Study Guide – Psalm 68:7-14

Psalm68-7-14

7 O God, when you led your people out from Egypt,
    when you marched through the dry wasteland, Interlude
8 the earth trembled, and the heavens poured down rain
    before you, the God of Sinai,
    before God, the God of Israel.
9 You sent abundant rain, O God,
    to refresh the weary land.
10 There your people finally settled,
    and with a bountiful harvest, O God,
    you provided for your needy people.

11 The Lord gives the word,
    and a great army brings the good news.
12 Enemy kings and their armies flee,
    while the women of Israel divide the plunder.
13 Even those who lived among the sheepfolds found treasures—
    doves with wings of silver
    and feathers of gold.
14 The Almighty scattered the enemy kings
    like a blowing snowstorm on Mount Zalmon. NLT

 

Psalm 68 is attributed to David. What do you imagine in the message David is trying to convey in verses 7-10?

 

What message is David trying to convey in verses 11-14?

 

Go back through verses 7-14 one more time. As you do, identify those ideas that are large in scale and those that are smaller, those things that are powerful and those that are more intimate. What do you learn about God from this perspective?

 

Simple but profound question: Why might David need to remind himself of these things?

 

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

In your own life, try to recall when God was mighty and when God was personal (perhaps even both at the same time). Take a moment to share your thoughts and memories with God personally.

 

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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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