Study Guide – Psalm 36

Psalm36

1 Sin whispers to the wicked, deep within their hearts.
    They have no fear of God at all.
2 In their blind conceit,
    they cannot see how wicked they really are.
3 Everything they say is crooked and deceitful.
    They refuse to act wisely or do good.
4 They lie awake at night, hatching sinful plots.
    Their actions are never good.
    They make no attempt to turn from evil.

 

Verses 1-4 paint a picture of wicked people. Have you ever known anyone who fits this description?

 

In your opinion, what aspect of verses 1-4 is the most disturbing?

 

5 Your unfailing love, O Lord, is as vast as the heavens;
    your faithfulness reaches beyond the clouds.
6 Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains,
    your justice like the ocean depths.
You care for people and animals alike, O Lord.
7     How precious is your unfailing love, O God!
All humanity finds shelter
    in the shadow of your wings.
8 You feed them from the abundance of your own house,
    letting them drink from your river of delights.
9 For you are the fountain of life,
    the light by which we see.

 

Verses 5-9 present a dramatic contrast to verses 1-4. Compare how God is different from wicked people.

 

In your opinion, which aspect of verses 5-9 is the most encouraging?

 

10 Pour out your unfailing love on those who love you;
    give justice to those with honest hearts.
11 Don’t let the proud trample me
    or the wicked push me around.
12 Look! Those who do evil have fallen!
    They are thrown down, never to rise again. NLT

 

In response to the stark contrast between the wicked and God, David offers a prayer in verses 10-12. Describe David's prayer.

 

::::: EQUIPPING CHALLENGE :::::

Write your own prayer as a response to the contrast between the wicked and God. Like David did, make your prayer practical for your own circumstances.

 

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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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