Study Guide – Psalm 102:12-17



12 But you, O Lord, will sit on your throne forever.
    Your fame will endure to every generation.
13 You will arise and have mercy on Jerusalem
    and now is the time to pity her,
    now is the time you promised to help.
14 For your people love every stone in her walls
    and cherish even the dust in her streets.
15 Then the nations will tremble before the Lord.
    The kings of the earth will tremble before his glory.
16 For the Lord will rebuild Jerusalem.
    He will appear in his glory.
17 He will listen to the prayers of the destitute.
    He will not reject their pleas. NLT


If you are able, read through the first 11 verses of this psalm again. What is the emotional state of the writer?


When someone is in distress, how could the words of verse 12 be a steadying truth?


Look at verse 13. What promise has God made? Why should this be encouraging?


In times of distress, why is the focus of verse 14 an important one to maintain?


Look at verses 15-17. What does the Old Testament story of Jerusalem teach us about our place in God’s bigger plans?


::::: DIGGING DEEPER :::::

What is translated in English as “Jerusalem” in Hebrew is actually “Zion”. If you are able, study the background “Zion” to understand the role of this location in the Gospel promises of God.

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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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