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Psalm 9

We have been posting a series of bible studies in the book of Psalms. If you missed the introduction, you can find it at this link: Introduction to Psalms

Read Psalm 9
1. What background and/or historical knowledge do you have for this Psalm?

2. What do you learn about God from this psalm?

3. What does David say about the nations? The wicked?

4. What does David ask God for in this psalm?

See also related studies in the book of Psalms: Psalm 1, Psalm 2, Psalm 3, Psalm 4, Psalm 5, Psalm 6, Psalm 7, and Psalm 8

 

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Psalm 8

Read Psalm 8
This is a Psalm of Praise. It is often categorized further as a creation psalm. Other creation Psalms include Psalm 19:1-6; Psalm 33 and Psalm 104.

1. What background and/or historical knowledge do you have for this Psalm?

2. What does David say about God in this psalm?

3. What does David say about man in relationship to God?

4. What does David say about man in relationship to the animals, fish, etc.?

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Psalm 7

Read Psalm 7
1. What background and/or historical knowledge do you have for this Psalm?

2. What is the significance (meaning) of the name “Yahweh?”

3. What is David asking for in this psalm?

4. What does “selah” mean or signify?

5. How does David describe the evil or wicked one?

6. What do you learn about God’s character in this psalm? (verses 9, 10, 11, 12, 13)

7. What is the change that occurs from the beginning of the psalm to the end in the mind/emotions of the psalmist?

8. What is the significance (meaning) of the name “Most High” (El Elyon) in verse 17?

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Psalm 6

Read Psalm 6

1. What background and/or historical knowledge do you have for this Psalm?

2. What is the prayer of David to God in the opening verses?

3. What do you learn about David’s situation, mental state? Give verses to support.

4. Where does the transition in tone occur in this psalm?

Going deeper: What does “sheminith” mean?

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Read Psalm 5
Because the Psalm is short, try to read it over several times during the week. Maybe even in different translations.

Psalm 5 is considered an individual lament psalm because it is a cry for help to God in a time of distress.

1. What background and/or historical knowledge do you have for this Psalm?

2. What is the Psalmist asking of God in the opening verses?

3. What does David (Psalmist here) have to say about God’s conduct and character? (Verses 3-6)

4. How does David describe his time with God? (Verses 7-8)

5. How does David describe his adversaries?
Going Deeper: From what you know of his life, who were some of David’s adversaries?

6. What do you learn about David from this Psalm? God? Believers (those who love God/righteous)?

7. What application can you make to your own life?

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Psalm 4

Read Psalm 4
1. What does David ask of God in verse 1?

2. What 2 things does David know about God according to verse 3?

3. What instructions does David give in Psalm 4:4-5?

4. What does verse 7 teach us about God?

5. What does David tell us about his sleep in verse 8?

6. How can you apply the promises and instructions of this psalm to your own life? Give examples.

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Psalm 3

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According to the Open Bible this is “a lament, which contains elements of both petition and praise. Many of the laments end on a note of praise, signifying that the psalmist had prayed through his problem and realized god’s presence, care, and eventual resolution of the difficulty.”

1. Re-read the story of David when he fled from Absalom in 2 Samuel 15:13-17. This Psalm was written by David during this time period. What does David tell the LORD in this Psalm?

2. What is the progression of ideas in the Psalm – is David in the same place at the end as he was at the beginning? What is different?

3. How does David describe God in the psalm?

4. What did God do for David according to the Psalm?

5. In this Psalm, David expresses confidence in God – what do you think is the reason for this confidence in God on David’s part?

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