Study Guide – Psalm 55:1-8


1 Listen to my prayer, O God.
    Do not ignore my cry for help!
2 Please listen and answer me,
    for I am overwhelmed by my troubles.
3 My enemies shout at me,
    making loud and wicked threats.
They bring trouble on me
    and angrily hunt me down.

4 My heart pounds in my chest.
    The terror of death assaults me.
5 Fear and trembling overwhelm me,
    and I can’t stop shaking.
6 Oh, that I had wings like a dove;
    then I would fly away and rest!
7 I would fly far away
    to the quiet of the wilderness. Interlude
8 How quickly I would escape—
    far from this wild storm of hatred.


What was the last thing you were stressed about? How did you deal with it?


Look at verses 1-2. Have you ever felt the way the writer, David, feels here? Describe that time. 


In verses 3-5, what troubles does David say that he is facing?


In verses 6-8, what does David wish would be different?



Does it surprise you that this great hero of the Bible expresses such a deep desire to escape? Why do you think David would reveal this level of anxiety? What could you apply to your own life from these verses?


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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