The life of the Psalter


The Psalter is my absolute favorite part of scripture. When I encounter the words of the Psalmist, I find myself drawn closer to God and closer to my own humanity. The words are raw and beautiful, painful yet healing. During the course of this study, my hope is that students will be able to find their own voice as a Psalmist as they communicate and have a relationship with God.

Dr. de-Claissé-Walford states, “The Bible is described as ‘the word of God’- the words of the creator, redeemer, and sustainer of the world- to humanity…But we encounter something different in the Psalter. Its pages record, for the most part, not the words of God to humanity, but the words of humanity to God.”

In the next few weeks, students and youth minister alike will take a journey to find their own words, their own Psalms, to express their feelings toward God.



The life of the Psalter | Bible Study

by Justin Sizemore

At Youth Ministry Conversations, we believe you know your group best. This means our resources look a little different than what you may have experienced in the past. We try and create a “buffet” of material so you can choose and pick what works best for your group. You will find ideas, instructions, and possibilities in this packet all related to the theme of “The Stories of the New Testament.” How you use them, and how you structure your study is up to you. We hope you enjoy this resource and return in the future to check out other materials.
This Study: 
The life of the Psalter is rich and powerful. Through study of the Psalter we can hear the voices of real people crying out to God and sharing their own experiences with God. Our students need to know that all their emotions are valid to God. Through study of the Psalter, our students will see that real people, who wrote things that made it into the Bible, expressed their honest feelings before God. Throughout this study, I hope students come to see that they can praise God and speak with God on their best days and their difficult days; that it is okay to lament and to ask God why; that it is okay to praise God for doing good things in their lives. Students will learn they can look to the Psalter and see that they don’t have to fake their emotions around God, but they can bring all of themselves, praises, laments, fears, and doubts, before God.

Lessons Included:

1 What are the Psalms? Page 4
2 Praise and Thanksgiving Page 8
3 Lament Page 13
4 Wisdom and Creation Page 17
5 The Imprecatory Life Page 21

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The life of the Psalter is written by Justin Sizemore

Justin is a graduate of Georgetown College and McAfee School of Theology. He and his wife Abby have one daughter, Ann-Thomas and one fur-baby, Rosie. He is the Minister to Students at Calvary Baptist Church in Lexington, KY.


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