I will be writing a short Bible study to accompany each chapter of my book. Would you prayerfully consider using the following study of Psalm 56 during your quiet time over the next week……and then leave me feedback?
End of chapter Bible study for Chapter 11:
“What time I am afraid, I will trust in Thee” Psalm 56:3
1) Pray: Ask the Holy Spirit to open your heart and mind as you read His Word
2) Read Psalm 56
This is a prayer for relief from tormentors. David composed this psalm when the Philistines captured him in Gath.
Whether it is physical enemies or the invisible enemies of our souls, this psalm provides us with answers on how to engage in battle.
3) Read verses 1–2
A) What is the first thing David asks of God in verse 1?
As blind Bartimaeus of old (see Mark 10:46–52), our heart’s first cry should be an utterance for mercy (or grace).
B) What does Lamentations 3:22 tell us about God’s mercies (or compassions)?
C) What does verse 2 tell us about our visible and invisible enemies?
If they do not rest in their pursuit of us, should we rest from prayer and the Word?
Do these verses tell us David had only one enemy to contend with or many?
D) Read 1 Thessalonians 5:16–18.
What does verse 16 tell us to do?
E) Close in prayer using Psalm 54.
Optional: Do a word study on mercy and grace.
1) Pray: Before opening the Scriptures, spend a few minutes in prayer asking the Holy Spirit to illumine your heart.
2) Read Psalm 56 all the way through at least two times
3) Read verses 3–4
A) What emotion was David feeling in verse 3? What was his solution for dealing with his fear in verse 3?
B) What was his solution for dealing with his fear in verse 4?
C) Do you ever spend time “praising God’s Word”?
D) What can man do to us? Read Matthew 10:28 to find out.
Have you professed Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior? If so, your soul is the property of Jesus!
Close by spending time in prayer praising God’s Word. Use Psalm 119:9–16 as a guide.
Optional: Do a word study on fear.
1) Pray: Ask the Holy Spirit to show you great and mighty things from His Word.
2) Read Psalm 56
3) Focus on verses 5–7
A) In verse 5, what does David say that they do to his words?
Has anyone ever twisted your words and used them against you? As the Holy Spirit brings these wounds to your mind, ask Him to heal and cleanse you of the pain.
B) We know that the wicked hate us, but did you know you have an enemy of your soul?
Satan and his demons hate us, and their thoughts toward us are evil.
Read 1 Peter 5:8
What are we told to do to avoid falling into Satan’s trap?
Remember, if you are a child of God, the only one who has access to your soul is the Holy One of Israel!
C) Spend time in prayer pleading the shed blood of Jesus upon you and your loved ones.
1) Pray: Ask the Holy Spirit to make God’s Word come alive in your heart.
2) Read Psalm 56 slowly out loud
3) Read verses 8–11
A) What does verse 8 tell us that our tender Father does for us?
What does this tell us about His amazing love for us?
B) In verse 9, what happens to David’s enemies when he cries out to God? How does he know this is true?
C) Meditate on Romans 8:38–39, and Isaiah 54:17
Do these verses cast away your fear and flood your soul with peace?
Optional: Find at least five verses in Scripture that describe God’s love for you
1) Pray: Ask the Holy Spirit to show you any sin you are clinging to in your heart. Confess and ask His forgiveness. Hiding our sin can give the enemy a foothold.
2) Read Psalm 56, making it your prayer of forgiveness
3) Read verses 12–13
A) Verse 11 sounds like verses 3 and 4. What is David reminding himself of?
When you find yourself under oppression, as a follower of Christ, remind yourself in whom you have put your trust.
Ask yourself what your physical and spiritual enemies can do to you. Can they take away your salvation? Read John 10:29.
B) What do you think verse 12 means when it says, “Thy vows are binding upon me”?
Matthew Henry states: “It ought to be the matter of our consideration and joy that the vows of God are upon us—our baptismal vows renewed at the Lord’s Table, our occasional vows under convictions, under corrections, by these we are bound to live to God.”
C) List the things that God has done for David in verse 13. Can we say the same thing?
D) Close your time in prayer by praising God for the great things He has done for you!
Optional: Find at least five verses that have to do with vows.