Psalm 70: Bible Study Guide

(A Worship Guide corresponding with today’s “Bible Reading Plan:” Psalm 70)

19-BSG-70A: (Psalm 70:1-5)
Hymn: I need thee every hour (SDAH 483)

EXPLORATION: Appeals for God’s help in specific dangers, or difficulties (Read 2 Kings 19:4–19; Isa. 37:14–20; 1 Chr. 4:10; 2 Chr. 6:34–35; 20:7–12; Ezr. 8:21–23; Ps. 55:1-8, etc.)

REFLECTION: “Ps. 70 differs only slightly from Ps. 40:13–17. It is the cry of a soul in deep distress, perhaps representative of the nation of Israel in its realization of its utter need of God. It has two contrasting stanzas: vs. 1–3 are concerned with the enemies of God; vs. 4, 5, with those who seek Him. It has been suggested that these verses may have been taken from Ps. 40 to form a separate psalm for use in Temple worship.” (SDABC 3:796).

DEVOTIONAL IMPLICATION: The urgency of some life situations does not always allow us time for lengthy prayers. One of the most effective prayers in the gospels contains only three words: “Lord, save me” (Mt. 14:30). When Peter uttered this prayer, he began to sink while walking on water. Psalm 70 is such a prayer. Under attack by adversaries, David suddenly found himself in danger. His soul was in deep distress. This was a prayer for God’s help against his persecutors. He needed God’s help and he needed it immediately.

Beloved, our prayers do not have to be long for God to respond. Yes, we should certainly set aside time for more lengthy conversations with God. We should always devote ourselves to prayer. But urgent circumstances call for quick prayers. What is needed the most is unwavering faith!

THE GOSPEL’S VOICE: This section is written as if God were speaking directly to you—Because He does. What does the Lord say to me this morning? My son/ daughter, in urgent circumstances, know that I am with you. Like Peter, cry out to Me for help. I already know your need, even before you say it (Mt. 6:32). I am always near. I am waiting for your call. Listen to My promise to you: “As a father loves and pities his children, so the Lord loves and pities those who fear Him [with reverence, worship, and awe].” (Psalm 103:13, AMP) Would you trust Me today? Would you give me a call?

I will ask God to save me quickly.
I will ask God to bless His people.
I will confess my helplessness before God.

Have A Blessed Day: “Behold, The Lord’s hand is not shortened at all, that it cannot save, nor His ear dull with deafness, that it cannot hear. But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear.” (Isaiah 59:1–2, AMP)

(A Prayer Guide corresponding with today’s “Bible Reading Plan:” Psalm 70)

19-BSG-70B: (Psalm 70:1-5)
Hymn: I need thee every hour (SDAH 483)

HEART QUESTIONS: What do you do in difficult times? Where do you go when faced with dangers, enemies, evil, harm, or death? What important Lesson can we draw from Psalm 70? What response do you think this chapter should inspires us to do, with regard to our prayer life?

PRAYER THEMES: [1] Appeals → Pray for God to protect you in specific dangers, difficulties → death, enemies, evil, harm (Ps 70:1–3); [2] Praise→ Pray for God’s name to magnified (Ps 70:4); [3] Appeals → Ask God to protect you in distress (Ps 70:5).

VALUES TO BUILD ON: Prayer, Faith, Trust.

SINS TO AVOID/ CONFESS: [1] Faithlessness, Doubt; [2] Failure to seek God’s face through prayer; [3] Failure to rejoice and be glad in the Lord; [4] Failure to magnify the name of the Lord; [5] Failure to confess our wretchedness/ helplessness before the Lord.

SOMETHING TO THANK GOD FOR: God’s faithfulness in listening to/ answering our prayers. God is ‘my help and my rescuer’ (v. 5)

PEOPLE TO PRAY FOR: Enemies, persecutors, those seeking to do us harm.

