Study Guide – Psalm 10:12-18


12 Arise, Lord! Lift up your hand, O God.
    Do not forget the helpless.
13 Why does the wicked man revile God?
    Why does he say to himself,
    “He won’t call me to account”?
14 But you, God, see the trouble of the afflicted;
    you consider their grief and take it in hand.
The victims commit themselves to you;
    you are the helper of the fatherless.
15 Break the arm of the wicked man;
    call the evildoer to account for his wickedness
    that would not otherwise be found out.

16 The Lord is King for ever and ever;
    the nations will perish from his land.
17 You, Lord, hear the desire of the afflicted;
    you encourage them, and you listen to their cry,
18 defending the fatherless and the oppressed,
    so that mere earthly mortals
    will never again strike terror. NIV

On a personal note, why do we need to pray like verse 12? How does this sort of prayer impact a person's heart?

In your opinion, does verse 13 show an attitude of doubt or an attitude of faith? Why do you think so?

Look at verses 14-18. Who does the Lord protect? 

Who does the Lord destroy?

How does verse 17 relate to verse 1 of this psalm?

::::: Equipping Challenge :::::

Psalm 10 is a psalm of justice. After spending time in this psalm, what is God's Spirit prompting you to do?

::::: Digging Deeper :::::

At one time, Psalm 9 and Psalm 10 may have been united as one psalm. How might these two psalms complement one another?


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