Study Guide – Psalm 84:8-12



8 O Lord God of Heaven’s Armies, hear my prayer.
Listen, O God of Jacob.

O God, look with favor upon the king, our shield!
Show favor to the one you have anointed.

10 A single day in your courts
is better than a thousand anywhere else!
I would rather be a gatekeeper in the house of my God
than live the good life in the homes of the wicked.
11 For the Lord God is our sun and our shield.
He gives us grace and glory.
The Lord will withhold no good thing
from those who do what is right.
12 O Lord of Heaven’s Armies,
what joy for those who trust in you. NLT



Read verse 8 and then take a moment to ask this same request of the Lord. As you do this, consider what it is you would like the Lord to hear from you today.


Look at verse 9. What request did the writer of Psalm 84 want the Lord to hear? Why would that be the writer’s request?


Is verse 10 true in your own experience? Is there anywhere else you’d rather be? Explain your reaction to these questions.


How does verse 11 gives the reason for verse 10?


How does the first phrase of verse 12 make the last phrase possible?



Set yourself to memorize verses 10-12. Repeat them again and again until the words become a part of your heart.

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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