Study Guide – Psalm 39:7-13

Psalm39-7-13

7 And so, Lord, where do I put my hope?
    My only hope is in you.
8 Rescue me from my rebellion.
    Do not let fools mock me.
9 I am silent before you; I won’t say a word,
    for my punishment is from you.
10 But please stop striking me!
    I am exhausted by the blows from your hand.
11 When you discipline us for our sins,
    you consume like a moth what is precious to us.
    Each of us is but a breath.

12 Hear my prayer, O Lord!
    Listen to my cries for help!
    Don’t ignore my tears.
For I am your guest—
    a traveler passing through,
    as my ancestors were before me.
13 Leave me alone so I can smile again
    before I am gone and exist no more. NLT

 

In verses 7-8, why does David place his hope in God and not in himself?

 

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

Compare verses 9-11 to Psalm 38. Is David's idea of God's discipline accurate? Why is it sometimes easier for people to run from God’s discipline than to face the consequences of their actions? 

 

How would it change your outlook on life today if verses 12-13 were your attitude?

 

If you were to think of yourself as God’s ‘guest’, in what ways would that transform the way you live?

 

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

Choose 1-2 things from the last question to implement into your identity as God’s guest today. Then take a moment to pray about how to do that.

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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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