Study Guide – Psalm 118:1



1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good!
His faithful love endures forever. NLT


Stop everything else in the activities of your mind and heart for a moment so that you can focus on the goodness of the Lord.


Brainstorm. From what you know about God, why might the writer of this psalm have concluded that the Lord is good? In the space below, try to come up with at least twelve reasons:



::::: DIGGING DEEPER :::::

In Mark 10:17-18, what is the irony behind Jesus’ question to the “rich young ruler”? What is Jesus trying to help the man understand?


Because the Lord is good, the writer of this psalm then proclaims that we should give thanks to the Lord. Think about the ordinary situations of your own life– How do you normally give thanks (either to others or to the Lord)? In your opinion, would those be sufficient ways to give thanks to God? Why or why not?



What other ways could you show gratitude to the Lord in the next 24 hours?


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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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