Study Guide – Psalm 119 He

ה He

33 Teach me, Lord, the way of your decrees,
    that I may follow it to the end.
34 Give me understanding, so that I may keep your law
    and obey it with all my heart.
35 Direct me in the path of your commands,
    for there I find delight.
36 Turn my heart toward your statutes
    and not toward selfish gain.
37 Turn my eyes away from worthless things;
    preserve my life according to your word.
38 Fulfill your promise to your servant,
    so that you may be feared.
39 Take away the disgrace I dread,
    for your laws are good.
40 How I long for your precepts!
    In your righteousness preserve my life. NIV

 After reading through verses 33-40, what would you say is the main focus of this fifth section of Psalm 119? What are some repeated words and key phrases?


Think about the people you will encounter in the next 24 hours. How would your day be different if the people around you were to practice verse 36? How would your day be different if you were to live out verse 36?

If the writer of this psalm were to shadow you around, what sorts of "worthless" things might the psalmist notice your eyes were upon? What inspires you about verse 37?


Who do you know in your own life that seems to have the same passion for God's patterns that the writer of this psalm has? How has that person (or those persons) cultivated that passion?

Which of the verses from this section of Psalm 119 do you need to most make your prayer 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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