Study Guide – Psalm 71:12-18

Psalm71-12-18

 

12 O God, don’t stay away.
    My God, please hurry to help me.
13 Bring disgrace and destruction on my accusers.
    Humiliate and shame those who want to harm me.
14 But I will keep on hoping for your help;
    I will praise you more and more.
15 I will tell everyone about your righteousness.
    All day long I will proclaim your saving power,
    though I am not skilled with words.
16 I will praise your mighty deeds, O Sovereign Lord.
    I will tell everyone that you alone are just.

17 O God, you have taught me from my earliest childhood,
    and I constantly tell others about the wonderful things you do.
18 Now that I am old and gray,
    do not abandon me, O God.
Let me proclaim your power to this new generation,
    your mighty miracles to all who come after me. NLT

Study verses 12-13. Describe the situation the writer of this psalm is in.

 

Now, describe the determination the writer has in verses 14-16.

 

This psalm is about the Lord being a “refuge” for the writer (see verse 1). In what specific ways does this section of the psalm reveal this theme?

 

Notice how verses 17-18 echo verses 5-9.  What can the experience of years teach us about the circumstances of our life and our relationship with God?

 

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

Consider the way that you have lived your life up to now. Then consider the way that you intend to live your life in the years ahead. Compare your thoughts to this section. How could you apply this psalm as a blueprint for your life?

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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