A Psalm of David: When the Philistines Had Seized Him In Gath (Psalm 56)

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Psalm 56


1. If you collected all the tears you shed in recent years, how much water would you have?

  • a glass
  • a bucket
  • swimming pool
  • Niagara Falls

2. What is the silliest thing you are afraid of?

3. This psalm reflects First Samuel 21:10 – 15, where David flees Saul by escaping to Gath (Goliath’s hometown). How desperate must David be to jump out of the frying pan into the fire? Where do you see that despair reflected in this psalm?

4. What’s happening to David (verse 5 and 6)? How would you feel in his place, hunted by your former friends?

5. What does it mean that God “records your tears” (verse 8)?

6. Is David invincible (verses 4 and 11)? What does it mean to trust God in fearful circumstances? How is such trust demonstrated? How is it rewarded?

7. Does being afraid lead you to trust God more, or less? Conversely, does not trusting God lead you to be more afraid? Less? Why? How can you choose faith when you are afraid?

8. Which gets more notice from God: Your tears? Your sins? Your praises to Him? Your petitions to Him? Why?

9. In front of whom can you cry openly?

10. If God is with us, why do we fear human threats so much? Can head knowledge of God alleviate fears, which are emotional? How do you overcome fear?



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