A Prayer of David (Psalm 17)

Scripture Text:

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Psalm 17

Questions:

1. When have you felt singled out for punishment by your parents, your teacher or your boss? Was it ever for something you didn’t do? How did you feel then?

2. When do you feel terrified? Did your worst fears come true?

3. Does David think he is without sin (verses 3 – 5)? Or is he merely contrasting himself with his enemies (verses 9 – 12)? What else might he be saying?

4. Although he calls on God as a judge (verse 1 – 5), how does David relate to him (verses 6 – 9)?

5. Of the three things that he prays for – justice (verses 1 – 5), protection (verses 6 – 9), and God’s fellowship (verse 15) – what does David desire most? Why do you think so?

6. “When I awake” (verse 15) may be a metaphor for resurrection (see Isaiah 26:19; Daniel 12:2)? What reward does David wish for his enemies (verse 14)?

7. On what basis do you make your plea before God: your integrity? the heartlessness of your enemies? God’s love? Some combination? Or do you rarely see God as Judge?

8. What makes the biggest difference in how and why you live compared with people who do not know God:

  • God’s love?
  • God’s righteousness?
  • God’s reward?

9. In what situation now do you need deliverance from people or forces that seem out to get you?

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