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?


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