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Lesson 6


Psalm 30


READ: 1 Samuel 25 - 2 Samuel 5, Psalm 30


1. All Israel gathered and mourned upon the death of what man?

2. Describe Nabal in terms of

a.) material possessions

b.) moral character

3. Why did David feel that his men were due some reward from Nabal?

4. What was Nabal's response to David's request?

5. How did David plan to retaliate?

6. What kept David from carrying out his evil intentions?

7. What became of Nabal and Abigail?

8. Explain David's marital status as of the end of 1 Samuel 25.

9. In 1 Samuel 26, who reported David's whereabouts to Saul? Sound familiar?

10. Who was Abner?

11. Who was Abishai?

12. Who was Zeruiah?

13. What did David take from Saul in 1 Samuel 26?

14. After sparing Saul's life the second time, was David convinced that Saul would no longer seek his life?

15. Describe David's activities while in the land of the Philistines (1 Samuel 27 - 30).

16. Describe David's reaction to the death of Saul and Jonathan.

17. Why did David go to Hebron?

18. Who was Asahel?

19. Who was Joab?

20. What finally became of Abner?

21. At Hebron, how long did David reign over Judah?

22. Who inhabited the city of Jerusalem at this time?

23. The original border of Judah and Benjamin ran along which side of what later became known as Jerusalem? (cf. Josh. 15:1, 8; 18:11, 16)

24. So whose territory was the city actually in? (Josh. 18:63)

25. Who failed to drive out the Jebusites? (Josh. 15:63, Judg. 1:21)

26. How did David's men capture Jerusalem?

27. The place was also called the stronghold of and the city of .

28. What was built for David in this city?

Ps. 30:TITLE The title of this psalm mentions the _____________of the __________ of David.
  According to Dt. 20:5, a man who had built a new house was excused from military service so that he might do what?
30:1 What would have been the cause for David's enemies, or foes, to have rejoiced over him? (cf. 30:2-3)
30:5 Evidently, David's plight had been the result of God's . would David do when he was afraid?
30:6 What was the cause of God's anger toward David? (Cf. Ps. 10:4,6; also Ps. 62:2,6)
  Explain David's prosperity in terms of David's situation at the time just prior to the building of his house as opposed to his situation seven and a half years later.
30:7-9 What had been the cause of David's prosperity?
  When David came to realize this once again, he cried to the Lord and made .
  David reasoned, What profit is there in my blood (that is to say, in my __________ ) when I go down to the pit? (that is, when I __________; cf. 30:3) Shall the dust (why is dust mentioned? Compare Gen. 3:19; remember also Ps. 90:3) praise thee (praise whom? _________) shall it declare thy truth?
  This passage cannot be evidence of a lack of belief in an afterlife. That there was generally a concept of existence beyond death is evidenced by 1 Sam 28:11-15, Is. 14:9ff, Heb. 11:13-16, Ps. 16:10. Also, the Necromancy that was condemned (Dt. 18:11, 26:14, Is. 8:19, Ps. 106:28) indicates that a concept of existence beyond death prevailed among the various peoples of the time. More specifically, the Israelites understood the concept of resurrection from the dead (Job 14:13-15, 19:25-27; Is. 26:19; Ps. 16:10-11, 17:11, 49:14-15, 73:24-26, Dan. 12:2)
  Along with the present passage, there are few others that seem to call attention to the tragedy of dying when separated from God by sin, and perhaps even dying as a consequence of one's sin.

  the dead who are cut off, and do not praise God or give him thanks
evidence that the speaker views himself or those of whom he speaks as having been out of favor with God due to sin

Psalm 30 Ps. 30:9 Ps. 30:6-7 After coming to the realization that he had failed to give God proper credit for his prosperity, and having found that God had hidden His face, David called to God and made supplication.
Psalm 88 Ps. 88:10-12 Ps. 88:5, 14, 16 Of the examples cited here, this passage is least clear in identifying sin as the cause of the danger.
Psalm 115 Ps. 115:17 Ps. 115:2-8 Notice in particular the contrast between verses 2-8 and verses 9-15, between verses 16a and 16b, and between verses 17 and 18.
Isaiah 38 Is. 38:18-19 Is. 38:17 Hezekiah's sins had been forgiven and Hezekiah had been spared from Sheol, for had such not been the case, Hezekiah, a sinful man in Sheol, could not have uttered praise heard by God.
30:11 How had David's prayer been answered?
30:12 This verse is in response to what preceding verse?