Questions Week 5
Psalms Chapters 54-65
What do you think the significance is of the freewill offering in verse 6? Does anybody have an idea how we can replicate this notion in a modern day sense?
David is lamenting and fuming over the betrayal of a close friend. That has got to be one of the worst feelings. The weight of such a betrayal would be crushing. I wonder if that is why David, somehow understanding the threat of being crushed by this betrayal, chose the word “cast” or “hurl” in verse 22. It almost feels like David’s saying to get rid of that weight as fast as possible. What do you guys think?
Psalm 56 (relates to 1 Samuel 21:10-15)
I love that in the middle of chaos and life-threatening circumstances, David boldly proclaims in verse 4, “I shall not be afraid. What can flesh do to me?” and in verse 11, “In God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can man do to me?” These verses remind me of Romans 8:31. It’s not easy to counter every fiber in your being wanting to cave into fear with statements like ‘I shall not be afraid.’ Have any of you experienced this before?
David repeats the phrase “In God, whose word I praise” 3 times throughout the psalm. It seems a little strange. What do you guys think it means, and why do you think it’s so important to him?
Psalm 57 (possibly relates to 1 Samuel 22:1 or 24:3)
David finds himself in perilous conditions, and yet I marvel at his defiant confidence in the Lord. You almost get the feeling he is living in a reality completely separate from his circumstances, a reality of victory and celebration. Have any of you felt like this before, and how did you do it?
This psalm is hard for me to identify with. Have any of you ever been this mad and longed for the kind of vengeance written about here?
I love how there is a shift in demeanor. It’s as if David was in a world fraught with threats and uncertainty and then suddenly, as if transported by the Lord, is taken to another world defined by confidence and rejoicing. How did this happen?
Verse 11 is a good reminder. At times, it feels like things are falling apart and it’s up to us, or “man” as the author puts it, to fix it. But there is no salvation in “man.” Our hope is in the Lord. When we put our hope in “man,” including ourselves, where does it lead?
Verse 2 stuck out to me, specifically “lead me to the rock that is higher than I.” Has David come to the end of himself? Realizing he is not enough, does he cry out for God to lift him higher? This rings true in my own life. I just wonder if we wait too long before we cry out sometimes. Is it necessary to come to the end of ourselves before we cry out, or could we have done so sooner?
I love the resoluteness of this psalm. Such devotion and single-mindedness stirred my soul. What verses captured your heart in this psalm?
Are any of you in a season of “soul thirst,” “earnestly seeking him?”
Much of the anger expressed by David in the Psalms is birthed from betrayal and the conniving of malicious cohorts. I wonder if any of you have known such raw injustice and have wrestled with the hatred David did?
When I read this psalm I think of Jesus:
“When iniquities prevail against me, you atone for our transgressions.” (Verse 3)
“…who stills the roaring of the seas, the roaring of their waves, the tumult of the peoples, so that those who dwell at the ends of the earth are in awe at your signs. You make the going out of the morning and the evening to shout for joy.” (Verses 7-8)
In line with this psalm, why don’t we spend the day lifting up statements of praise via this chat group to Jesus for all that he has done?