(1) Pray for God to save you quickly.
(2) Pray for God to give you help without delay.
(3) Pray that those who seek to harm you may be turned back.
(4) Pray for God judgment against them—That they reap the horrible shame they seek to sow.
(5) Ask God to bless His people — To fill all who seek Him with joy and gladness; To stir all who love His salvation to praise and exalt Him.
(6) Confess your helplessness before God and ask for His immediate help.
(7) Confess that you are poor and needy
(8) Confess that God alone is your helper and deliverer, in times of need.

OTHER ISSUES TO PRAY FOR: (See 100 Days of Prayer/ Day 17)

TODAY’S PROMISE: “Call to Me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things, fenced in and hidden, which you do not know (do not distinguish and recognize, have knowledge of and understand).” (Jeremiah 33:3, AMP)

ACTION STEP: Read Psalm 70 again and see what the Holy Spirit is saying to you. Take time to pray, confess and repent of the sins listed above. Pray for others who might be in need today → dangers, difficulties, enemies, evil, harm, or death. Pray for God’s protection from the Coronavirus pandemic. If you have a Prayer Request(s), kindly write it below and someone will pray for it.

PRAYER: Father, we thank You for Your word in Psalm 70. Forgive our pride, unfaifulness, faithlessness, and doubt dear Lord. Increase our faith! Hear our prayers this day. We thank You, and we praise You in Christ’s name, our Redeemer, Amen.

Bible Study Guide–(Psalm 70)
Characters: God, David.
Key Word: Enemies, Psalm 70:2.
Strong Verses: Psalm 70:1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

70:1 make haste
70:3 Aha! Aha
70:4 All those who seek you

Seeking God
Suffering of the innocent

Retribution for Adversaries (Psalm 70:2, 3)
Requirement for Godliness (Psalm 70:4)

“With only a few minor differences, Psalm 70 is identical to Psalm 40:13–17. The one notable variation is that the name God (Elohim) is used (vv. 1, 4) as opposed to LORD (Yahweh, Jehovah) in Psalm 40 (vv. 13, 16). This is in accordance with the emphasis on God’s power in Book II of Psalms: Elohim—the strong, powerful One—is the prominent name in Psalms 42–72.

We can safely conclude that this excerpt from the fortieth psalm is repeated here, with some small changes, for a specific purpose in the life and worship of Israel. Pastor and seminary professor Donald M. Williams offers an excellent comment about this:

What we learn from this … is that these prayers are “living word” in Israel’s life. As they were used in worship they were modified under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit to fit their times and liturgical purposes. This also helps us to understand further modifications in New Testament quotations of the psalms that may come as paraphrases, citations from the Hebrew text, or from the Septuagint [a Greek translation of the Hebrew Scriptures completed about two centuries before Christ came].” — [Leadership Ministries Worldwide, Psalms: Chapters 42–106, The Preacher’s Outline & Sermon Bible, (Chattanooga, TN: Leadership Ministries Worldwide, 2015), II:194].

The Request for Help (Psalm 70:1, 5)
The Retribution for Adversaries (Psalm 70:2, 3)
The Requirement for Godliness (Psalm 70:4)

Faith, Happiness, Honor and Shame, Humility, Joy, Persecution, Poverty, Prayer: Petition, Salvation, Worship

Poverty, spiritual
Seeking God
Suffering of the innocent

Faith Exemplified
Joy Exemplified
Persecution of the Righteous
Praise Exemplified
Prayer in Afflictions and Adversities
Importunity in Prayer
Promises to Repentant Ones
Seeking God
Spiritual Desire

Prayer → Appeals to God to protect me, us in specific dangers, difficulties → death, enemies, evil, harm (Ps 70:1–3).

Prayer → Praise: Pray for God’s name to magnified (Ps 70:4).

Prayer → Appeals to God to protect me, us in specific dangers, difficulties → Distress (Ps 70:5).


[1] What is the main content of this chapter? Prayer for help for the godly and shame for enemies. David calls upon God to vindicate him and humiliate his enemies.

[2] What does the chapter say about God? God is faithful to His promises. He will answer our prayers. God is ‘my help and my rescuer’ (v. 5)

[3] What is the central lesson of the chapter? God sometimes delays help to His own people that He might excite earnest desires on their part.

[4] Why does the psalmist plead with the Lord to “make haste, and deliver him?”

