Study Guide – Psalm 22:19-31


Psalm22-19-31
19 But
you, Lord, do not be far from
me.


    You
are my strength; come quickly to help me.


20 Deliver me from the
sword,


    my
precious life from the power of the dogs.


21 Rescue me from the
mouth of the lions;


    save
me from the horns of the wild oxen.

22 I
will declare your name to my people;


    in
the assembly I will praise you.


23 You who fear
the Lord, praise him!


    All
you descendants of Jacob, honor him!


    Revere
him, all you descendants of Israel!


24 For he has not
despised or scorned


    the
suffering of the afflicted one;


he has not hidden his face from him


    but
has listened to his cry for help.

 

What do David’s comments in
verses 19-21 reveal about David’s personal relationship with God?

 

Considering how David began
in verse 1, how did he arrive at his praise in verse 22 and his comfort in verse
24?

 

Notice that David shifts
his attention to God and others in verse 23. What does he instruct? Why would
he do this? Why is it important for someone in the midst of struggle to still
be altruistic (other-focused)?

 

25 From
you comes the theme of my praise in the great assembly;


    before
those who fear you I will fulfill my vows.


26 The poor will
eat and be satisfied;


    those
who seek the Lord will
praise him—


    may
your hearts live forever!

27 All
the ends of the earth


    will
remember and turn to the Lord,


and all the families of the nations


    will
bow down before him,


28 for dominion
belongs to the Lord


    and
he rules over the nations.

29 All
the rich of the earth will feast and worship;


    all
who go down to the dust will kneel before him—


    those
who cannot keep themselves alive.


30 Posterity will
serve him;


    future
generations will be told about the Lord.


31 They will proclaim
his righteousness,


    declaring
to a people yet unborn:


    He
has done it! NIV

 

Psalm 22 ends remarkably different
than it began. What details in verses 25-31 seem to contrast with the first
half of the psalm?

 

Why do you think the
follower of God can experience such extremes of faith and emotion during their
life?

 

Review: In verse 31, what is it that the Lord "has done"? 

 

Final Thought: What do verses 30-31 suggest
about God’s plan for passing on faith and leadership in the midst of struggle (i.e.
generational transference)? 

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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