Study Guide – Psalm 52:6-9

Psalm52-6-9

 

6 The righteous will see it and be amazed.
    They will laugh and say,
7 “Look what happens to mighty warriors
    who do not trust in God.
They trust their wealth instead
    and grow more and more bold in their wickedness.”

8 But I am like an olive tree, thriving in the house of God.
    I will always trust in God’s unfailing love.
9 I will praise you forever, O God,
    for what you have done.
I will trust in your good name
    in the presence of your faithful people.

  

As you begin, take a moment to read the first 5 verses of this psalm. What was on David's heart as he wrote these words?

 

Now look at verses 6-7. How will the righteous respond to God's justice?

 

Look at verses 8-9. Why is the word "but" in here?

 

The Bible often uses the image of tree to help us visualize what it means to follow God (e.g. Psalm 1; Colossians 2:7; etc.). In this psalm, why do you think David compares himself to a thriving olive tree?

 

::::: APPLICATION CHALLENGE :::::

Do you reflect the sort of heart that is embedded in these verses? What could you do today to set your heart more like the righteous?

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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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