Study Guide – Psalm 106:13-18



13 Yet how quickly they forgot what he had done!
    They wouldn’t wait for his counsel!
14 In the wilderness their desires ran wild,
    testing God’s patience in that dry wasteland.
15 So he gave them what they asked for,
    but he sent a plague along with it.
16 The people in the camp were jealous of Moses
    and envious of Aaron, the Lord’s holy priest.
17 Because of this, the earth opened up;
    it swallowed Dathan
    and buried Abiram and the other rebels.
18 Fire fell upon their followers;
    a flame consumed the wicked. NLT

Have fun brainstorming on this thought for a moment: Think of all the things that God has done that you have forgotten about.


Just prior to this section of verses, the writer of Psalm 106 recalled all that God had done in Egypt during the Exodus. But now the writer points out that the people of Israel had forgotten what God had done for them. How do the actions of the people in verses 13-18 prove their forgetfulness?


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

If you’d like, to better understand the background of these details, skim chapters 11-16 of Numbers. Would you have participated had you been there? Why or why not?


In retrospect, what does our questioning of God prove?


What feelings do you experience as you study this section of the Psalms?



The intention of this psalm is to encourage people to accept their standing before the Lord and to respond in praise (see verses 1-2). In what ways is that purpose working in you and in what ways is that purpose failing to take full root in you?

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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