Study Guide – Psalm 71:1-4


1 O Lord, I have come to you for protection;
    don’t let me be disgraced.
2 Save me and rescue me,
    for you do what is right.
Turn your ear to listen to me,
    and set me free.
3 Be my rock of safety
    where I can always hide.
Give the order to save me,
    for you are my rock and my fortress.
4 My God, rescue me from the power of the wicked,
    from the clutches of cruel oppressors. NLT

As you read verses 1-4, think about what a “refuge” provides for someone.


If the Lord became your constant “refuge”, how would that impact both the big moments and the everyday ordinary moments of your life?


What other things do you use as your “refuge”? Where else besides God do you run when you are tired, scared or frustrated? Which of those are healthy and which are unhealthy?


How does a person make the Lord their constant refuge?



In the  next 24 hours, practice seeking refuge in the Lord in every circumstance, whether the challenge is enormous or routine. In the process, consider how this changes your perspective on each event.

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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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