Study Guide – Psalm 135:13-21

Psalm135-13-21

13 Your name, O Lord, endures forever;
    your fame, O Lord, is known to every generation.
14 For the Lord will give justice to his people
    and have compassion on his servants.

15 The idols of the nations are merely things of silver and gold,
    shaped by human hands.
16 They have mouths but cannot speak,
    and eyes but cannot see.
17 They have ears but cannot hear,
    and mouths but cannot breathe.
18 And those who make idols are just like them,
    as are all who trust in them.

19 O Israel, praise the Lord!
    O priests—descendants of Aaron—praise the Lord!
20 O Levites, praise the Lord!
    All you who fear the Lord, praise the Lord!
21 The Lord be praised from Zion,
    for he lives here in Jerusalem.

Praise the Lord! NLT

 

Considering the uncertaintly of our lives, what confidence for the future does verse 13 provide?

 

How does verse 14 support verse 13?

 

In verses 15-18, describe the reputation of idols compared to the fame of the Lord.

 

Look at verses 19-20. Who does this psalm say should praise the Lord? (see also verses 1-2) For what personal and community reasons would it important for those who serve the Lord to praise the Lord? What could happen in society if they failed to praise the Lord?

 

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

What could you do to praise the Lord throughout the day today?

 

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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