Study Guide – Psalm 80:4-7

Psalm80-4-7

 

4 O Lord God of Heaven’s Armies,
    how long will you be angry with our prayers?
5 You have fed us with sorrow
    and made us drink tears by the bucketful.
6 You have made us the scorn of neighboring nations.
    Our enemies treat us as a joke.

7 Turn us again to yourself, O God of Heaven’s Armies.
    Make your face shine down upon us.
    Only then will we be saved. NLT

 

How would you describe the tone of these verses?

 

What deep feelings does the writer let out?

 

What types of circumstances would lead someone to pray like this?

 

Does God actually reject prayers? Explain your thoughts:

 

Does God actually feed people with sorrow?

 

What does the writer hope to accomplish by stating what he does in verse 6?

 

Verse 7 is identical to verse 3. Why would the writer repeat these words?

 

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

Is “faith” in God big enough to express frustrations and doubts in prayer? How could voicing deeply felt concerns to God actually be a sign of trust in God? With these thoughts in mind, take some time to pray deeply from your heart.

 

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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