Study Guide – Psalm 18:20-30


20 The Lord has dealt with me according to my righteousness;

    according to the cleanness of my hands he has rewarded me.

21 For I have kept the ways of the Lord;

    I am not guilty of turning from my God.

22 All his laws are before me;

    I have not turned away from his decrees.

23 I have been blameless before him

    and have kept myself from sin.

24 The Lord has rewarded me according to my righteousness,

    according to the cleanness of my hands in his

25 To the faithful you show yourself faithful,

    to the blameless you show yourself blameless,

26 to the pure you show yourself pure,

    but to the devious you show yourself shrewd.

27 You save the humble

    but bring low those whose eyes are haughty.

28 You, Lord, keep my lamp burning;

    my God turns my darkness into light.

29 With your help I can advance against a troop;

    with my God I can scale a wall.

30 As for God, his way is perfect:

    The Lord’s
word is flawless;

    he shields all who take refuge in


Which words and phrases are
repeated in verses 20-30 of Psalm 18?


Which poetic phrase from
this section stands out to you?


Look at verses 21-23. If
you were to speak these words out loud, would others think you were twisting
the truth a little bit?


How does this section
relate to verse 1 of Psalm 18?


If the way of the Lord is perfect,
like verse 30 suggests, how does that relate to the way David says he lived his



Pick one of the verses from
this section to memorize and make true in your actions over the next 24 hours.

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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