Study Guide – Psalm 147:1-6



1 Praise the Lord!

How good to sing praises to our God!
    How delightful and how fitting!
2 The Lord is rebuilding Jerusalem
    and bringing the exiles back to Israel.
3 He heals the brokenhearted
    and bandages their wounds.
4 He counts the stars
    and calls them all by name.
5 How great is our Lord! His power is absolute!
    His understanding is beyond comprehension!
6 The Lord supports the humble,
    but he brings the wicked down into the dust. NLT


Verse 1 begins with "Praise the Lord!" (or "Hallelujah!"). This is a command. Take some time to do what this verse says.


The background of this psalm refers to a time when people were returning to Israel after years of being dispersed by war and government decrees. How would it have felt to be an Israelite refugee to be allowed back home to participate in the rebuilding of your homeland?


Look at verse 3. What does God do?


How do verse 3 and verse 4 go together?


Take a moment to explore why verse 5 is true.


Look at verse 6. What does God do? How does this fit with the first five verses?



How does verse 6 fit you?


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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