Study Guide – Psalm 89:38-45

Psalm89-38-45

 

38 But now you have rejected him and cast him off.
    You are angry with your anointed king.
39 You have renounced your covenant with him;
    you have thrown his crown in the dust.
40 You have broken down the walls protecting him
    and ruined every fort defending him.
41 Everyone who comes along has robbed him,
    and he has become a joke to his neighbors.
42 You have strengthened his enemies
    and made them all rejoice.
43 You have made his sword useless
    and refused to help him in battle.
44 You have ended his splendor
    and overturned his throne.
45 You have made him old before his time
    and publicly disgraced him. NLT

 

Who is the “king” that the people have rejected in verse 38?

 

What covenant have the people renounced in verse 39? How does this relate to the covenant God has made with David (verses 3-4, 19-37)?

 

Reading verse by verse, describe the rejection of the king in verses 40-45.

 

40:

41:

42:

43:

44:

45:

 

How would it feel to be the rejected king in this passage? Why do you say this?

 

How does it feel to be among those who are rejecting the king? Why do you say this?

 

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

Do you identify more with the rejected king in these verses or with the rebellious people in verses 38-45? Take some time to pray about your response.

 

 

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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