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Psalm 31

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David Calls on the Lord, and Thanks Him for Answering His Prayers

Psalm 31

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Lesson Number 22

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. The experiences of David in Psalm 31 have personal applications.
  2. The experiences of David in Psalm 31 have prophetic implications.

Practical Application

  1. Let’s stop bowing to idols!

Questions

  1. How could we outline Psalm 31?
  2. What is the possible occasion for this psalm?
  3. What terms does David use to describe the Lord as his security?
  4. How does Luke 22:31-32 relate to this psalm?
  5. What verse from this psalm did the Lord quote on the cross?

Answers

  1. -verses 1-6: Prayer for Deliverance -verses 7-8: Praise for Deliverance -verses 9-18: Prayer for Deliverance -verses 19-22: Praise for Deliverance -verses 23-24: A call for all believers to praise the Lord
  2. This was probably written during the time of Saul’s persecution of David, while he was besieged in Keilah (1 Samuel 23).
  3. -My refuge – verse 2 -My stronghold and fortress – verse 2 -My rock – verse 3
  4. In verses 7-8, David praises the Lord that he has not been handed over to the enemy, similarly to Peter in the Luke passage. Thank the Lord for keeping you out of the hands of Satan, who would just love to get hold of you and destroy your faith.
  5. Verse 5, see Luke 23:4-6

Discuss/Consider

  1. Reading this psalm of David is like traveling through valleys and mountains with him. This psalm has a lot of personal application, because life consists of highs and lows. Are you in a valley or on a mountaintop in your Christian life right now? Which verses in this psalm are most encouraging to you?

Challenge

  1. Are you completely trusting the Lord for your care, protection, and guidance? Where is your trust for yourself, your family, and your future?

Key Verses

  • "In You, O LORD, I put my trust; let me never be ashamed; deliver me in Your righteousness." Psalm 31:1
  • "But as for me, I trust in You, O LORD; I say, 'You are my God.' My times are in Your hand." Psalm 31:14-15

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