Psalm 1 & 2
- In Ps. 1 the righteous and the wicked are contrasted. Compare their characters (verses 1, 2), the pictures given of them and their final end (verses 3-6). In what do you delight? And with whom are you most at ease?
- 2. What is the Lord’s purpose for ‘his anointed’, and what is involved in its accomplishment? Cf. Acts 4:24-28. What response does this demand from men, and what hope does it offer to them?
Psalm 3 – 4
For the probable circumstances of both psalms, see 2 Sam. 15-17.
- 3 is a morning Psalm. As David wakes, what adverse conditions confront him (verses 1, 2)? Cf. 2 Sam. 16:5-8. How does David react (verses 3, 4)? What are the consequences of his trust in the Lord (verse 5-8)? What can we learn from his example?
- 4 is an evening psalm. In verses 2-5, David addresses his adversaries. What counsel does he given them? In what does he find his own strength, joy and security?
- What does this psalm reveal about God? Write out a list of the truths which you discover here, and let them inform your responsive worship.
- The psalm is an example of David at prayer. When, how why and for what does he pray? Do my prayers express the same urgent concern and expectant faith?
Another example of prayer. David seems to have suffered both from sickness and the taunts of his enemies. His sickness gave them occasion to point to him as one ‘smitten of God’.
- Verses 1-7. Explain in your own words the state of David’s heart and mind as he made his prayer. What does he (a) confess to God, and (b) expect from God?
- Note in verses 8-10 how David has come to an assurance of answered prayer and certain deliverance- an assurance which he openly confers before God and men. Have you had any similar experience?
Psalm 7 and 8
- In Ps. 7 David is experiencing persecution. On what grounds does he make his appeal to God (verses 1-11)? In what two ways does he see judgment will overtake the wicked (verses 12-16)? Learn from verse 17 how prayer should end.
- 8. What two truths here make the psalmist worship and wonder? And, more particularly, what is declared here concerning the place of man in the mind and purpose of God? Cf. Heb. 2:5-10.