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1. Has your experience in dating or business made you feel people cannot be trusted? If not, what percentage would you say are honest?
2. Do you owe anyone a lot of money? How do you plan to pay it off?
3. Why is the psalmist so devoted to God (verses 1 and 2)? Is this a good reason? What trouble had apparently befallen him (verses 3 and 4)?
4. What does the psalmist mean by “simple-hearted” (verse 6; see also Psalm 19:7 and Proverbs 1:4)? Who was perhaps responsible for his “great need”?
5. What clues do you find in verses 8 – 11 about the psalmist’s problems? What did he “believe” (verse 10)?
6. How will the psalmist try to repay the Lord (verses 12 – 14, 17 – 19)? What is the “cup of salvation” (verse 13; see Genesis 14:18; 1 Corinthians 10:16)? What vows are fulfilled in public (verse 14, 18; see Leviticus 7:12 – 15)?
7. What do you make of verse 15 (see Psalm 72:14)? Why do you think the psalmist put it here?
8. What choices were given to slaves upon release (verse 16; see Deuteronomy 15:12 – 17)? What choice does the psalmist make?
9. Is your devotion to God based on what God has done for you? What personal needs does God supply for you?
10. What does God’s “tuned ear” (verse 2) say about how He feels about you? How can you strive to imitate God’s readiness to listen?
11. When has God rescued you from danger of distress?
12. Have you ever been naive, much to your regret? Has life made you cynical in any way? For what past innocence or simplicity do you long?
13. What thank offerings could you give to God?