How to Approach this Psalm
Ask God to give you a desire and a delight for His word before you read it (Psalm 1:3). Ask God to help you to understand the meaning of His Word and how it should apply to your life. Ask God to search your heart (Psalm 139:23) and help you see your life clearly and to enable you put His Word into practice in your life.
How to Think Through this Psalm
Ask questions about the situation of the Psalm
Questions like- who wrote this Psalm?, was there a particular situation that the author was writing in?, are any particular circumstances mentioned in this Psalm?
Ask questions about the content of the Psalm
Questions like- what does this Psalm say about God? What does it say about man? What does it say about the way that God wants man to live? Does the Psalm give any commands? What principles does the Psalm portray? Does this Psalm speak at all about the problems men are in? Does this Psalm say anything about God’s solution to these problems? Does the writer say anything about what He trusts in or believes in this Psalm? Does the writer compare/contrast anything in this Psalm?
Ask questions about how this Psalm applies to your life
Is there anything in this Psalm that you need to remember and fight to believe? Does this Psalm give any commands that you need to live by? If so, are you submitting to God’s authority in that area of your life? What Scriptural principles can you learn from this Psalm that apply to your life? Does the way that you think/believe about anything need to change? What is one very specific way that you can put into practice something that you have learned from this Psalm?
After reading this Psalm
Think about it! Keep mentally chewing on it throughout the day. If you read your Bible in the morning, find ways to remind yourself of this Psalm throughout the day. If you read your Bible at night, think about this Psalm the next day. Maybe try to memorize one of the verses. Talk about this Psalm with other people. Leave a comment with questions that you have about the Psalm and with things that God has taught you from His Word and things you are thinking through. Let’s encourage each other with what God is teaching us in His Word.
In You Do I Take Refuge
A Shiggaion of David, which he sang to the LORD concerning the words of Cush, a Benjaminite.
1O LORD my God, in you do I take refuge;
save me from all my pursuers and deliver me,
2lest like a lion they tear my soul apart,
rending it in pieces, with none to deliver.
3O LORD my God, if I have done this,
if there is wrong in my hands,
4if I have repaid my friend with evil
or plundered my enemy without cause,
5let the enemy pursue my soul and overtake it,
and let him trample my life to the ground
and lay my glory in the dust.
6 Arise, O LORD, in your anger;
lift yourself up against the fury of my enemies;
awake for me; you have appointed a judgment.
7Let the assembly of the peoples be gathered about you;
over it return on high.
8The LORD judges the peoples;
judge me, O LORD, according to my righteousness
and according to the integrity that is in me.
9Oh, let the evil of the wicked come to an end,
and may you establish the righteous—
you who test the minds and hearts,
O righteous God!
10My shield is with God,
who saves the upright in heart.
11God is a righteous judge,
and a God who feels indignation every day.
12If a man does not repent, God will whet his sword;
he has bent and readied his bow;
13he has prepared for him his deadly weapons,
making his arrows fiery shafts.
14Behold, the wicked man conceives evil
and is pregnant with mischief
and gives birth to lies.
15He makes a pit, digging it out,
and falls into the hole that he has made.
16His mischief returns upon his own head,
and on his own skull his violence descends.
17I will give to the LORD the thanks due to his righteousness,
and I will sing praise to the name of the LORD, the Most High.