What does this psalm tell us about who God is?  (His heart, his character, his attributes.)

What does this psalm tell us about our own identity?  How does it help us to understand who we are?

What are some ways that this psalm calls us to respond?

There is repeated emphasis on matters of the heart.  (Joy, gladness, thanksgiving, praise, etc.)  The instruction is not merely to “serve the Lord”, but to “serve the Lord with gladness”.  Why do you think that is the case?  Why do you think that God is so concerned with matters of the heart?  (As opposed to strictly external behavior?)

Do you find it difficult to maintain a godly attitude (joyful, glad, grateful, worshipful, etc.) in your life?  Why or why not?  What are some reasons why you experience it to be more difficult?  What are some ways that you can persevere in it?

What does it mean to serve the Lord?  How can we be striving to do obey this command more faithfully in our lives?

This psalm seems to allude to the corporate nature of worship.  (It uses phrases like “all the earth”, and plural pronouns like “we” and “us”.)  Why do you think that this is significant?  Is it important to gather regularly with God’s people to worship him together?  Why or why not?

Why do you think that this psalm refers to the people of God as “the sheep of his pasture”?  What implications can we derive from this kind of imagery?  What does it tell us about God, and about ourselves?