[2] Why asks that his enemies, “be ashamed and confounded” (v. 2).

[3] How many times have you been surrounded by enemies? To whom did you go for refuge?

[4] Are there any promises that God will protect us from our enemies? If so, can you share those texts?

[5] What will those who love God’s salvation will come to confess? (v. 4)

[6] What response do you think this lesson should inspires us to do?


From the evidence you see in this psalm, how would you describe David’s relationship with God?

What does God mean to him in his everyday life? What does he depend on God for?

At this time in life, how fully and sincerely can you identify with David’s words in verse 5a?

Let them be turned back because of their shame and disgrace who say, “Aha, aha!” (Ps. 70:3) The word ‘Aha” is used to express surprise, triumph, or derision. These exclamations of exulting insolence were hurled at Jesus as He was accompanied to the cross. “And with Him they crucified two robbers, one on [His] right hand and one on His left. And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, He was counted among the transgressors. And those who passed by kept reviling Him and reproaching Him abusively in harsh and insolent language, wagging their heads and saying, Aha! You who would destroy the temple and build it in three days,” (Mark 15:27–29, AMP) How do you respond when people revile, mock, or use insolent language against you?

What patterns and principles does this psalm offer for teaching us how to pray when we’re experiencing trouble or hurt?


God’s purposes know no haste and no delay!

Psalm 70:1 (AMP) — 1. Make Haste, O God, to deliver me; make haste to help me, O Lord! 5 But I am poor and needy; hasten to me, O God! You are my Help and my Deliverer; O Lord, do not tarry!

In these days of coronavirus lockdown, disease, Covid 19 pandemic, misery, world hunger, etc. I long for Christ’s deliverance. Make no tarrying Lord. Even so come quickly Lord Jesus. I am reminded of similar conditions in the world before Jesus’s first coming, in DA 31-32:

“The Saviour’s coming was foretold in Eden. When Adam and Eve first heard the promise, they looked for its speedy fulfillment. They joyfully welcomed their first-born son, hoping that he might be the Deliverer. But the fulfillment of the promise tarried. Those who first received it died without the sight. From the days of Enoch the promise was repeated through patriarchs and prophets, keeping alive the hope of His appearing, and yet He came not. The prophecy of Daniel revealed the time of His advent, but not all rightly interpreted the message. Century after century passed away; the voices of the prophets ceased. The hand of the oppressor was heavy upon Israel, and many were ready to exclaim, “The days are prolonged, and every vision faileth.” Ezekiel 12:22.

But like the stars in the vast circuit of their appointed path, God’s purposes know no haste and no delay. Through the symbols of the great darkness and the smoking furnace, God had revealed to Abraham the bondage of Israel in Egypt, and had declared that the time of their sojourning should be four hundred years. “Afterward,” He said, “shall they come out with great substance.” Genesis 15:14. Against that word, all the power of Pharaoh’s proud empire battled in vain. On “the self-same day” appointed in the divine promise, “it came to pass, that all the hosts of the Lord went out from the land of Egypt.” Exodus 12:41. So in heaven’s council the hour for the coming of Christ had been determined. When the great clock of time pointed to that hour, Jesus was born in Bethlehem.

“When the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth His Son.” Providence had directed the movements of nations, and the tide of human impulse and influence, until the world was ripe for the coming of the Deliverer. The nations were united under one government. One language was widely spoken, and was everywhere recognized as the language of literature. From all lands the Jews of the dispersion gathered to Jerusalem to the annual feasts. As these returned to the places of their sojourn, they could spread throughout the world the tidings of the Messiah’s coming.” [Ellen Gould White, The Desire of Ages, Conflict of the Ages Series, (Pacific Press Publishing Association, 1898), 3:31–32].

David’s prayer was an urgent cry for help and can be used when we are short on time and long on need. Similar to Peter’s cry for help when he thought he was drowning. “Lord save me”.

How often are we tempted to use the power at our disposal to solve personal problems? David, instructively, refrained from using his power to settle scores. Instead, he surrendered all the people who troubled him to God who alone should judge. He says “Vengeance is mine; I will repay.” Romans 12:19.

