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1. Were your parents strict or easy-going? How do you feel about the kind and amount of discipline you received as a child?
2. Are you sure-footed or a bit of a “klutz’? What is the most clumsy thing you’ve ever done?
3. How would you describe the tone of verses 1 – 3? Explain your answer.
- vengeful and bitter
- confident and direct
4. What is the psalmist’s complaint (verse 3)? What is the sin of wicked (verses 4 – 7)? How do they misuse power? Why do they oppress the powerless (verse 7)?
5. What is the psalmist’s warning (verses 8 – 11)? What is his argument? If God created humans, what can we deduce about God? About humanity? Has the psalmist found an answer for verse 3?
6. How does the focus change in verse 12? How is God addressed differently? Why? If wickedness goes unpunished, what can the psalmist hope for the righteous (verses 12, 13)?
7. What kind of “run in” has this writer had with the wicked (verses 16 – 21)? Is he poor? Siding with the poor? A victim of politics? What keeps him going? Has he found peace of mind yet?
8. Have you ever continued doing wrong because no punishment or ill consequences seemed to come? How did you become aware of your misdeeds?
9. What is your feeling about injustice? Why doesn’t God just end it? Is it our job or do we wait for God to intervene and “set the record straight”?
10. When does God seem to come to your rescue?
- when the wave of trouble is approaching
- when your feet get wet
- when you’re shivering and worn out
- when you’re just about to drown
11. In reference to Question #10, how has God rescued you?