Study Guide – Psalm 119 Beth

ב Beth

9 How can a young person stay on the path of purity?
    By living according to your word.
10 I seek you with all my heart;
    do not let me stray from your commands.
11 I have hidden your word in my heart
    that I might not sin against you.

12 Praise be to you, Lord;
    teach me your decrees.
13 With my lips I recount
    all the laws that come from your mouth.
14 I rejoice in following your statutes
    as one rejoices in great riches.
15 I meditate on your precepts
    and consider your ways.
16 I delight in your decrees;
    I will not neglect your word. NIV

This second section of Psalm 119 begins with the second letter in the Hebrew alphabet (ב Beth = pronounced similar to 'bait').  The first section emphasized love and obedience towards God's commands. What would you say is the emphasis this 2nd section?


How old do you imagine the writer of this psalm is? Why might the writer have asked the question in verse 9?

::::: Fill in the blanks :::::

In verse 9 the question _______________ me & the answer  _______________ me.

This second section of psalm 119 is very personal. How closely does your heart identify with this section? Note specific phrases or verses that either fit or go against your own personal experience.

If you are struggling to personally identify with this section, what is holding you back?

List all the personal action verbs in verses 10-16. What practical ways could you implement these verbs today?

::::: Equipping Challenge :::::

Take the list of verbs and write it to yourself (text, email, message, etc) as a reminder to live out this desire today. 

Ken Castor

Ken Castor is a husband, dad, pastor, writer and teacher. He serves as a professor at Crown College, Minnesota, where he equips students to pursue Jesus-Centered Faith and Next Generation Ministry. For 20+ years he's focused on equipping the next generations in places like the U.S., Canada, and Northern Ireland. He's the author of Grow Down (Simply Youth Ministry, 2014), Make a Difference (Broadstreet, 2016), the Blue-Letters Editor of the Jesus-Centered Bible (Group, 2015) and numerous other articles and Bible Study guides. But, whenever possible, he gets down on the floor and builds Lego with his kids. Connect with him @kencastor.

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