Study Guide – Psalm 17:1-5

Psalm17-1-5

1 Hear me, Lord, my plea is just;
    listen to my cry.
Hear my prayer—
    it does not rise from deceitful lips.
2 Let my vindication come from you;
    may your eyes see what is right.

3 Though you probe my heart,
    though you examine me at night and test me,
you will find that I have planned no evil;
    my mouth has not transgressed.
4 Though people tried to bribe me,
    I have kept myself from the ways of the violent
    through what your lips have commanded.
5 My steps have held to your paths;
    my feet have not stumbled. NIV

 

Describe the troubles the writer of this psalm is experiencing.

 

How can the writer of this psalm be so confident in verse 3? Practically, how is this possible?

 

Why do you think the writer suggests "night" as a time when God tests him?

 

What proofs of innocence does the writer offer?

 

If God were to examine you at night, would you have the same confidence? Why or why not?

 

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

How is the Holy Spirit urging you to respond to these first 5 verses of Psalm 17?

 

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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