Psalm 143: Dying of Thirst

How might what God knows is right be different from what we expect?

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Psalm 143:1 A song of David.
Hear my prayer, Lord. Listen carefully, and be faithful to answer with what you know is right.
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Psalm 143:1 <A Psalm of David.> Hear my prayer, O Lord, give ear to my supplications: in thy faithfulness answer me, and in thy righteousness.

If nobody is perfect, how can we please the Lord?

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Psalm 143:2 I am your servant, seeking to please you, so don’t judge me for my faults. Nobody is perfect.
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Psalm 143:2 And enter not into judgment with thy servant: for in thy sight shall no man living be justified.

Where do the wicked get their power over the righteous?

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Psalm 143:3 My enemies have pursued me and crushed me into the ground. They left me in darkness as if I were dead, buried, and forgotten.
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Psalm 143:3 For the enemy hath persecuted my soul; he hath smitten my life down to the ground; he hath made me to dwell in darkness, as those that have been long dead.

What are the best antidotes for spiritual exhaustion?

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Psalm 143:4 I am spiritually exhausted, feeling helpless.
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Psalm 143:4 Therefore is my spirit overwhelmed within me; my heart within me is desolate.

If we marvel at what God has done, can we also marvel at what God has not done? Why?

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Psalm 143:5 I remember when you helped me through hard times and marvel at what you’ve done. I think about the greater things that lie ahead as you continue to work in me.
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Psalm 143:5 I remember the days of old; I meditate on all thy works; I muse on the work of thy hands.

What can we do to increase our thirst for God?

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Psalm 143:6 I lift my hands, reaching out to you like a man in the desert dying of thirst. Pause to think about that.
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Psalm 143:6 I stretch forth my hands unto thee: my soul thirsteth after thee, as a thirsty land. Selah.

Should we be prepared for the possibility that God would leave us “as good as dead”? Why?

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Psalm 143:7 Answer me quickly, Lord, for I’m losing hope. Don’t turn away from me, or I’ll be as good as dead.
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Psalm 143:7 Hear me speedily, O LORD: my spirit faileth: hide not thy face from me, lest I be like unto them that go down into the pit.

How can we hear the love in God’s voice?

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Psalm 143:8 When I wake up in the morning, let me hear the love in your voice. I trust you to guide my steps as I give up my life to walk in your ways.
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Psalm 143:8 Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee.

What does it mean to “run to the Lord”?

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Psalm 143:9 Save me from my enemies, Lord. I run to you for protection.
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Psalm 143:9 Deliver me, O Lord, from mine enemies: I flee unto thee to hide me.

When people are shown what is most pleasing to the Lord, how likely is it that they would do the work? Why?

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Psalm 143:10 Show me how to best please you, for you are my God and I live to serve you. Let the goodness of your presence lead me to always do what is right.
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Psalm 143:10 Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness.

Where is God’s reputation for goodness known?

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Psalm 143:11 Consistent with your reputation for goodness, Lord, preserve my life. In your righteousness, help me out of my distress.
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Psalm 143:11 Quicken me, O Lord, for thy name’s sake: for thy righteousness’ sake bring my soul out of trouble.

In what ways does God reveal his love?

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Psalm 143:12 In love for your servant, destroy all that threatens my life.
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Psalm 143:12 And of thy mercy cut off mine enemies, and destroy all them that afflict my soul: for I am thy servant.