These daily online studies are adapted from our Quiet Time Bible Guide. The studies go through the Old and New Testaments in just over two years. The approach taken by our quiet time Bible studies does not include answers. The goal of the study is to help you dig into Scripture for yourself. You can go deeper using a commentary, Bible background guide or Bible handbook.
For more context before you begin studying, read this introduction to the book of Psalm.
Our need for God's presence and care in our lives is a daily reality. However, when life is good we may be unaware of our need. As C. S. Lewis wrote in A Grief Observed, sometimes "life is so good," we may be "tempted to forget our need of him." But there are times in our lives when we are acutely aware of our need of God. In times of distress, when we are threatened with loss or harm or even with death, we remember our need for God and we turn to him with great urgency. Some people feel that they cannot bring their troubles to God. I have often heard people say, "I can't turn to God when I am in distress if I haven't been doing this all along." And I have heard other people say, "I can't bother God with this. There are many people hurting more than I am." But God invites us to turn to him when we are in distress. Repeatedly in the Scriptures God says to us, "Call on me in the day of trouble and I will answer you." This is exactly what this psalm helps us to do.
What mental pictures does the word distress create for you?
David responds to God's care with praise in verses 9-11. Offer your praises to God for his work in your life.