Introduction: Key ideas in today’s Sunday School material are (1) David urged others to join him in praising the Lord and (2) Jesus is our great High Priest. Prayerfully, we will be challenged to praise God together and live like Jesus is our High Priest.
Read Psalm 34:1-3
I. Call to Praise. David talks about his commitment to extoling and praising the Lord. In our Sunday School material, he is committed to continual praise. He urges the afflicted to hear and rejoice. He then invites others to join him in exalting the Lord’s name together.
- Continuous praise. Notice in vss. 1-2 that David had a mind to praise the Lord, no matter what was going on in his life. In like manner, every disciple should resolve to praise God, no matter what happens in their lives.
God deserves and expects our praise. Praising God has a way of making us feel better. And praising God angers the devil. Let’s work on continuous praise, no matter what.
- Praising God together. Notice in vs.3 that David invites others to join him, in praising the Lord. In like manner, we should work on praising God together. The corporate worship experience is not a bunch of individuals doing their own thing. We are supposed to worship God as many members of one body.
Let’s work on praising God together. We can start with easy stuff like singing, clapping, standing, and participating together in the worship services.
Read Psalm 34:4-10
II. Caring God. In our Sunday School material David talks about how he sought the Lord, and the Lord answered him. Those who look to the Lord are known for radiance, not shame. Fearing the Lord leads to blessings.
- God and emotional states. Notice in vss. 4-5 that when David sought the Lord, the Lord dealt with his fear and shame. In like manner, when we focus on God and His will for our lives, little room is left for negative emotions like fear and shame.
Notice further that God changed David’s mindset more than his immediate circumstances. And God may do the same for us. Let’s keep the space of our minds occupied with seeking and obeying God’s will.
- Trusting God’s care. Notice in vss. 6-10 that David believes that God can take care of him and the rest of God’s people. In like manner, we should trust that God is able to take care of us and the rest of God’s people.
When we really trust God, we can continue to obey Him with peace, joy, and hope. Worrying and disobedience are not the fruit of faith in God. Let’s work on really trusting God to take care of His own.
- Tasting. Notice in vs. 8 that David invites others to taste and see that the Lord is good. There are some people who are not ready to go “all in” with the Lord. But if they would just stumble in the right direction, God can do great things in their lives. And sometimes we are the ones who need to stumble in the right direction.
Giving 5%, until we grow to 7% and then 10% shows progress. But when we make excuses, instead of progress, we are subject to divine punishment. Let’s work on tasting and growing in the Lord.
Read Hebrews 2:17-18
III. Compassionate Savior. Jesus is said to have been fully human. He was fully human so that He could be a merciful and faithful High Priest. As One who suffered for us, Jesus can help those who are being tempted.
- Our High Priest. Notice in vss. 17-18 that Jesus is our perfect High Priest. He suffered for us. His death is an atoning and covering sacrifice for our sins. He is able to help us. Let’s live like Jesus is extra special in our lives. This kind of living should prioritize making sure that we have accepted Jesus as our savior by faith and loving God and others, as we love ourselves.
Conclusion: Let’s work on praising God together and living
like Jesus is our High Priest. God has much for those who obey His will.