Study Guide – Psalm 125

1 Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion,
    which cannot be shaken but endures forever.
2 As the mountains surround Jerusalem,
    so the Lord surrounds his people
    both now and forevermore.

3 The scepter of the wicked will not remain
    over the land allotted to the righteous,
for then the righteous might use
    their hands to do evil.

4 Lord, do good to those who are good,
    to those who are upright in heart.
5 But those who turn to crooked ways
    the Lord will banish with the evildoers.

Peace be on Israel. NIV

Mount Zion, where the Temple was built, is central to the identity of Israel. Psalm 125 is another "Song of Ascent" that was meant to prepare God's people as they traveled to worship at the Temple. How do verses 1-2 use it as an illustration for God and His people?

What is a "sceptor" – and why does the author refer to one in verse 3?

Read the five verses of this psalm again. What is the only prayer request in this psalm? How would you characterize the rest of the content of this psalm?

"Peace be on Israel" is an interesting conclusive blessing. Why might the author have included this blessing in this psalm?

::::: Digging Deeper :::::

How does verse 4 contrast with Psalm 14 and Psalm 53? How does it resonate with Psalm 24?

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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