a bad taste and likes the common.
      So let me get back to the drums, many say well drums are evil do not use them in the church. Well here is my question. What kind of instrument is the Piano? The piano is an percussion instrument. And I know there is a difference in percussion and drums yet there are many similarity and here is the thing.
      No, and i repeat no instruments are evil. So on a theoretic way all can be used. but on the practical level some instruments are better not suitable for worship because people tend to use and play them just like they play them in the world. They want a drumkit to play exactly like the world and they do not understand at all what fits into the language of praise and worship. So the point comes to its use and its misuse.
      There is great dangers indeed on many things in the music that is currently sweeping SDA churches. They often have drifted so far that they do not know what worship is all about. Its sad very sad.
      There are allot of music coming in that is very profane common and has many bad elements in them.
      I will briefly point out 7 points where satan is having us.
      1. Pointless discussion on music which breaks and devide the church
      2. Misconceptions on music and worship
      3. Misuse of instruments and the misuse of certain musical elements.
      4. The Lyrics are unscriptural profane exalting the person instead of the Saviour. Humanistic ideology
      5. The singers and musicians are unconverted and their hearts are not converted
      6. The misuse of vocal techniques in a worship setting
      7. The medium of music the instrumental is often poor common and is sedative with backbeats syncopated beats polyrhythms and other sedative beats that often overpower detract destroy and eventually drives angels away from the worship scene. And im talking here about the misuses of these elements. I will now not explain in great detail based on the time i have.

      Satan has pretty much done a good job in deceiving us, we need to have our senses trained to discern what is right and good and acceptable.
      The thing is most of us are DESENSITIZED. We need a music fast of 30 days to have our senses back on track. Thats a prescription I would give to all.
      May God bless everyone and If there is questions on music and worship I will gladly answer back.
      Music is a big subject which i have more then 14 hours of material on so Its impossible i could cover everything on this moment.
      You can email me at knowthetruth@live.nl
      Or on facebook kevin fiqueroa is the name.

      Greetings and God bless
      I sent great warning to music teachers all around the world and musicians and singers to stand up and take a higher stand on music, God will demand of us what we did in this area.



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