Study Guide – Psalm 66:8-15


8 Let the whole world bless our God
    and loudly sing his praises.
9 Our lives are in his hands,
    and he keeps our feet from stumbling.
10 You have tested us, O God;
    you have purified us like silver.
11 You captured us in your net
    and laid the burden of slavery on our backs.
12 Then you put a leader over us.
    We went through fire and flood,
    but you brought us to a place of great abundance.

13 Now I come to your Temple with burnt offerings
    to fulfill the vows I made to you—
14 yes, the sacred vows that I made
    when I was in deep trouble.
15 That is why I am sacrificing burnt offerings to you—
    the best of my rams as a pleasing aroma,
    and a sacrifice of bulls and male goats. NLT


Do you want verse 8 to happen? Why or why not?


What does verse 9 mean? Considering how often trouble occurs in our lives, how can verse 9 be true?


Describe what the writer is referring to in verses 10-12: (Use verse 6 as a hint if needed.)


Notice how the writer moves from “We” to “I” in this section. When this psalm was written, how could the writer see himself so personally involved in the events that occurred to Israel in the past?



Like the writer of this psalm, your story intersects with what God has done throughout history. How are you personally involved today in what God has done in the past? How are you involved today in the events of the Bible?


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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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