Study Guide – Psalm 18:1-6


Psalm18-1-6

I love you, Lord, my strength.

The Lord is my
rock, my fortress and my deliverer;


    my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge,


    my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise,

    and I have been saved from my enemies.


The cords of death entangled me;


    the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me.


The cords of the grave coiled around me;


    the snares of death confronted me.

In my distress I called to the Lord;

    I cried to my God for help.


From his temple he heard my voice;


    my cry came before him, into his ears.
NIV

 

This psalm is included in 2
Samuel 22 as a recap of David’s life. This is a song attributed to David as he
considered all God had done to rescue him from his encounters with Saul and
other enemies.

 

Verse 1 is quite a personal
way for a king to begin a recap of his life. What do you think made this
veteran warrior express such intimacy to God?

 

Look at David’s
descriptions of God in verses 1-2. Who is the Lord to David?

 

The
Lord is my ______________.

The
Lord is my ______________.

The
Lord is my ______________.

The
Lord is my ______________.

The
Lord is my ______________.

The
Lord is my ______________.

The
Lord is my ______________.

The
Lord is my ______________.

 

Take a moment to consider
how each of those descriptions might have been practically demonstrated in
David’s life.

 

In verse 3-6, David
mentions how he called out to the Lord for help during his life. How is David’s
recollection of events like something out of a zombie movie?

 

What would you say is the
main theme of verses 1-6 of this psalm?

 

:::::
APPLICATION CHALLENGE :::::

Similar to David’s example
in verses 1-2, look back on your life so far and choose 5-8 words that describe
what the Lord has been to you. Then try to articulate why you chose these
words.

 

The
Lord is my ______________.

The
Lord is my ______________.

The
Lord is my ______________.

The
Lord is my ______________.

The
Lord is my ______________.

The Lord is my ______________.

The Lord is my ______________.

The Lord is my ______________.

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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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