Study Guide – Psalm 31:6-8


Psalm31-6-8


6
 I
hate those who cling to worthless idols;


    as
for me, I trust in the Lord.


I will be glad and
rejoice in your love,


    for
you saw my affliction


    and
knew the anguish of my soul.


You have not given
me into the hands of the enemy


    but
have set my feet in a spacious place. NIV

 

This
psalm has been attributed to David. According to our society’s standards today,
perhaps you could say that David wasn’t always “politically correct” in his comments.
For instance, if you were to speak his statement in verse 6, how might many
people in our culture today react?

 

In
what circumstances do you think it is okay to “hate”?

 

Remembering
that David was a battle-proven warrior, that enemies surrounded Israel, and
that he may even have been the king when this psalm was written, how do his
comments in these verses take on a more urgent meaning?

 

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

In
terms of a spiritual battle, how could we, as followers of Jesus today, be under
similar circumstances?

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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