Psalm 57: Praise while Threatened

How comfortable can we be in the midst of a threat? Why?

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Psalm 57:1 To the minister of music, a prayer of David when he fled from Saul into the cave.
Be merciful, O God, and show me favor, for I’m trusting you to keep me safe. I seek shelter beneath your wings until the threat has passed.
King James
Psalm 57:1 <To the chief Musician, Altaschith, Michtam of David, when he fled from Saul in the cave.> Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast.

In times when our needs are so great, how can we say, “God supplies all my needs”?

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Psalm 57:2 I cry out to God Most High, who supplies all my needs.
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Psalm 57:2 I will cry unto God most high; unto God that performeth all things for me.

Should we be looking for God to embarrass our enemies? Why?

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Psalm 57:3 He will answer from above and embarrass those who would crush me. Pause in gratitude for that.
God will reveal his love and faithfulness.
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Psalm 57:3 He shall send from heaven, and save me from the reproach of him that would swallow me up. Selah.
God shall send forth his mercy and his truth.

What is it like to live with people who oppose what we believe God would have us do? How do we best handle those situations?

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Psalm 57:4 I live with lions: angry men with a burning passion to devour me. Their teeth are like arrows and spears, their tongues like sharp swords.
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Psalm 57:4 My soul is among lions: and I lie even among them that are set on fire, even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows, and their tongue a sharp sword.

How can we be most effective in causing God’s glory to be seen everywhere?

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Psalm 57:5 Receive the greatest honor, O God, from the skies above to the earth below. May your glory be seen everywhere.
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Psalm 57:5 Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens; let thy glory be above all the earth.

Shouldn’t people be aware of their own traps? How could they be caught in them?

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Psalm 57:6 My enemies set a trap to take me down. They dug a pit in my path, but they have fallen into it themselves. Pause to think about that.
King James
Psalm 57:6 They have prepared a net for my steps; my soul is bowed down: they have digged a pit before me, into the midst whereof they are fallen themselves. Selah.

How can we improve our confidence that we are right in placing total trust in God?

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Psalm 57:7 My heart is unwavering, O God. With total confidence, I will play and sing praises to you.
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Psalm 57:7 My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise.

What should we do if we don’t feel like praising the Lord?

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Psalm 57:8–10 Wake up, my soul. Wake up, harp and lyre. Arise with the dawn to praise the Lord.
I will praise you, O Lord, among family and friends. I will sing praises with the multitudes, for your goodness reaches to the sky and your faithfulness goes beyond the clouds.
King James
Psalm 57:8–10 wake up, my glory; awake, psaltery and harp: I myself will awake early. I will praise thee, O Lord, among the people: I will sing unto thee among the nations. For thy mercy is great unto the heavens, and thy truth unto the clouds.

What is the greatest honor we can offer to God?

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Psalm 57:11 Receive the greatest honor, O God, from the skies above to the earth below. May your glory be seen everywhere.
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Psalm 57:11 Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens: let thy glory be above all the earth.