Psalm 9 and 10
These psalms were probably originality one, as is shown by the fact of their common ‘alphabetic’ structure. In the LXX they are one psalm. The contents are, however, different. Ps. 9 is mainly a song of praise, celebrating victory over foreign nation; but Ps. 10 consists mainly of prayer, pleading for the overthrow of the wicked within Israel.
- Make a detailed list of the truths we can learn about the Lord from these psalms.
- From Ps. 9 what do we learn of the actions and longings of David, and of his experience of the Lord? Contrast this with the thoughts and actions of the wicked as described in Ps.10. To what extent is your own action, experience and longing similar to David’s?
Psalm 11 and 12
- In Ps.11 why does David not follow the advice of those who see the situation as hopeless (verse 3) and suggest flight? What givens him confidence to stand firm? Do you have this confidence?
- How are the word of man and the Word of God contrasted in Ps. 12?
Note. 11:3. See RV mg. The righteous have not been able to effect any change for the bettery; why then remain in the midst of danger?
Psalm 13 and 14
- In Ps. 13 what is David having to endure? And how does he avoid depression and despair?
- What can we learn from Ps. 14 about the fundamental reasons why men say, ‘There is no God’? Cf. 2 Cor. 4:3, 4. How should this affect our approach to such people? How are they sometimes made aware of the living God?
Psalm 15 and 16
- Go through Ps. 15 verse by verse, and use it as a test for your own life and holiness. Then turn to 1John 1:8, 9.
- What according to Ps. 16 are the marks of the believing person (verses 1-4)? What are their privileges (verses 5-8)? And what are their prospects (verses 9-11)?
- 15:5a. Cf. Lev. 25:35-38; Deut. 23:19, 20. The laws against usury were enacted more as a protection of the poor than against the legitimate use of capital in the interests of trade, cf. Matt. 25:27.
- 16:10. Quoted by Peter (Acts 2:27) and by Paul (Acts 13:35) with reference to Christ. As with Ps. 15, the psalm is fulfilled in him, and in us through him.