Study Guide – Psalm 68:1-6

Psalm68-1-6


1 Rise up, O God, and scatter your enemies.

    Let those who hate God run for their lives.
2 Blow them away like smoke.
    Melt them like wax in a fire.
    Let the wicked perish in the presence of God.
3 But let the godly rejoice.
    Let them be glad in God’s presence.
    Let them be filled with joy.
4 Sing praises to God and to his name!
    Sing loud praises to him who rides the clouds.
His name is the Lord—
    rejoice in his presence!

5 Father to the fatherless, defender of widows—
    this is God, whose dwelling is holy.
6 God places the lonely in families;
    he sets the prisoners free and gives them joy.
But he makes the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land. NLT

 

Describe the boldness of verses 1-2. In our day of political correctness, where does this sort of conviction come from?

 

Compare the request in verse 3 to the request of the first two verses.

 

In verse 4, the writer of the psalm shifts attention to the “godly”. What does the writer expect the godly to do? What does God’s name have to do with their actions?

 

According to verses 5-6, who is the Lord? How close does your life come to following his habits?

 

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

Which focus of this psalm stood out to you the most: Boldness against the wicked, praise from the godly, or the identity of the Lord? After considering why you thought this, take a moment to respond in prayer.

 

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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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