Study Guide – Psalm 54

Psalm54

1 Save me, O God, by your name;
    vindicate me by your might.
2 Hear my prayer, O God;
    listen to the words of my mouth.

3 Arrogant foes are attacking me;
    ruthless people are trying to kill me—
    people without regard for God.

4 Surely God is my help;
    the Lord is the one who sustains me.

5 Let evil recoil on those who slander me;
    in your faithfulness destroy them.

6 I will sacrifice a freewill offering to you;
    I will praise your name, Lord, for it is good.
7 You have delivered me from all my troubles,
    and my eyes have looked in triumph on my foes. NIV

 

This psalm has
been attributed to David. What does David’s cry in verses 1-2 reveal about David's understanding of God?

 

::::: DIGGING DEEPER :::::

Read, or glance over, 1 Samuel 23. Describe the different
emotions David must have been experiencing as he was betrayed.

 

Describe
David’s situation verse 3. Have you ever felt like this? What would you do if you were
in this situation?

 

Look at verse 4. How could
David say that God is his “helper” when he find himself in so much trouble?

 

How do you
feel about David’s request in v 5?

 

Describe the
confidence of faith David has in verses 6-7.

 

:::::EQUIPPING
CHALLENGE :::::

What situation do you have today that would be helped by
this kind of faith-full confidence?

 

::::: DIGGING DEEPER
:::::

Go back to 1 Samuel 23. How is God’s protection of David
revealed in the story of Saul’s pursuit of David, the betrayal of the local
Ziphites, and David’s dramatic escape?

 

 

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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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