Study Guide – Psalm 119 Pe

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129 Your statutes are wonderful;
    therefore I obey them.
130 The unfolding of your words gives light;
    it gives understanding to the simple.
131 I open my mouth and pant,
    longing for your commands.
132 Turn to me and have mercy on me,
    as you always do to those who love your name.
133 Direct my footsteps according to your word;
    let no sin rule over me.
134 Redeem me from human oppression,
    that I may obey your precepts.
135 Make your face shine on your servant
    and teach me your decrees.
136 Streams of tears flow from my eyes,
    for your law is not obeyed. NIV

In verse 129, the writer of this psalm uses the word "wonderful" to describe God's "statutes". When most people think of "statutes" what other adjectives might they use instead? 

Describe how verse 130 clarifies why God's statutes are wonderful.

There are 176 verses in Psalm 119 that focus on God's commands. It takes remarkable patience, especially by contemporary standards, to remain so steadfast in that focus. And yet, there is a deep, raw passion that permeates this entire psalm. With the context of the whole psalm in mind, describe the author's desperate urgency in verses 131-132.

Practically honest now: How would your own life look differently over the next 24 hours if you practiced verse 133?

What in our society today makes you feel like verse 136? Or, what in our society today should make you feel like verse 136?  (Side reflection: How do verses 134-135 prepare someone's heart for verse 136?)

Whatever God is prompting you to pray stemming from this seventeenth stanza of Psalm 119, take the time now to pray.

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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