Victoria Fellowship Church (VFC)
International and Interdenominational
House Fellowship for week commencing 26th March 2017
Quarter Theme: Foundation for Christian Living
Topic: Forget not His benefits: bless the Lord oh my soul
Texts: Ps 103:1-22
Memory Verse: “Praise the Lord, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name.” (Ps 103:1, NIV)
To a lot of people, the book of psalms means many things. Some see it as a prayer book, others as a book of confession; to some, it is a book for special moment of intervention and need, especially in dealing with their enemies. Psalms could be said to be one of the most popular book of the bible to believers in Christ and those outside of the faith.
You would have observed reading this book that typical life scenarios are presented in it and are so practical as though it was written afresh with each age and generation in mind. Every human emotions are reflected in it. In Psalms, our humanity is laid bare while God’s divinity is comprehensively captured and made known.
Our text today is a book of pure reflection by the man after God’s heart, David. It so captures us in the statements. David must have over and over failed to appreciate God’s goodness over his life adequately due to our human tendencies to easily forget good things and favors we receive while we hardly forget when we are dealt with badly. “Bless the Lord, O my soul…,”
That is David talking to himself. “…and forget not all His benefits…,” how often we fall into the temptation to skip what God has done for us in our daily lives, and we even go the extend of grading some to be small and big; some great while others are not so great; some we share and call the whole world and our network to thanksgiving service while some we don’t even share with the next or closest person by our side, even our spouse. Walking with Christ in a moment-by-glorious-moment relationship provides benefits that go far beyond anything this world has to offer.
As we go through our study today, we reflect on who we are as men (vs. 15-16); who and how awesome our God is (vs. 6-14, 17-19). We reflect on his blessings and benefits in our lives: like the hymn writer rightly said, “If I count his blessings one by one, it will surely surprise me the magnitude of what the Lord has done.”
May the lord grant us insight today that we may join “… all His works in all places of His dominion to bless the Lord. Bless the Lord, O my Soul.” vs. 22.
- From vs. 1-2, and 22, David was addressing his soul. Why was it important he started and ended the declaration by addressing and talking to himself?
- Point out the characters of God listed in the Psalm 103. Discuss how the understanding of these characters or attributes of God helped to calm David’s soul?
- What are the 5 major benefits of God blessing as stated in vs. 3-5? And discuss what each benefit means practically to our day to day life
- (147:1-5; 150:2) What other reasons should I give God praise?
- “.. and forget not all His benefits:” Discuss the subtlety of our human tendency to forget the good things God has done for us.
- Suggest and discuss practical steps we can take in order not to be forgetful of any good we receive form the Lord(or from man)
- Each person should share testimony of God’s goodness or faithfulness over his/her life that the brethren will join to praise God for.
- From the following scriptures Vs.17-19; 147:4-11,
- How should the greatness of God inspire praise in our lives?
- In your own words, apart from the words of the psalmist, explain why you should live a thankful life.