Study Guide – Psalm 139:1-6


1 You have searched me, Lord,
    and you know me.
2 You know when I sit and when I rise;
    you perceive my thoughts from afar.
3 You discern my going out and my lying down;
    you are familiar with all my ways.
4 Before a word is on my tongue
    you, Lord, know it completely.
5 You hem me in behind and before,
    and you lay your hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
    too lofty for me to attain. NIV

Do verses 1-4 make you uncomfortable or do they
reassure you? How could both feelings be found in these verses?


Think of several examples from your own life
in the past 24 hours that would apply to verses 2-3.


the protective picture of verse 5.


is verse 6 a natural response to the first five verses of this Psalm?



Choose one key concept from these
verses that most impacts you. Take time to pray about this truth in your life.



This psalm is certainly meant to
reassure us of God’s love for us as individuals. But take a moment to think of
this psalm in terms of God’s love for someone else. Substitute someone else’s
name for any reference to “I” or “me” in the first 6 verses of this psalm.  How would your thoughts about others change
today if you were to apply this awareness-of-others to your daily routines?

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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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