Study Guide – Psalm 59:11-17

Psalm59-11-17

 

11 Don’t kill them, for my people soon forget such lessons;
    stagger them with your power, and bring them to their knees,
    O Lord our shield.
12 Because of the sinful things they say,
    because of the evil that is on their lips,
let them be captured by their pride,
    their curses, and their lies.
13 Destroy them in your anger!
    Wipe them out completely!
Then the whole world will know
    that God reigns in Israel.

14 My enemies come out at night,
    snarling like vicious dogs
    as they prowl the streets.
15 They scavenge for food
    but go to sleep unsatisfied.

16 But as for me, I will sing about your power.
    Each morning I will sing with joy about your unfailing love.
For you have been my refuge,
    a place of safety when I am in distress.
17 O my Strength, to you I sing praises,
    for you, O God, are my refuge,
    the God who shows me unfailing love. NLT

 

Considering that King Saul had just sent men to kill David, how is verse 11 shocking? Describe what David is confident God can do?

 

How do verses 12-13 go together?

 

Why does David repeat himself in verses 6 and 14?

 

Compare verses 14-15 with verses 16-17.

 

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

Similar to the challenge for verses 1-10, consider how you usually address God and what impact that has on the way you perceive the situation you are in. In verse 17, David address God with a specific title for a reason (Why do you think he choose this title?). In the next 24 hours, choose the way you address the Lord thoughtfully and carefully.

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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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