Youth Ministry Lesson on Psalm 85: Discovering Forgiveness, and Peace

As teenagers, we face numerous challenges and uncertainties that can sometimes leave us feeling overwhelmed. In these moments, it is crucial to turn to God’s Word for guidance, comfort, and renewal. Psalm 85 offers a powerful message of hope, restoration, and the faithfulness of God. By exploring this passage together, we can deepen our understanding of God’s character and learn how to navigate difficult times with unwavering trust in Him.

Bible Reading #1 – Psalm 85:1-2 (NIV)

1 You, LORD, showed favor to your land; you restored the fortunes of Jacob. 2 You forgave the iniquity of your people and covered all their sins.


  • The psalmist acknowledges God’s favor and restoration upon the land and people of Israel.
  • Highlight the significance of forgiveness and the covering of sins as an expression of God’s love and faithfulness.

Discussion Questions:

  1. How does it feel to know that God restores the fortunes of His people?
  2. Why is forgiveness important in our relationship with God and others?

Bible Reading #2 – Psalm 85:8-9 (NIV)

8 I will listen to what God the LORD says; he promises peace to his people, his faithful servants— but let them not turn to folly. 9 Surely his salvation is near those who fear him, that his glory may dwell in our land.


  • Emphasize the importance of actively listening to God’s voice and following His wisdom.
  • Discuss the promise of peace and salvation for those who fear and honor God.

Discussion Questions:

  1. How can we actively listen to God’s voice in our daily lives?
  2. What are some practical ways we can demonstrate our fear and reverence for God?

Bible Reading #3 – Psalm 85:10-13 (NIV)

10 Love and faithfulness meet together; righteousness and peace kiss each other. 11 Faithfulness springs forth from the earth, and righteousness looks down from heaven. 12 The LORD will indeed give what is good, and our land will yield its harvest. 13 Righteousness goes before him and prepares the way for his steps.


  • Discuss the beautiful imagery of love, faithfulness, righteousness, and peace intersecting.
  • Highlight God’s goodness, provision, and the assurance that He prepares the way for His plans.

Discussion Questions:

  1. How do love, faithfulness, righteousness, and peace intertwine in our lives?
  2. What are some ways we can actively participate in God’s plan and prepare the way for His steps?

Youth Group Game: “Righteous Relay”

Divide the students into teams and set up a relay race. Each team member must complete a task that reflects righteousness, such as helping someone, showing kindness, or offering encouragement. The team that finishes the relay first, with each member successfully completing their righteous task, wins the game.

Closing Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the powerful message of hope and restoration found in Psalm 85. Help us to always trust in Your faithfulness and seek Your wisdom in every aspect of our lives. May Your love, righteousness, and peace guide us as we navigate the challenges of our teenage years. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

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