Psalm 59: Rescue from Enemies

If we don’t ask, how likely are we to be helped? Why?

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Psalm 59:1–2 To the minister of music, a song of David when Saul sent soldiers to watch his house and kill him. Sung to the tune “Do Not Destroy.”
O God, save me from my enemies. Defend me from those who attack me. Deliver me from wicked, murderous people.
Matthew 6:33 Seek first his Kingdom and his righteousness, and he will give you everything you need.
Philippians 4:19 Out of his glorious resources in Christ Jesus, my God will take care of everything you need.
King James
Psalm 59:1–2 <To the chief Musician, Altaschith, Michtam of David; when Saul sent, and they watched the house to kill him.> Deliver me from mine enemies, O my God: defend me from them that rise up against me. Deliver me from the workers of iniquity, and save me from bloody men.
Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Philippians 4:19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

When we have been unjustly accused, how should we feel?

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Psalm 59:3–4 Fierce people have gathered to ambush me, Lord, and not because I have done anything wrong. I have done nothing against them, yet they seek to destroy me. Look at what’s happening, and come help me.
Matthew 10:25 What is good enough for the teacher and master is good enough for the student and slave. If the master is called Beelzebub, it is even more likely that people will speak evil of his household.
2 Timothy 3:12 for all who live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted in some way.
1 Peter 3:14 If you suffer for doing good, rejoice. Don’t fear what people might think or do to you.
1 Peter 3:17 Suffering for doing good, if God allows it, is much better than suffering for doing evil.
1 John 3:13 Don’t be surprised, my friends, when the people of this world hate you.
King James
Psalm 59:3–4 For, lo, they lie in wait for my soul: the mighty are gathered against me; not for my transgression, nor for my sin, O Lord. They run and prepare themselves without my fault: awake to help me, and behold.
Matthew 10:25 It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of his household?
2 Timothy 3:12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.
1 Peter 3:14 But and if ye suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled;
1 Peter 3:17 For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.
1 John 3:13 Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you.

How does God’s might compare with the strength of the enemy? What allows the enemy to keep standing?

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2 Kings 6:17 Elisha prayed, saying, “Lord, open his eyes so he can see.” So the Lord opened the young man’s eyes, and he saw the mountain filled with horses and chariots of fire all around them.
Psalm 59:5 God of Israel, commander of mighty armies, arise to deal with the people, showing no mercy to evil deceivers. Pause to contemplate that.
1 John 4:4 You are of God, dear children, victorious over the false teachers because the Spirit within you is greater than the spirit of the world.
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2 Kings 6:17 Then Elisha prayed, “O Lord, open his eyes and let him see!” The Lord opened the young man’s eyes, and when he looked up, he saw that the hillside around Elisha was filled with horses and chariots of fire.
Psalm 59:5 Thou therefore, O Lord God of hosts, the God of Israel, awake to visit all the heathen: be not merciful to any wicked transgressors. Selah.
1 John 4:4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

How can people miss the growling and destructive nature of a message?

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Psalm 59:6–7 When they return to the city in the evening, they growl like dogs while roaming the streets. The words spewed from their mouths cut like swords, yet they think nobody notices the destructive nature of their message.
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Psalm 59:6–7 They return at evening: they make a noise like a dog, and go round about the city. 7 Behold, they belch out with their mouth: swords are in their lips: for who, say they, doth hear?

Why do some people think they can stand against God?

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Psalm 59:8 You will laugh at them, Lord. You scoff at people who think they can stand against you.
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Psalm 59:8 But thou, O Lord, shalt laugh at them; thou shalt have all the heathen in derision.

Is there any limit to what God can do for us? Why?

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Psalm 59:9 Because of your strength, I eagerly anticipate what you will do, for you are my guardian.
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Psalm 59:9 Because of his strength will I wait upon thee: for God is my defence.

How confident should we be that our enemies will be defeated?

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Psalm 59:10 As God in his mercy goes before me, I will see my enemies defeated.
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Psalm 59:10 The God of my mercy shall prevent me: God shall let me see my desire upon mine enemies.

Why might we want God to stop short of destroying our enemies?

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Psalm 59:11–13 My Lord and protector, scatter and subdue but don’t kill them, or they might forget. For their lying and cursing and destructive things they say, let them be trapped by their own arrogance. In your anger, put an end to their power and control. Then people everywhere will know that God rules over his people. Pause to meditate on that.
King James
Psalm 59:11–13 Slay them not, lest my people forget: scatter them by thy power; and bring them down, O Lord our shield. For the sin of their mouth and the words of their lips let them even be taken in their pride: and for cursing and lying which they speak. Consume them in wrath, consume them, that they may not be: and let them know that God ruleth in Jacob unto the ends of the earth. Selah.

Why can’t the wicked be satisfied?

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Psalm 59:14–15 In the evening when they return to the city, let them growl like dogs while roaming the streets. Let them scavenge for food and whine from their hunger that is not satisfied.
King James
Psalm 59:14–15 And at evening let them return; and let them make a noise like a dog, and go round about the city. Let them wander up and down for meat, and grudge if they be not satisfied.

How do people feel when they know God has kept them safe?

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Psalm 59:16–17 The next morning I will sing of your strength and kindness, for you have been my defender and kept me safe when I was in trouble. I will sing unto you, O God, for you are my strength and security, full of love and mercy.
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Psalm 59:16–17 But I will sing of thy power; yea, I will sing aloud of thy mercy in the morning: for thou hast been my defence and refuge in the day of my trouble. Unto thee, O my strength, will I sing: for God is my defence, and the God of my mercy.