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Psalm 56 Worksheet

Psalm 56 is another Trouble and Trust Psalm within the series of 8 complaint Psalms from 52-59.    

What would it be like to be a silent dove far from your homeland?

Who is probably the most famous man in the Bible from Gath?     

1 Samuel 21:7-15        1 Samuel 27:1-12

As we read Psalm 56 look for the occurrences of “I will” and “I will not” as we read!

David complains to God about ___________________________ by enemies                               V. 1-2

The word swallow in verse 1 and the word hound in verse 2 are actually the exact same word in the Hebrew, so I am not sure what is gained in using 2 different words to translate sa’ap (H7602).

What other words also occur in both verses 1-2?

David’s ___________________ in God helps him not be afraid when he is very afraid              V. 3-4

What three words or phrases occur in both verses 3-4?

Verses 3-4 could be summarized by saying, “Because I trust in God when I am afraid I will not be afraid.”

David gets more _____________________ about how his enemies mistreat him                         V. 5-7

As a matter of fairness, seek to avoid twisting people’s words to present them in a __________________ light.

I resolved a long time ago to spend more time trying to catch people doing things right and commend them for it rather than to try and catch people doing something wrong so I will feel _____________________ to them. 

David turned his frustration into a _____________________ in verse 7. Saul was telling others to “Get David.” David did not let his men “get Saul.” Instead he left it with God to take care of Saul.

David gets more specific about his trust in God despite his ____________________                        V. 8-11

Now when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the 24 elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.  -Rev. 5:8

Sometimes we wonder if anybody sees us trying to live for God and do right things for Him. Here David assures himself that God sees it all, remembers it all, and will __________________ the life of faith.

Malachi 3:16-18                     

Indeed, I will make those of the synagogue of Satan, who say they are Jews and are not, but lie – indeed I will make them come and worship before your feet, and to know that I have loved you.    -Rev. 3:9

Note verses 10-11 is a “callback” of verse 4, ______________________ by restating it using Yahweh!

David preached trust in God to himself in the ______________________ of life’s fears and frustrations – and we need to do the same thing!

David expresses his ______________________ commitment to the things of God                         V. 12-13

The question of whether or not God cares was settled on the _____________________!