Study Guide – Psalm 102:23-28

Psalm102-23-28

 

23 He broke my strength in midlife,
    cutting short my days.
24 But I cried to him, “O my God, who lives forever,
    don’t take my life while I am so young!
25 Long ago you laid the foundation of the earth
    and made the heavens with your hands.
26 They will perish, but you remain forever;
    they will wear out like old clothing.
You will change them like a garment
    and discard them.
27 But you are always the same;
    you will live forever.
28 The children of your people
    will live in security.
Their children’s children
    will thrive in your presence.” NLT

 

After taking a brief interlude exploring an encouraging vision of the future, the writer of this psalm abruptly shifts back to a theme of despair for today. What do verses 23-34 tell you about the situation the writer is in?

 

Look at verses 25-26. When you are in moments of distress, why are the truths of these verses so important to recall?

 

Explore the truth of verse 27. If you were to filter your normal circumstances through these truths, how would you see things differently?

 

Describe the generational vision of verse 28? How would this vision change the way someone lives through distress?

 

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

Memorize verse 27. Go over it again and again in the next 24 hours. Notice how the truth of these words impact the perspective you have throughout each circumstance you face.

 

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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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