Study Guide – Psalm 144:9-15

Psalm144-9-15

9 I will sing a new song to you, O God!
    I will sing your praises with a ten-stringed harp.
10 For you grant victory to kings!
    You rescued your servant David from the fatal sword.
11 Save me!
    Rescue me from the power of my enemies.
Their mouths are full of lies;
    they swear to tell the truth, but they lie instead.

12 May our sons flourish in their youth
    like well-nurtured plants.
May our daughters be like graceful pillars,
    carved to beautify a palace.
13 May our barns be filled
    with crops of every kind.
May the flocks in our fields multiply by the thousands,
    even tens of thousands,
14     and may our oxen be loaded down with produce.
May there be no enemy breaking through our walls,
    no going into captivity,
    no cries of alarm in our town squares.
15 Yes, joyful are those who live like this!
    Joyful indeed are those whose God is the Lord. NLT

 

Quick, if you've got a ten-stringed harp, get it out and start praising God… Oh, wait, you don't have one? Well, then, how will you worship the Lord? Why would David have mentioned singing praises with this harp?

 

What's going on in verse 11?

 

Look at verses 12-14. What is David's long-term vision concerning the battle he is about to enter?

 

Describe the generational and community aspects to David's vision.

 

How do the two lines of verse 15 go together?

 

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

In the troubling times that David faced, he had a vision for what the future could look like if God came through for him in battle. As you face difficulties ahead, what vision do you have? How does God fit into it? As in verse 15, how could you be sure that your vision and God's lordship are congruent?

 

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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