Study Guide – Psalm 140:1-5


1 O Lord, rescue me from evil people.
    Protect me from those who are violent,
2 those who plot evil in their hearts
    and stir up trouble all day long.
3 Their tongues sting like a snake;
    the venom of a viper drips from their lips.

4 O Lord, keep me out of the hands of the wicked.
    Protect me from those who are violent,
    for they are plotting against me.
5 The proud have set a trap to catch me;
    they have stretched out a net;
    they have placed traps all along the way. NLT


Read verses 1-3. Psalm 140 is a psalm of King David. From what you know if his life and times, what kind of threats could he have been facing when he wrote this psalm?


What does verse 3 trying to say? What modern day examples could you give of this sort of behavior?


David is held in history as a brilliant military strategist and proven warrior in battle. And yet, he didn’t feel like he could trust in his talent and experience in this moment. describe David’s situation and outlook in verses 4-5.



In what area of life are you most talented and experienced? What would it take for you to get to a point where you trusted God more than your giftedness or expertise? What could you specificallly do to trust God (and not your talent) to preserve you over the next 24 hours?

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.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s