Study Guide – Psalm 144:1-8

Psalm144-1-8

1 Praise the Lord, who is my rock.
    He trains my hands for war
    and gives my fingers skill for battle.
2 He is my loving ally and my fortress,
    my tower of safety, my rescuer.
He is my shield, and I take refuge in him.
    He makes the nations submit to me.

3 O Lord, what are human beings that you should notice them,
    mere mortals that you should think about them?
4 For they are like a breath of air;
    their days are like a passing shadow.

5 Open the heavens, Lord, and come down.
    Touch the mountains so they billow smoke.
6 Hurl your lightning bolts and scatter your enemies!
    Shoot your arrows and confuse them!
7 Reach down from heaven and rescue me;
    rescue me from deep waters,
    from the power of my enemies.
8 Their mouths are full of lies;
    they swear to tell the truth, but they lie instead. NLT

 

David begins this psalm, as so many of his psalms, with praise. What does this teach us about approaching God in prayer?

 

In verses 1-2, how does David believe God is preparing him for battle?

 

In verses 3-4, what does David say about humans? What perspective about his enemies and about himself does this give David before going to battle?

 

Describe how David would like the Lord to battle in verses 5-7.

 

From verse 8, give the reason David wants the Lord to battle on his side. With this in mind, what does David imply about himself?

 

::::: APPLICATION CHALLENGE :::::

Take a moment to pray about the significant thoughts that emerged from this study.

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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