Study Guide – Psalm 40:4-8


4 Blessed is the one
    who trusts in the Lord,
who does not look to the proud,
    to those who turn aside to false gods.
5 Many, Lord my God,
    are the wonders you have done,
    the things you planned for us.
None can compare with you;
    were I to speak and tell of your deeds,
    they would be too many to declare.

6 Sacrifice and offering you did not desire—
    but my ears you have opened—
    burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not require.
7 Then I said, “Here I am, I have come—
    it is written about me in the scroll.
8 I desire to do your will, my God;
    your law is within my heart.” NIV


Explain ways in which verse 4 could
be applied practically to a person’s situation in life right now in our society.


Read verse 5. Does God have one plan
or many plans for your life? What makes you say that?


In what ways can no one compare with


Study verses 6-8. Why wouldn’t God
be happy with our offerings? What is it that would make God happy?


What is the similarity between verse
4 and verse 8?



In the next 24 hours, start a WONDER-BRAINSTORM-LIST.
Keep something with you to write all the ideas that come to your mind about God’s
wonders and deeds. Try to live one full day with a constant recognition of what
God has done and what God is doing. Every time you notice something, or make a
discovery, write it down. At the end of the process, speak out the list in
praise to God.


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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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