Study Guide – Psalm 139:19-24



19 If only you, God, would slay the wicked!
    Away from me, you who are bloodthirsty!
20 They speak of you with evil intent;
    your adversaries misuse your name.
21 Do I not hate those who hate you, Lord,
    and abhor those who are in rebellion against you?
22 I have nothing but hatred for them;
    I count them my enemies.
23 Search me, God, and know my heart;
    test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 See if there is any offensive way in me,
    and lead me in the way everlasting. NIV


Look back through the remarkable intimacy of the first 18
verses of Psalm 139. With this in mind, what is shocking about verses 19-22?


This psalm has been attributed to David. Considering his
history and his close relationship with God, why do you think he included
verses 19-22 in such a personal psalm?


Is it okay that David sounds so angry in these verses? Give
your reasons, yes or no.


Do you like it when people point out when you are wrong, or
when they point out your flaws? In verses 23-24, why would David ask God to do
just that? Why are these two verses such an important way to end this psalm?
How do they relate to verse 1?



Are you willing to admit how much God knows you and how
close God is to you right now? And are you willing to admit all of your thoughts
and feelings to God right now? And are you willing to submit your thoughts and
feelings to God right now by asking him to point out anything in you that
offends you?


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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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