Psalm 70: Quick Deliverance

What needs are we most likely to want God to meet? Why?

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Psalm 70:1 To the minister of music, a song of David for meditation.
Deliver me now, God. Come quickly, Lord, and help me.
King James
Psalm 70:1 <To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, to bring to remembrance.> Make haste, O God, to deliver me; make haste to help me, O Lord.

Why might we overlook the most important needs for a concern for something trivial?

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Psalm 70:1 To the minister of music, a song of David for meditation.
Deliver me now, God. Come quickly, Lord, and help me.
King James
Psalm 70:1 <To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, to bring to remembrance.> Make haste, O God, to deliver me; make haste to help me, O Lord.

What can we do about those who might want to harm us, but we don’t even know who they are?

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Psalm 70:2 Confuse those who want to kill me, and let them be ashamed. Let those who would harm me turn back in disgrace.
King James
Psalm 70:2 Let them be ashamed and confounded that seek after my soul: let them be turned backward, and put to confusion, that desire my hurt.

What would cause enemies to retreat in embarrassment?

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Psalm 70:3 Let those who said, “Aha! We have you now,” retreat in embarrassment.
King James
Psalm 70:3 Let them be turned back for a reward of their shame that say, Aha, aha.

If God has not delivered us, how can we keep saying, “Praise God, for he is great”?

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Psalm 70:4 May all who seek to please the Lord rejoice in him. Let those who long for his deliverance keep saying, “Praise God, for he is great.”
King James
Psalm 70:4 Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee: and let such as love thy salvation say continually, Let God be magnified.

In the midst of pain and suffering, how can we rejoice?

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Psalm 70:4 May all who seek to please the Lord rejoice in him. Let those who long for his deliverance keep saying, “Praise God, for he is great.”
King James
Psalm 70:4 Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee: and let such as love thy salvation say continually, Let God be magnified.

If God has made us a “new creature” in Christ, how can we be wretched and in great need?

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Psalm 70:5 I am wretched and in great need. I depend on you, my help and deliverer, so come quickly.
2 Corinthians 5:17 Those who are alive in Christ are new creatures, unlike who they were before. The old life in the flesh is over, and a new life in the spirit has begun.
King James
Psalm 70:5 But I am poor and needy: make haste unto me, O God: thou art my help and my deliverer; O Lord, make no tarrying.
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

Will God come more quickly because of our request? Why?

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Psalm 70:5 I am wretched and in great need. I depend on you, my help and deliverer, so come quickly.
King James
Psalm 70:5 But I am poor and needy: make haste unto me, O God: thou art my help and my deliverer; O Lord, make no tarrying.