Study Guide – Psalm 71:19-21

Psalm71-19-21

 

19 Your righteousness, O God, reaches to the highest heavens.
    You have done such wonderful things.
    Who can compare with you, O God?
20 You have allowed me to suffer much hardship,
    but you will restore me to life again
    and lift me up from the depths of the earth.
21 You will restore me to even greater honor
    and comfort me once again. NLT

 

Take a moment to ponder verse 19.

 

What sorts of “wonderful things” has God done?

 

Who can compare with God? Why or why not?

 

After considering verse 19, does the first line of verse 20 surprise you? Why are many people who follow God surprised by the truth of this first line?

 

How must the writer of this psalm have learned this perspective he has in verses 20-21?

 

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

Consider people that you know who are going through troubling circumstances. What realities of life and faith do verses 19-21 could help them during this time? Take a moment to pray for someone going through difficulty… and how you might be able to walk alongside them with the truths from this passage.

 

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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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