Psalm 41: God’s Help and Healing

What are our greatest blessings that come from helping people who can’t help themselves?

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Psalm 41:1–3 To the minister of music, a song of David.
Blessed are those who care for the poor, for the Lord will deliver them in troublesome times—protecting them from their enemies, saving their lives, and blessing them in the land. When they are sick, the Lord gives them strength and restores their health.
King James
Psalm 41:1–3  <To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.> Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the Lord will deliver him in time of trouble. The Lord will preserve him, and keep him alive; and he shall be blessed upon the earth: and thou wilt not deliver him unto the will of his enemies. The Lord will strengthen him upon the bed of languishing: thou wilt make all his bed in his sickness.

What connections does sickness have with sin?

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Psalm 41:4 “Be merciful,” I said to the Lord, “and heal my sickness, for I have sinned against you.”
James 5:16 Confess to one another your inability to make it on your own, recognizing your failures and need for God’s help. Pray for one another so you may be changed. When people come to God with a genuine desire to change, transforming power begins to work in their lives.
King James
Psalm 41:4 I said, Lord, be merciful unto me: heal my soul; for I have sinned against thee.
James 5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

Why might our enemies wish we were dead?

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Psalm 41:5–8 My enemies want the worst for me, saying, “When will he die and his name be forgotten?” Before my face, they flatter me with empty words, but behind my back, they attack me with false accusations.
Those who hate me have formed a coalition to plan the worst for me. “He suffers from a fatal disease,” they say, “for which there is no cure.”
King James
Psalm 41:5–8 Mine enemies speak evil of me, When shall he die, and his name perish? And if he come to see me, he speaketh vanity: his heart gathereth iniquity to itself; when he goeth abroad, he telleth it. All that hate me whisper together against me: against me do they devise my hurt. An evil disease, say they, cleaveth fast unto him: and now that he lieth he shall rise up no more.

Could David have been describing someone other than himself? Why?

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Psalm 41:5–8 My enemies want the worst for me, saying, “When will he die and his name be forgotten?” Before my face, they flatter me with empty words, but behind my back, they attack me with false accusations.
Those who hate me have formed a coalition to plan the worst for me. “He suffers from a fatal disease,” they say, “for which there is no cure.”
King James
Psalm 41:5–8 Mine enemies speak evil of me, When shall he die, and his name perish? And if he come to see me, he speaketh vanity: his heart gathereth iniquity to itself; when he goeth abroad, he telleth it. All that hate me whisper together against me: against me do they devise my hurt. An evil disease, say they, cleaveth fast unto him: and now that he lieth he shall rise up no more.

How does David’s description of betrayal compare to what Jesus faced?

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Psalm 41:9–10 My trusted friend who ate bread with me has turned against me.
Lord, I need your mercy. Lift me up so I can live in peace.
John 12:32 When I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw everyone to me.
John 13:18 am not talking about all of you. I know those I have chosen, but the scripture must be fulfilled: My trusted friend who ate bread with me has turned against me.
King James
Psalm 41:9–10 Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me. But thou, O Lord, be merciful unto me, and raise me up, that I may requite them.
John 12:32 And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.
John 13:18 I speak not of you all: I know whom I have chosen: but that the scripture may be fulfilled, He that eateth bread with me hath lifted up his heel against me.

What do our victories have to do with God’s pleasure?

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Psalm 41:11 I know you are pleased with me when my enemies cannot prevail over me.
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Psalm 41:11 By this I know that thou favourest me, because mine enemy doth not triumph over me.

If God watches over us, why do we struggle at times?

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Psalm 41:12 You know my heart and will watch over me forever.
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Psalm 41:12 And as for me, thou upholdest me in mine integrity, and settest me before thy face for ever.

What keeps people from praising God?

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Psalm 41:13 May the Lord God of Israel be praised forever and ever. Yes, let it be so. Amen.
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Psalm 41:13 Blessed be the Lord God of Israel from everlasting, and to everlasting. Amen, and Amen.