Study Guide – Psalm 70

Hasten, O God, to save me;
    come quickly, Lord, to help me.

This is another psalm written by David. David has been called "a man after God's own heart" (1 Samuel 13:14). But then how could David find himself in a situation where he is crying out for God to save him?

May those who want to take my life
    be put to shame and confusion;
may all who desire my ruin
    be turned back in disgrace.
May those who say to me, “Aha! Aha!”
    turn back because of their shame.
But may all who seek you
    rejoice and be glad in you;
may those who long for your saving help always say,
    “The Lord is great!”

Is what David prays in verses 2-3 actually okay to pray? Do you ever think this way? Would you dare to pray this way?

After praying the way he did in verse 1-3, why is it important that David includes the prayers of verse 4?

But as for me, I am poor and needy;
    come quickly to me, O God.
You are my help and my deliverer;
    Lord, do not delay. NIV

This psalm is actually rather bleak, isn't it? How does this psalm help give you a fuller picture of what it means to have "a heart after God's own heart"?

Is there anything today in which you (or someone you know) need to deliverance? Using each verse of this psalm as an outline, take time to pray specifically for God to come quickly and not delay.



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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