Study Guide – Psalm 34:15-22



15 The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
    and his ears are attentive to their cry;
16 but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil,
    to blot out their name from the earth.

17 The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them;
    he delivers them from all their troubles.
18 The Lord is close to the broken-hearted
    and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

19 The righteous person may have many troubles,
    but the Lord delivers him from them all;
20 he protects all his bones,
    not one of them will be broken.

21 Evil will slay the wicked;
    the foes of the righteous will be condemned.
22 The Lord will rescue his servants;
    no one who takes refuge in him will be condemned. NIV-UK


This may sound like a silly question, but from what you see in verses 15-16, what do God and Superman have in common?


How are God's people described in verses 17-18?


Shouldn't God's people never experience pain, or hurt, or trouble? 


Look back through this psalm and describe what David experienced:

  • verse 4 ____________________________________
  • verse 6 ____________________________________
  • verse 10 ___________________________________
  • verse 15 ___________________________________


Why do you think a broken heart is so much a part of our life even after we start following God?


Look at verses 19-22. Everyone experiences trouble. But what is the major difference between those who follow God and those who don't in terms of the outcomes of trouble?



Pray that God will prepare you to call on him the next time you experience trouble. 

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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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