20 May those curses become the Lord’s punishment
for my accusers who speak evil of me.
21 But deal well with me, O Sovereign Lord,
for the sake of your own reputation!
because you are so faithful and good.
22 For I am poor and needy,
and my heart is full of pain.
23 I am fading like a shadow at dusk;
I am brushed off like a locust.
24 My knees are weak from fasting,
and I am skin and bones.
25 I am a joke to people everywhere;
when they see me, they shake their heads in scorn.
26 Help me, O Lord my God!
Save me because of your unfailing love.
27 Let them see that this is your doing,
that you yourself have done it, Lord.
28 Then let them curse me if they like,
but you will bless me!
When they attack me, they will be disgraced!
But I, your servant, will go right on rejoicing!
29 May my accusers be clothed with disgrace;
may their humiliation cover them like a cloak.
30 But I will give repeated thanks to the Lord,
praising him to everyone.
31 For he stands beside the needy,
ready to save them from those who condemn them. NLT
As you begin this study, skim back through verses 1-19 for background, paying particular attention to verse 4. What is David’s situation?
Read verses 20-25. Have you ever prayed to God like this? If so, what was that time like for you?
Describe the extreme feelings David is experiencing as he prays.
Read verses 26-29. What does David ask God to do for him personally and what does David ask God to do publicly?
What does David promise in verse 30?
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Look at verse 31. What does David believe about God? Considering the situation David is in, why would this be both a comforting thought but also troublesome thought for David? What do you learn about the life of faith in God from this passage?