Study Guide – Psalm 118:19-21



19 Open for me the gates where the righteous enter,
    and I will go in and thank the Lord.
20 These gates lead to the presence of the Lord,
    and the godly enter there.
21 I thank you for answering my prayer
    and giving me victory! NLT


In its historical context, what “gates” does this passage have in mind?


How would these verses relate to a gathering of church in our culture?


Which parts of these verses might be difficult for people to appreciate today?


How does the writer’s declaration in verse 21 influence his thoughts in verses 19-20?



Our ability to recognize God’s work and then to be thankful in prayer impacts our desire to gather with other believers in order to worship God. Take a moment to gauge the condition of your heart, to recognize what God has done for you, and then to pray with thankfulness. Repeat this exercise throughout the next several days and follow it up by connecting with other believers for church.

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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