Study Guide – Psalm 51:11-15


11 Do not banish me from your presence,
    and don’t take your Holy Spirit from me.

12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
    and make me willing to obey you.
13 Then I will teach your ways to rebels,
    and they will return to you.
14 Forgive me for shedding blood, O God who saves;
    then I will joyfully sing of your forgiveness.
15 Unseal my lips, O Lord,
    that my mouth may praise you. NLT


Why would God banish someone from his presence? Isn't God all-loving?


How are the two lines of verse 12 related to one another?


How is teaching others an important step in David's response to his sin? (Note: Read 2 Samuel 12 for the context of this psalm.)


Is verse 14 even possible? How could it be?


In verse 15, why does David feel like his lips are sealed? Why does he want them unsealed?



First, find an aspect of these verses that you could apply to your own life. With which part do you most identify? Then, using these verses as a guide, spend some time praying about this.

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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