Study Guide – Psalm 50:1-6



1 The Lord, the Mighty One, is God,
    and he has spoken;
he has summoned all humanity
    from where the sun rises to where it sets.
2 From Mount Zion, the perfection of beauty,
    God shines in glorious radiance.
3 Our God approaches,
    and he is not silent.
Fire devours everything in his way,
    and a great storm rages around him.
4 He calls on the heavens above and earth below
    to witness the judgment of his people.
5 “Bring my faithful people to me—
    those who made a covenant with me by giving sacrifices.”
6 Then let the heavens proclaim his justice,
    for God himself will be the judge. NLT


Read the first line of the first verse and pause. Do you really believe this? How will your answer to that question impact the way you read the rest of this passage?



Describe the geography of verses 1-2.



Look at verse 3. In this particular circumstance, how does the writer of this psalm describe the way God spoke?



In verses 4-6, why did God have people gathering together?



Who are the witnesses God will call upon in this courtroom scene?



What might ‘justice’ or ‘judgment’ mean for the people in this psalm?




This psalm demonstrates that sometimes listening to God doesn’t always bring us an encouraging message. If God spoke to you today, would there be anything He would have to say to you that would be hard to hear? Take some time to pray 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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