With all the power he commanded, David still pled: “But I am poor and needy: make haste unto me, O God: thou art my help and deliverer; O LORD, make no tarrying,“ (v 5).

We must, like David, empty ourselves and let God take charge of our lives and our affairs. This way, God will be magnified as He is magnified in the lives of those who seek and are glad in Him, who love His salvation (v 4).

Let us not rob God of the opportunity to show His unfailing love, and His readiness to deliver by taking upon ourselves matters we should surrender to Him.

Patience — As I read this Psalm and look at our own situation in the world today, I cannot help but conclude that God sometimes delays help to His people for their own good. The urgency of the Psalmist, “Make haste,” did not receive the corresponding response. Maybe, sometimes it is God’s desire to have us renew our love for His kingdom, glory and salvation so there is a delay in answer to prayer. But my sisters and brothers, don’t give up, “Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD” (Psalm 27:14).

[2] Praise – “May those who love Your salvation say continually, “Let God be magnified!” (Ps. 70:4b)

“When this experience is ours, we shall be lifted out of our poor, cheap selves that we have cherished so tenderly. We shall empty our hearts of the corroding power of selfishness, and shall be filled with praise and gratitude to God. We shall magnify the Lord, the God of all grace, who has magnified Christ. And He will reveal His power through us, making us as sharp sickles in the harvest field. God calls upon His people to reveal Him. — (The Review and Herald, February 14, 1899. RC 217.6)

[1] Appeals to God to protect me, us in specific dangers, difficulties → death, enemies, evil, harm (Ps 70:1–3); [2] Praise: Pray for God’s name to magnified (Ps 70:4); [3] Appeals to God to protect me, us in specific dangers, difficulties → Distress (Ps 70:5).

David did not take matters in his own hands regarding people who were opposed to him for siding with God. I pray that we all be on the side of God even if it means it cost us and face suffering.

We have an example of people taking matters into their own hands during the crusades in history, when they tried to force people to be converted or they destroyed them. Coercing never works, and God never uses it. The enemy uses it. They thought they were doing a great work for God, but they were actually doing a work for His enemy. It is going to happen again. The Bible tells us it will (Rev. 2:10). Let us fortify our minds now with Scripture and much prayer so we will be prepared for what is coming.

“May all those who seek, inquire of and for You, and require You [as their vital need] rejoice and be glad in You; and may those who love Your salvation say continually, Let God be magnified!” (Psalm 70:4, AMP)

The point about pricing and pursuing the salvation of the Lord, above all else, reminded me of the Psalm we read recently which had a really profound effect on me. It’s the entire chapter of Psalm 63 but I’m quoting some of the key verses below:

Psalm 63:1–7 (AMP) — 1 A Psalm of David; when he was in the Wilderness of Judah. O GOD, You are my God, earnestly will I seek You; my inner self thirsts for You, my flesh longs and is faint for You, in a dry and weary land where no water is. 2 So I have looked upon You in the sanctuary to see Your power and Your glory. 3 Because Your loving-kindness is better than life, my lips shall praise You. 4 So will I bless You while I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name. 5 My whole being shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips 6 When I remember You upon my bed and meditate on You in the night watches. 7 For You have been my help, and in the shadow of Your wings will I rejoice.

May we be earnest seekers of His truth and may we value that more than life itself.

It is a painful experience to feel betrayed and surrounded by enemies and those whose only wish, is to see you fail. David felt this pain and cried out to God, “Make haste, o God, to deliver me; make haste to help me, O Lord.” There are moments when it seems the enemy has the upper hand and there is no way out. Jesus is still the answer to all the world today; above Him there’s no other.
• “For no temptation (no trial regarded as enticing to sin), [no matter how it comes or where it leads] has overtaken you and laid hold on you that is not common to man [that is, no temptation or trial has come to you that is beyond human resistance and that is not adjusted and adapted and belonging to human experience, and such as man can bear]. But God is faithful [to His Word and to His compassionate nature], and He [can be trusted] not to let you be tempted and tried and assayed beyond your ability and strength of resistance and power to endure, but with the temptation He will [always] also provide the way out (the means of escape to a landing place), that you may be capable and strong and powerful to bear up under it patiently.” (1 Corinthians 10:13, AMP)

The events around us may seem overwhelming, but Jesus still waits to hear our cry. May we all seek Him to deal with the enemies/foes that surrounds us.

