Study Guide – Psalm 73:13-20

Psalm73-13-20

 

13 Did I keep my heart pure for nothing?
    Did I keep myself innocent for no reason?
14 I get nothing but trouble all day long;
    every morning brings me pain.

15 If I had really spoken this way to others,
    I would have been a traitor to your people.
16 So I tried to understand why the wicked prosper.
    But what a difficult task it is!
17 Then I went into your sanctuary, O God,
    and I finally understood the destiny of the wicked.
18 Truly, you put them on a slippery path
    and send them sliding over the cliff to destruction.
19 In an instant they are destroyed,
    completely swept away by terrors.
20 When you arise, O Lord,
    you will laugh at their silly ideas
    as a person laughs at dreams in the morning. NLT

 

What is it that makes the writer of this psalm so frustrated in verses 13-14? (Hint: Take a quick look back through verses 1-12.)

Can you relate to how he feels? What sort of experiences do you have like this?

 

Who is the writer talking to in verse 15? What is his point?

 

Look at verse 16. Why is this such a difficult question to answer?

 

Look at verses 17-20. What conclusions did the writer develop?

 

How did he come to these conclusions?

 

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

How does this psalm confirm what Jesus said in John 12:25? What difference should this make in your life over the next 24 hours?

 

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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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