Youth Ministry Lesson on Psalm 17:1-7,15 : Finding Refuge in God’s Presence

As teenagers, navigating through the challenges and pressures of life can feel overwhelming at times. It is during these moments that we need a refuge—a safe place where we can find solace and strength. In Psalm 17:1-7, 15, we discover that our refuge can be found in the presence of God. This passage teaches us how to seek God’s protection, find comfort in His love, and trust in His guidance. Today, we will explore this powerful message and understand why it is essential for teenagers to grow their faith in God.

Bible Reading 1: Psalm 17:1-2

“Hear, O Lord, my righteous plea; listen to my cry. Give ear to my prayer—it does not rise from deceitful lips. May my vindication come from you; may your eyes see what is right.”

  • In these verses, the psalmist pours out his heart to God, seeking His attention and guidance. He acknowledges the righteousness of his plea and desires vindication from God.
  • As teenagers, have you ever felt the need to cry out to God in a similar way? How does it make you feel to know that God listens to your prayers?


  • The psalmist’s plea for God to hear his cry reflects a deep relationship with God, where he confidently approaches Him in times of need.
  • We too can find refuge in God’s presence by cultivating a personal relationship with Him through prayer and seeking His will.

Discussion Questions

  1. How does knowing that God listens to our prayers affect the way we approach Him?
  2. Share a time when you felt the need to cry out to God. How did it impact your faith?

Bible Reading 2: Psalm 17:3-4

“Though you probe my heart, though you examine me at night and test me, you will find that I have planned no evil; my mouth has not transgressed. Though people tried to bribe me, I have kept myself from the ways of the violent through what your lips have commanded.”

  • In these verses, the psalmist affirms his innocence and integrity before God. He expresses his loyalty to God’s commandments.
  • As teenagers, how do you strive to follow God’s commandments in a world that often promotes contrary values?


  • The psalmist’s commitment to righteousness and obedience demonstrates the importance of living a life that aligns with God’s Word.
  • As teenagers, we are called to be different from the world around us, making choices that reflect our faith in God.

Discussion Questions

  1. What challenges or temptations do you face as a teenager in following God’s commandments?
  2. How can we encourage one another to make choices that honor God’s Word in our daily lives?

Bible Reading 3: Psalm 17:5-7

“My steps have held to your paths; my feet have not stumbled. I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer. Show me the wonders of your great love, you who save by your right hand those who take refuge in you from their foes.”

  • In these verses, the psalmist expresses his confidence in God’s faithfulness and protection. He acknowledges that God saves those who seek refuge in Him.
  • How does this passage inspire you to trust in God’s love and protection, especially when faced with challenges?


  • The psalmist’s unwavering faith in God allows him to walk confidently in God’s paths, knowing that God will answer his prayers and show His great love.
  • We too can find strength and courage to navigate through life’s challenges by trusting in God and seeking refuge in His presence.

Discussion Questions

  1. Share a time when you experienced God’s love and protection in your life.
  2. How can we remind ourselves daily to trust in God’s faithfulness and seek refuge in His presence?

Bible Reading 4: Psalm 17:15

“As for me, I will be vindicated and will see your face; when I awake, I will be satisfied with seeing your likeness.”

  • In this verse, the psalmist expresses his ultimate desire—to see God’s face, to be satisfied in His presence, and to be vindicated.
  • What does it mean to you to see God’s face and be satisfied in His likeness?


  • The psalmist’s longing to see God’s face reflects the desire for a deep and intimate relationship with God, where all doubts and fears are washed away.
  • As teenagers, we can also strive to cultivate a longing for God’s presence and develop a longing to be more like Him.

Discussion Questions

  1. How can we cultivate a desire to see God’s face and be satisfied
  2. How can we cultivate a desire to see God’s face and be satisfied in His likeness?
  3. What steps can we take to deepen our relationship with God and experience His presence in our daily lives?

Youth Group Game: “Refuge Relay”

Objective: To reinforce the concept of finding refuge in God’s presence.


  1. Divide the group into teams.
  2. Set up a relay race course with obstacles, such as cones or hurdles.
  3. Each team member takes turns navigating the course while holding a Bible.
  4. At each obstacle, the team member must read a designated verse related to finding refuge in God.
  5. Once they finish reading, they can proceed to the next obstacle and hand off the Bible to the next team member.
  6. The first team to complete the relay wins.

Closing Prayer

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank you for the powerful message we have learned today about finding refuge in Your presence. Help us, as teenagers, to trust in You with all our hearts and seek solace in Your loving embrace. Guide us in living a life that reflects Your commandments and empowers us to make choices that honor You. May we continually long to see Your face and be satisfied in Your likeness.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Remember, as you go about your week, take time to reflect on the lessons learned today and apply them to your daily life. Seek refuge in God’s presence and trust in His guidance. He is always there for you, ready to listen and provide the strength you need.

Stay strong in your faith, knowing that God is with you every step of the way!

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