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 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
 I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” Psalm 91:1-2

When you are attacked or betrayed by someone close to you, the world can feel very unsafe. The Psalmist faced such things as I do and you may.

He speaks of the “secret place of the Most High” which reminds me that God keeps me near Him–in a place only He and I know of–a place outside of time and space–a place of relationship. I am with Him. He will never leave or forsake me.

The psalmist uses the name “Most High” and I am reminded that no one is stronger or more powerful than my God. He is the greatest ally because He is all-powerful. He has no rival–no equal.

When he says, “shall abide,” I hear the promise of God that I will always live with Him–nothing can separate us.

The “shadow of the Almighty” speaks of protection. The sun can be relentless in Israel. A shadow is a place of escape from the heat, a cool pocket of relief from the elements and the danger of exposure.

God is my refuge–a place to hide from my trouble, to retreat from the world that wants too much and offers too little.

God is my fortress–I love that image. God is a huge castle behind the wall of which I am safe and protected from my enemies.

See also Philippians 4:4-9; Psalm 34:17-19

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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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