Study Guide – Psalm 116:15-19


15 The Lord cares deeply
    when his loved ones die.
16 O Lord, I am your servant;
    yes, I am your servant, born into your household;
    you have freed me from my chains.
17 I will offer you a sacrifice of thanksgiving
    and call on the name of the Lord.
18 I will fulfill my vows to the Lord
    in the presence of all his people—
19 in the house of the Lord
    in the heart of Jerusalem.

Praise the Lord! NLT


How do you feel about a “loved one”? How would you feel if you lost a “loved one”? What would you be willing to do to stop this from happening?


Do you think God feels this way about you? Why or why not?


The first 14 verses of this psalm focused on God’s desire to answer our prayers. How does this relate to verses 15-16?


Look again at verse 16. How is God’s care for us related to God’s care for others?



In verses 17-19, describe each of the responses the writer of this psalm promises to give to God.


As you look back on your life, what times can you identify when God answered your prayers?



Because the writer of this psalm had experienced such reward through prayer, the writer of this psalm was driven to praise God. Take a moment to praise God for the answered prayers in your life.

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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