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Psalms 5-6

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God's Righteousness, Protection, and Discipline

Psalms 5-6

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Lesson Number 3

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. Godly believers pray in line with the Word of God.
  2. Godly believers acknowledge the discipline of God.

Practical Application

  1. Pray every morning!
  2. Let the Lord turn the tables!

Questions

  1. How does internal opposition to the work of the Lord usually occur?
  2. How did David respond to the internal opposition he faced?
  3. At what time of day should you pray?
  4. What kind of psalms are Psalms 5 and 6?
  5. In his prayer of confession, on what does David base his hope of restoration (Psalm 6:4-5)?

Answers

  1. It is usually through unreliable words or subtle flattery to manipulate.
  2. He brought his problems before the Lord every morning and then waited for God’s answer.
  3. You should pray all throughout the day. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 says to “Pray without ceasing.” The morning is an especially good time to bring the day’s problems and responsibilities before the Lord and ask for His help.
  4. They are both psalms of individual lament, and both were put to music. Psalm 6 can also be considered a penitential psalm, since David recognizes that his sickness or injury was allowed by the Lord to be used as discipline in his life as king.
  5. David is confident that he will be restored based on God’s mercy and lovingkindness. Also, if David had died, he would not be able to praise the Lord from the grave.

Discuss/Consider

  1. Read through Psalm 5 and discuss how David’s prayer was not simply based on what he wanted, but it was in the line with the Word of God. How can you ensure that your prayers are in line with God’s Word?
  2. Not every illness or injury is a form of God’s discipline! But the Lord can use illness and injury as discipline. Discuss the important step of recognizing when you are under discipline. In what ways do you repent and seek restoration?

Challenge

  1. What better way to start your day than with prayer? Why not pray in the morning?

Key Verses

  • "My voice You shall hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning I will direct it to You, and I will look up." Psalm 5:1 "Depart from me, all you workers of iniquity; for the LORD has heard the voice of my weeping. The LORD has heard my supplication; the LORD will receive my prayer." Psalm 6:8-9
  • “You are My Son, today I have begotten You.” Psalm 2:7

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