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Psalm 44

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The Lord is Praised for Past Victories and Petitioned for Deliverance

Psalm 44

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Lesson Number 32

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. Past victories for God’s people should result in praise to the Lord.
  2. Present sufferings of God’s people should result in prayer to the Lord.

Practical Application

  1. Remember the context of Romans 8:36!

Questions

  1. How are the psalms divided?
  2. Psalm 44 is a national lament psalm. What does this mean?
  3. In verses 17-22, the psalmist claims that the nation was innocent of any wrong doing. When could these conditions have been present in the nation of Israel?
  4. According to verses 4-8, in what were the people putting their confidence?
  5. What do you do if you are being oppressed in some way as Israel was and you don’t understand why God is allowing it?

Answers

  1. The psalms are divided into three books. Book 2, consisting of Psalm 42-72, begins with a section of psalms written by the sons of Korah.
  2. In a national lament psalm, the writer is speaking on behalf of the nation. We see here that Israel is facing a national crisis; they had been invaded by a foreign army which had taken away the spoils of war.
  3. Certainly not during the time leading up to the Babylonian captivity. One possible time period would be during the reign of good King Hezekiah (2 Chronicles 31-32). The enemy oppressing the nation during Hezekiah’s day was Sennacherib and the Assyrian army.
  4. Their confidence was not in bows and arrows and swords, but in the name and power of the Lord.
  5. You pray! Psalm 44:26

Discuss/Consider

  1. Past victories for God’s people should result in praise to the Lord. Have you experienced the Lord’s victory in time of sickness, physical danger, or spiritual warfare? Do you remember to look back and praise the Lord for this?
  2. When we are in difficult circumstances it often seems we try many different solutions to the problem before we remember to pray! Have you seen this as true in your own life. Why do you think this happens? How can we remember to turn to God in prayer right away rather than later on?

Challenge

  1. In Romans 8, Paul quotes Psalm 44:22. He uses this verse as proof that God does not forsake His people. Even if the Lord allows you to be martyred, you are never forsaken or separated from His love.

Key Verses

  • “You have saved us from our enemies, and have put to shame those who hated us.” Psalm 44:7
  • “You have given us up like sheep intended for food, and have scattered us among the nations.” Psalm 44:11 “Arise for our help, and redeem us for Your mercies’ sake.” Psalm 44:26

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