Study Guide – Psalm 33:13-22

Psalm33-13-22


13 From heaven the Lord looks down
    and sees all mankind;
14 from his dwelling place he watches
    all who live on earth—
15 he who forms the hearts of all,
    who considers everything they do.

 

Read verses 13-15. What kind of surveillance system does God have?

 

In what ways does God's surveillance system differ from the surveillance of governments in our world today?

 

Does it trouble you that God knows everything? Why or Why not?

 

16 No king is saved by the size of his army;
    no warrior escapes by his great strength.
17 A horse is a vain hope for deliverance;
    despite all its great strength it cannot save.
18 But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him,
    on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,
19 to deliver them from death
    and keep them alive in famine.

 

How do verses 16-17 give a picture to verse 10 of this psalm?

 

Why would God shatter the plans of nations anyways?

 

Verses 18-19 indicate that the Lord watches over certain people. What are these people like?

 

20 We wait in hope for the Lord;
    he is our help and our shield.
21 In him our hearts rejoice,
    for we trust in his holy name.
22 May your unfailing love be with us, Lord,
    even as we put our hope in you. NIV

 

Are verses 20-21 true of us?

 

How does verse 21 remind you of verse 1 of this psalm?

 

::::: Application Challenge :::::

For the next 24 hours, make verse 22 your prayer.

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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