Psalm 54: Alliance with God

Might we feel blameless but not be? Why?

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Psalm 54:1 To the minister of music, a song of David for stringed instruments, written when the Ziphites told Saul that David was hiding among them.
By your authority and power, O God, show that I am blameless by delivering me.
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Psalm 54:1 <To the chief Musician on Neginoth, Maschil, A Psalm of David, when the Ziphims came and said to Saul, Doth not David hide himself with us?> Save me, O God, by thy name, and judge me by thy strength.

If God knows our thoughts, why do we need to ask him to listen to us?

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Psalm 54:2 Hear my prayer, God. Listen to what I am saying.
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Psalm 54:2 Hear my prayer, O God; give ear to the words of my mouth.

How do wicked people hate those they don’t even know?

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Psalm 54:3 People who don’t know me, who care nothing about your will, have risen against me, seeking my death. Pause to think on that.
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Psalm 54:3 For strangers are risen up against me, and oppressors seek after my soul: they have not set God before them. Selah.

How well can we expect God’s favor to work for us?

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Psalm 54:4 God is my ally in battle. The Lord is with those who defend me.
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Psalm 54:4 Behold, God is mine helper: the Lord is with them that uphold my soul.

Should we want God to punish and destroy our enemies? Why?

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Psalm 54:5 He will punish my enemies for their evil, faithfully destroying them.
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Psalm 54:5 He shall reward evil unto mine enemies: cut them off in thy truth.

When should we be eager to make sacrifices? Why might we be reluctant?

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Psalm 54:6 I will freely make sacrifices to you, Lord. I will praise you because you are so good.
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Psalm 54:6 I will freely sacrifice unto thee: I will praise thy name, O Lord; for it is good.

If God has delivered us before, what makes us think he will give us victory in the future?

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Psalm 54:7 You have delivered me from my distress. I have seen victory over my enemies.
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Psalm 54:7 For he hath delivered me out of all trouble: and mine eye hath seen his desire upon mine enemies.