Study Guide – Psalm 103:13-22

Psalm103-13-22


13 As a father has compassion on his children,
    so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him;


In verse 13, what kind of "father" does David say is comparable to God?


14 for he knows how we are formed,
    he remembers that we are dust.
15 The life of mortals is like grass,
    they flourish like a flower of the field;
16 the wind blows over it and it is gone,
    and its place remembers it no more.


How weak are we?


In this context, what personal meaning does the "compassion" of God have in your life?


17 But from everlasting to everlasting
    the Lord’s love is with those who fear him,
    and his righteousness with their children’s children—
18 with those who keep his covenant
    and remember to obey his precepts.


In this psalm of encouragement, what is David's point in verses 17-18?


19 The Lord has established his throne in heaven,
    and his kingdom rules over all.

20 Praise the Lord, you his angels,
    you mighty ones who do his bidding,
    who obey his word.
21 Praise the Lord, all his heavenly hosts,
    you his servants who do his will.
22 Praise the Lord, all his works
    everywhere in his dominion.

Praise the Lord, my soul. NIV


In what ways is praise a response?


In what ways is praise a responsibility?


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

Draw 2 columns. In the left column list what actions of God are mentioned in the whole of Psalm 103:1-22. In the right column list what actions of ours are mentioned in the whole of Psalm 103:1-22. What do you learn from this exercise?

God's Actions                 |                    Our Actions

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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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