Study Guide – Psalm 63:6-11

Psalm 63-6-11

6 I lie awake thinking of you,
    meditating on you through the night.
7 Because you are my helper,
    I sing for joy in the shadow of your wings.
8 I cling to you;
    your strong right hand holds me securely.

9 But those plotting to destroy me will come to ruin.
    They will go down into the depths of the earth.
10 They will die by the sword
    and become the food of jackals.
11 But the king will rejoice in God.
    All who trust in him will praise him,
    while liars will be silenced. NLT


Verse 6 continues this heart-felt prayer of David while he flees for his life in the desert wilderness. Read verses 6-8 and ask yourself what you lie awake at night thinking about. What does it take to have the kind of thoughts-that-keep-you-awake-at-night that David does?


What does the analogy about the "shadow" of God's "wings" mean?


David moves from considering God's protection to the threat of enemies in verses 9-10. But even while he scrambles in the desert to keep alive, what is he convinced will be the outcome?


Think about verse 11 for a moment. Who is the king that David has in mind?



At the end of verse 11 David makes a statement about those who will be able to speak and those who will be silenced. Which group would you expect yourself to be in? Why?

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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