A Psalm of David: When Saul Had Sent Men To Watch David’s House In Order To Kill Him (Psalm 59)

Scripture Text:

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Psalm 59

Questions:

1. Did you ever write a letter (drafted an email, text message or tweet) in the heat of the moment and then chose not to mail (send) it? Why? Did you send a revised version instead?

2. Have someone ever thrown a surprise party for you? Did you suspect? Did you play into it?

3. Why does David include all Gentiles in his plea (verses 5 and 8)? Is he getting paranoid?

4. What comfort and hope does David draw from the promise of God’s personal and world-wide judgment?

5. What does judgment show about God’s view of injustice in the world? What would it mean if God did not judge evil?

6. How should we pray for criminals or those who persecute God’s people? How do you balance hatred of evil with love for enemies?

7. How would you relate this psalm to the New Testament teaching that suffering is redemptive (see 1 Peter 4:12, 13; Colossians 1:24)?

8. David could easily become a cynic: Why didn’t he? How could David’s use of joyful worship be your freedom from cynicism?

9. In this psalm, is this David the fugitive praying, or David the king? Why do you think so?

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