Study Guide – Psalm 80:1-3


1 Please listen, O Shepherd of Israel,
    you who lead Joseph’s descendants like a flock.
O God, enthroned above the cherubim,
    display your radiant glory
2     to Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh.
Show us your mighty power.
    Come to rescue us!

3 Turn us again to yourself, O God.
    Make your face shine down upon us.
    Only then will we be saved. NLT


Look at the first two lines of verse 1. What does each detail tell you about the kind of relationship God wants with us?


Did you notice that Asaph, the writer of this psalm, wants God to listen to him? What does his request tell you about God?


Describe the picture Asaph paints of God in verses 1-2.


According to Asaph’s prayer, what is the only way the people of Israel could be saved?



Take a moment to pray. Use verses 1-3 as your outline.

  1. Begin with a humble request for God to listen…
  2. … but be sure to remember the relationship God wants with you…
  3. … then be sure to focus on God’s greatness…
  4. … then offer the simple request that is on your heart.
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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