Study Guide – Psalm 57:6-11

Psalm57-6-11

 

6 My enemies have set a trap for me.
    I am weary from distress.
They have dug a deep pit in my path,
    but they themselves have fallen into it.Interlude

7 My heart is confident in you, O God;
    my heart is confident.
    No wonder I can sing your praises!
8 Wake up, my heart!
    Wake up, O lyre and harp!
    I will wake the dawn with my song.
9 I will thank you, Lord, among all the people.
    I will sing your praises among the nations.
10 For your unfailing love is as high as the heavens.
    Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.

11 Be exalted, O God, above the highest heavens.
    May your glory shine over all the earth. NLT

 

 Look at verse 6. Describe David’s situation.

 

Why do you think David writes so often about his enemies and his struggles? What does that reveal about the heart of someone who follows after God?

 

Could you say verse 7 truly from your own heart? Why or why not?

 

Read verse 8. Why does David have to tell his soul to wake up? Why is it important to start our mornings like this?

 

Read verses 9-10. What is it about these verses that so many people throughout history have found to be so inspirational?

 

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

Read verse 11. Notice that it is the same as verse 5. Remember that David wrote this psalm from a situation of intense turmoil. And yet, in the midst of his anxiety, David is somehow able to stop and praise God. How could you bring yourself to do this when your times of trouble come?

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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