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Psalm 30: Waiting for Security

For more context before you begin studying, read this introduction to the book of Psalms.

Major corporations are laying off large numbers in the latest rage of downsizing. Those who have gotten a pink slip do their best to cover it, but you can see the pain in their eyes.

One of our basic human needs is security. In the end, if our security, in any area, is dependent on our own resources and abilities, then we must live in constant vigilance. How much better if the Creator of the universe were in charge of protecting us! In this psalm David relates the experience of looking to God for his security. He found it both a humbling and thrilling experience.

Warming Up to God

Imagine that you have turned off the radio that is blaring away inside you. Sit for a while in the quiet. You may find that there are protests inside. What are your thoughts and impressions?

Read Psalm 30

Discovering the Word

  • No one knows for sure what the problem was, but from the words "depths," "healed," "enemies," "grave" and "pit" what possible dangers may David have been facing?
  • Read the whole psalm again. List the range of emotions that is described.
  • What insight into life does David gain by acknowledging that painful as well as pleasurable experiences come from God (v. 5)?
  • How do verses 6-7 describe David's sense of dependence on God?
  • What reasons does David present to God in favor of his deliverance (vv. 9-10)?
  • Look over the entire psalm. How would you describe David's relationship with God?

Applying the Word

  • Difficult circumstances can cause us to reflect on the character of God. How have the circumstances of your life affected your relationship with God?
  • David expresses some of the ups and downs of his life. Consider the last six months to year of your life and chart your ups and downs.
  • Picture the Lord with you through the ups and downs of your life. How does it help you to know God is with you?

Responding in Prayer

Give thanks to God for the ways he has been a help to you in the hard places of your life.

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