Study Guide – Psalm 31:1-5


Psalm31-1-5


In
you, Lord, I have taken refuge;


    let
me never be put to shame;


    deliver
me in your righteousness.


Turn your ear to
me,


    come
quickly to my rescue;


be my rock of refuge,


    a
strong fortress to save me.


Since you are my
rock and my fortress,


    for
the sake of your name lead and guide me.


Keep me free from
the trap that is set for me,


    for
you are my refuge.


Into your hands I
commit my spirit;


    deliver
me, Lord, my faithful God.NIV

 

In
verses 1-5, what other words does the writer of this psalm use to describe how
God is his “refuge”?

 

Does
this psalm consider “refuge” to be a place or an action?

 

Try
to find all of the requests that the writer of this psalm presents to God. From
this list, describe the kind of situation the writer finds himself.

 

What
“trap” could be set for you today?

 

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

Why
do you think Jesus quoted the first half of verse 5 just before he died on the
cross (Luke 23:46)?

 

::::: Equipping Challenge :::::

As
you face the next 24 hours of your life, what did you learn from these first
five verses that will help you?

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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