Study Guide – Psalm 52:1-5


1 Why do you boast about your crimes, great warrior?
    Don’t you realize God’s justice continues forever?
2 All day long you plot destruction.
    Your tongue cuts like a sharp razor;
    you’re an expert at telling lies.
3 You love evil more than good
    and lies more than truth. Interlude

4 You love to destroy others with your words,
    you liar!
5 But God will strike you down once and for all.
    He will pull you from your home
    and uproot you from the land of the living.


Introduction: The NLT textual note for Psalm 52 reads like this: For the choir director: A psalm of David, regarding the time Doeg the Edomite said to Saul, “David has gone to see Ahimelech.” This is an important comment which leads to a background understanding of this psalm. The events surrounding Doeg the Edomite are unimaginably shocking and profane. At some point, to best understand this psalm, take time to read the violent, intriguing events o f 1 Samuel 21-22.


Read verses 1-5. What does David confront in these verses?


In your opinion, is there anyone in our society that needs to be confronted like this? Explain.


What qualifies a person to be able to make an effective confrontation?


In what ways have you ever needed to be confronted like this?



What timeframe do you think David has in mind for this confrontation? What does the answer to this question teach us about how to approach, or to think about, even the worst of sin?



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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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