Study Guide – Psalm 116:1-5


1 I love the Lord because he hears my voice
    and my prayer for mercy.
2 Because he bends down to listen,
    I will pray as long as I have breath!
3 Death wrapped its ropes around me;
    the terrors of the grave overtook me.
    I saw only trouble and sorrow.
4 Then I called on the name of the Lord:
    “Please, Lord, save me!”
5 How kind the Lord is! How good he is!
    So merciful, this God of ours! NLT


Can you relate to verse 1? Why or why not?


Verse 2 gives a picture to God’s desire to answer our prayers. What does this image reveal about the writer’s relationship with God?


Look at verses 3-5. Describe the extreme experiences the writer of this psalm has had. Also describe the extreme bond this has given him with God.


Do most people believe the Lord is “kind” or “good” or “merciful”? Why would you answer yes or no?



If you were in a time of need, would you call out to the Lord? Starting right now, take the opportunities of trouble or concern that you have in the next 24 hours to pray… and to expect God to be kind, good and merciful in his answer.

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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