Saturday, January 5, 2008

Studying Psalm 5

Step ONE - Observation

What are some of the key idea or word that has been repeated throughout the Psalm?

Step TWO - Interpretation


David may have penned psalm 4 in the evening before he went to sleep. And he wrote psalm 5 in preparation for battle in the next morning when he awoke. This psalm is a morning prayer. (Hickey, Psalms)

Q: What is the theme of the psalm?
A : Wickedness and the lies of the enemies will not succeed in attacking the people of God. God is able to defend us from lies spoken against us and negative thoughts lingering around us. He is our shield!

Q: What is the key verse?
A: v. 12 For surely, O LORD, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield.

Q: What gave David the security to lie through the day?
A: He knows of the protection and shield of God over him.

Step THREE - Application

How do we stand against the negative thoughts and battle of everyday life and yet be steadfast and immovable?

1.Live Smartly. Seek the Lord first in the morning.
Prepare yourself for the day by drawing near to the Lord, recognizing the King and God in your life.
2.Lay Safely. Speak of the blessings of God into every situation of the day.
Win the battle of the day in the spirit before a problem even materialize in the natural. The promises of God are for us to claim. V. 11 & 12. Let there be gladness and joy because he is able to protect you!

The Bible Knowledge Commentary (Old Testament; Cook)
The NIV Study Bible
Psalms Classic Library Edition by Marilyn Hickey

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