A Psalm of David: When He Pretended To Be Insane Before Abimelech (Psalm 34)

Scripture Text:

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Psalm 34

Questions:

1. Read 1 Samuel 21:10 – 15 to see what prompted this psalm (“Abimelech” may be a title used by King Achish). If you were David, would you write a psalm praising God for deliverance, or one congratulating yourself for a clever ploy?

2. This psalm has two parts. Where do you think the dividing line is? What subtitle would you give the first half? The rest?

3. How could David “taste and see” that the Lord is good? Is he saying the righteous will never die of hunger (verse 10)?

4. What promises do you see in this psalm? Which one has your name on it?

5. What destroys the wicked (verse 21)? Why doesn’t God intervene?

6. The apostle Peter uses this psalm to comfort those who suffer for doing good (verse 8; see 1 Peter 2:3, 12 – 16; I Peter 3:10 – 12). How do you reconcile the “good things” the Lord promises with the acute suffering experienced by some Christians?

7. How does the Christian life “taste” to you: Sweet? Sour? Spicy? Salty? Bitter? Bland? Why? Or have you only sampled God? Why is that?

8. The apostle John saw verse 20 fulfilled in Jesus (see John 19:36). What was significant about the bones (see Exodus 12:46)? How might this psalm be Jesus’ testimony, as well as David’s?

9. [If you are a Christian,] in what way is this psalm also your testimony (verse 22, see Romans 8:1)?

10. What does it mean to “seek peace and pursue it” (verse 14)? How does it apply to God? Others? Society?

11. Would “casual” or “relentless” better describe your pursuit of peace this week? Why?

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One comment on “A Psalm of David: When He Pretended To Be Insane Before Abimelech (Psalm 34)

  1. Pingback: When You Must Act Insane, Psalm 34 | Psalmslife.com ♥

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