Study Guide – Psalm 50:7-15



7 “O my people, listen as I speak.
    Here are my charges against you, O Israel:
    I am God, your God!
8 I have no complaint about your sacrifices
    or the burnt offerings you constantly offer.
9 But I do not need the bulls from your barns
    or the goats from your pens.
10 For all the animals of the forest are mine,
    and I own the cattle on a thousand hills.
11 I know every bird on the mountains,
    and all the animals of the field are mine.
12 If I were hungry, I would not tell you,
    for all the world is mine and everything in it.
13 Do I eat the meat of bulls?
    Do I drink the blood of goats?
14 Make thankfulness your sacrifice to God,
    and keep the vows you made to the Most High.
15 Then call on me when you are in trouble,
    and I will rescue you,
    and you will give me glory.” NLT


God is again speaking in verse 7. Compare this to verse 1.


What is God going to be speaking about? How would you feel about this introductory statement if you were one of the people gathered that day?


Look at verses 8-9. In God’s words, what have the people been doing that isn’t necessarily wrong… but also isn’t quite right?


In verses 10-12, what does God want to communicate? What does the Lord want the people to understand?


Think about verses 13-15 for a moment. What does God want from us?


What does God have? What do we have?



This is a scene of judgment, but God offers hope in verse 15. With this in mind, what would you say is the point of verses 7-15 of Psalm 50?

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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