Study Guide – Psalm 37:34-40

Psalm37-34-40

34 Put your hope in the Lord.
    Travel steadily along his path.
He will honor you by giving you the land.
    You will see the wicked destroyed.

35 I have seen wicked and ruthless people
    flourishing like a tree in its native soil.
36 But when I looked again, they were gone!
    Though I searched for them, I could not find them!

37 Look at those who are honest and good,
    for a wonderful future awaits those who love peace.
38 But the rebellious will be destroyed;
    they have no future.

39 The Lord rescues the godly;
    he is their fortress in times of trouble.
40 The Lord helps them,
    rescuing them from the wicked.
He saves them,
    and they find shelter in him. NLT

 

Take a moment to scan back through all of Psalm 37. How would you summarize the main point of this psalm?

 

What commands are in verses 34-40?

 

What promises are in verses 34-40?

 

Which of these commands and promises should mean the most to you in the next 24 hours?

 

With verses like verse 7 and verse 24 in mind, what does it mean for the Lord ot save the godly?

 

::::: DIGGING DEEPER :::::

Like several other psalms, this psalm is written as an acrostic, meaning each stanza begins with the next Hebrew letter. How does knowing this is a poetic psalm change the way you understand it?

 

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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