Study Guide – Psalm 56:5-13

Psalm56-5-13

5 They are always twisting what I say;
    they spend their days plotting to harm me.
6 They come together to spy on me—
    watching my every step, eager to kill me.
7 Don’t let them get away with their wickedness;
    in your anger, O God, bring them down.

8 You keep track of all my sorrows.
    You have collected all my tears in your bottle.
    You have recorded each one in your book.

9 My enemies will retreat when I call to you for help.
    This I know: God is on my side!
10 I praise God for what he has promised;
    yes, I praise the Lord for what he has promised.
11 I trust in God, so why should I be afraid?
    What can mere mortals do to me?

12 I will fulfill my vows to you, O God,
    and will offer a sacrifice of thanks for your help.
13 For you have rescued me from death;
    you have kept my feet from slipping.
So now I can walk in your presence, O God,
    in your life-giving light. NLT

 

Read verses 5-7. Describe the situation David is in. What does he want from God?

 

In verse 8, David pauses to consider how caring God has been to him during this difficult time in his life. Can you identify with this personally? Explain.

 

Describe David's confidence in God in verse 9.

 

Compare verses 10-11 with verses 3-4 from earlier in this psalm. Why do you think David repeats this idea?

 

Look at verses 12-13 closely. What does David promise to do? 

 

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

What is David's ultimate goal at the end of verse 13? What could you do in the next 24 hours that would help you practice this goal as well?

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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