Study Guide – Psalm 30:6-12

6 When I felt secure, I said,

    “I will never be shaken.”
7 Lord, when you favored me,
    you made my royal mountain stand firm;
but when you hid your face,
    I was dismayed.

8 To you, Lord, I called;
    to the Lord I cried for mercy:
9 “What is gained if I am silenced,
    if I go down to the pit?
Will the dust praise you?
    Will it proclaim your faithfulness?
10 Hear, Lord, and be merciful to me;
    Lord, be my help.”

What caused David to have self-esteem issues?


From what you read in verses 8-10, how did David deal with his insecurity?


What argument did David use in verse 9 to receive God's "favor"?


11 You turned my wailing into dancing;
    you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy,
12 that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent.
    Lord my God, I will praise you forever. NIV

Describe the difference in the visuals David uses in verse 11 to describe the dramatic impact the Lord had on him.


What does it mean to you personally that David experienced extreme emotions in his life?

Which emotion in Psalm 30 do you feel most fits your circumstances today: Wailing or Dancing?


Which prayer in Psalm 30 do you feel most fits your circumstances today: Dispairing requests or Songs of praise?


::::: Application Challenge :::::

Take time to speak with the Lord about whatever this psalm has triggered in your heart today.

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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