5 Let all that I am wait quietly before God,
for my hope is in him.
6 He alone is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress where I will not be shaken.
7 My victory and honor come from God alone.
He is my refuge, a rock where no enemy can reach me.
8 O my people, trust in him at all times.
Pour out your heart to him,
for God is our refuge.
9 Common people are as worthless as a puff of wind,
and the powerful are not what they appear to be.
If you weigh them on the scales,
together they are lighter than a breath of air.
10 Don’t make your living by extortion
or put your hope in stealing.
And if your wealth increases,
don’t make it the center of your life.
11 God has spoken plainly,
and I have heard it many times:
Power, O God, belongs to you;
12 unfailing love, O Lord, is yours.
Surely you repay all people
according to what they have done. NLT
Read verses 5-6 over and over again. How difficult is the first line of verse 5 for you to practice? How difficult are the other lines for you to believe?
Notice that verses 5-6 are identical to verses 1-2? Why do you think David, the writer of this psalm, repeated himself?
Considering what’s happening in the first part of this psalm (enemies trying to kill him, others spreading lies and plotting to betray him), how does verse 7 work?
In verse 8, to whom does David shift his attention? Why would this be important to him?
From what David has experienced, what teaching does he want people will learn in verses 9-12?
::::: APPLICATION CHALLENGE :::::
What aspect of this passage do you most need to make a part of your walk with God in the next 24 hours? Take some time to pray about that.