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Personal Bible Study Guide for Psalm 46

CONTENT QUESTIONS (answers based on the text)

  • What are God’s characteristics in this psalm? How does the writer describe God?
  • Based on this psalm, what results come from trusting God to be our refuge, strength, and help? What’s the evidence in someone’s life when they trust God?
  • Reread verses 2-3. These things don’t literally happen, so what’s the point of this word picture? Does this psalm give us any clues to this question?
  • According to this Psalm, how can we make God our refuge, strength, and help? What steps can we take to trust him more?
  • Why does God tell us to “be still and know?” How is that helpful?
  • Based on this psalm, what are we to know about God? This question is essentially the same as the first one, but now that you’ve looked deeper into the text, would you add anything to your answer?

APPLICATION QUESTIONS (answers based on the text, reflection, and experience)

  • Other than God, what are some common places people look to for refuge, strength, and help?
  • What keeps a person from being still? What keeps you from being still before God?
  • Go deeper with the same question: The ancients didn’t have social media, the internet, or even fast food. They walked everywhere and had plenty of time to think! Why would they have a problem with being still?
  • Re-read vv. 2-3. Describe a time when your life felt like this. When did you face trouble? What happened? Was God the one you trusted?
  • Reread v. 10. This psalm makes a connection between personal worship (being still) and public worship (the nations will exalt God). An individual’s choice to be still and know God leads to others exalting God. How does this happen? What are some ways that our inner worship is noticed on the outside by others?
  • One key theme in this psalm is the presence of God, it is mentioned in nearly every section (vv. 1, 4, 5, 7, and 11). For you personally, why is this a vital truth to remember in times of trouble? Why does it matter that God is close?