Study Guide – Psalm 115:9-18

Psalm115-9-18

O Israel, trust the Lord!
    He is your helper and your shield.
10 O priests, descendants of Aaron, trust the Lord!
    He is your helper and your shield.
11 All you who fear the Lord, trust the Lord!
    He is your helper and your shield.

12 The Lord remembers us and will bless us.
    He will bless the people of Israel
    and bless the priests, the descendants of Aaron.
13 He will bless those who fear the Lord,
    both great and lowly.

14 May the Lord richly bless
    both you and your children.
15 May you be blessed by the Lord,
    who made heaven and earth.
16 The heavens belong to the Lord,
    but he has given the earth to all humanity.
17 The dead cannot sing praises to the Lord,
    for they have gone into the silence of the grave.
18 But we can praise the Lord
    both now and forever!

Praise the Lord! NLT

What does it mean to have God as your “helper” and “shield”?

 

Do you need God to take this sort of action in your life? Explain by using real-life examples.

 

How do verses 12-13 relate to 9-11?

 

Verses 14-15 are a prayer of blessing. If you could pray this blessing for specific people in your life, who would you want to bless? Why is that?

 

How does verse 16 make the prayer of blessing possible?

 

Out of context, verses 17-18 might seem odd. How do they relate back to the first 8 verses of this psalm?

 

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

The challenge to the reader of Psalm 115 is to trust the Lord. Does this thought challenge you? In what areas of your life could you give the Lord more glory and trust the Lord more?

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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