Psalm 36 – 39

Psalm 36

  1. Note the contrast in this psalm in the attitude, action and end of the wicked and of those who know the Lord. What should this teach us: (a) to avoid, and (b) to do?
  2. Which of God’s attributes are extolled here and what blessing flow from them? Are you living in the enjoyment of these blessings? Do you pray, as the psalmist did, for their continuance?

Psalm 37:1-20

  1. What things are we told to do in these verses, and what reasons are we given for this?
  2. What positive counsels are contained in verses 1-11? Note also the promises attached. How far are you personally obeying these injunctions?

Psalm 37:21-40

  1. Verses 21-31. This section of the psalm expands in fuller measure what was said of the reward of the righteous in verses 4, 6, 9, 11. What do verses 21-31 say about the righteous? How do you measure up to this description?
  2. On what does the salvation (past, present and future) of the righteous depend? See verses 22, 23, 24, 28, 33, 39, 40.

Psalm 38

  1. If this psalm was written when David’s great sin first came to light and struck dismay and horror into the hearts of his friends, can we wonder that its tone is so subdued? How great the contrast with Ps. 35! What light does the psalm throw on the effects of discovered sin in the life of a believer?
  2. The three divisions of this psalm are marked by the fact that they all begin with an address to God. Do you discern a progress in faith from one section to the next?

Notes

  1. Verse 5. ‘My wounds’:i.e., my stripes, a poetic description of God’s scourging.
  2. Verse 11. ‘My wounds’: his friends regard him with horror as if he were a leper.

Psalm 39

  1. Why was the psalmist at first silent, and why did he break silence and speak? When he gave utterance to his thoughts, to whom did he speak? What can we learn from this? Cf. Ps. 62.8; Jas. 3:5, 6.
  2. It seems that God had many lessons to teach David, and that after is fall his eyes were opened to some of them in a new why. Discover from this psalm what some these lessons were, and ask yourself, ‘Have I learnt them?
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