The psalmist cries out, “Make haste, O God, to deliver me! Make haste to help me, O Lord!” (v. 1). This is a desperate cry to be saved from enemies who are seeking to kill him (see v. 2).

With the latest figure of the people infected with the Coronavirus being 1.7 million, and 107,000 people having been killed worldwide, it is time for us also to pray, “Make haste, O God, to deliver us! Make haste to help us, O Lord!” Hence let us all join in the ongoing 100 days of prayer program that has been organized by the General Conference in connection with the pandemic. May God hear our prayer!

What does this chapter teach me about God? What does it say about Christ? He saves!!

I like the words of this hymn: “We have heard the joyful sound: Jesus saves! Jesus saves! Spread the tidings all around: Jesus saves! Jesus saves!” (SDAH 340).

Beloved, do we love God’s salvation? It is the treasure worth looking for. David wants God to please make haste and save him. Three times he says ‘make haste’ — make haste to help me, O Lord, make no tarrying (Ps. 70: 1a, b; 5b)

Jesus is recorded to one time say “make haste”. It is was when He commanded Zacchaeus to come down from the tree: “And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully” (Lk 19:6). On that very day, Salvation came to that house.

Beloved, when Jesus calls you, do you make ‘haste”? Do you heed His call? Listen to His voice now: “Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears and listens to and heeds My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will eat with him, and he [will eat] with Me.” (Revelation 3:20, AMP)

What is the significance of this chapter to the plan of salvation?

“The Lord is not here–He is risen” — On this day (April 12, 2020) when many celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, we find the clearest answer to the Psalmist prayer: Make haste to save me, O LORD (Ps. 70:1). Ultimate deliverance has been provided for all who will accept the immeasurable, unfailing love of God. Let us rejoice today with the heavenly host! Salvation has come. Hallelujah!

What/ where is the voice of God–(directly/indirectly; implied/alluded) –for me in this chapter?

“Make haste, O God, to deliver me! Make haste to help me, O LORD! Let them be ashamed and confounded Who seek my life; Let them be turned back and confused Who desire my hurt.” (Psalm 70:1–2, NKJV)

Psalm 70 is titled, Prayer from Relief from Adversaries. In it, the Psalmist calls for God’s deliverance from those that were after His life. Our ultimate enemy is the Devil. Jesus describes him as the enemy that sowed weed in a comely garden (Matthew 13:24-30).

As the enemy of God’s people, Satan aim at believers, attacks and accuses them. Satan is the real persecutor of Psalm 70—(David, and the Nation of Israel).

Here are few examples of ways in which Satan opposes God’s people — [1] He opposes believers (1 Chr. 21:1; Job 2:1-7; Zec 3:1-2; 1Th 2:18); [2] He accuses believers (Rev 12:10; Job 1:8-11; Zec 3:1-2); [3] He slanders believers (1Tim 5:14); [4] He tests believers and causes their suffering: “Behold, the devil is indeed about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested and proved and critically appraised, and for ten days you will have affliction.” (Revelation 2:10, AMP)

Listen to the last part of this verse: “be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.” Beloved, we should therefore be less concerned with those who can kill the body but not the soul: “And do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; but rather be afraid of Him who can destroy both soul and body in hell (Gehenna).” (Matthew 10:28, AMP)

We are enjoined to: “Be well balanced (temperate, sober of mind), be vigilant and cautious at all times; for that enemy of yours, the devil, roams around like a lion roaring [in fierce hunger], seeking someone to seize upon and devour.” (1 Peter 5:8, AMP)

We are reminded that our victory is sure. “But thanks be to God, Who gives us the victory [making us conquerors] through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 15:57, AMP)

One final point: Death and the Devil will be cast into the lake of fire. “Then the devil who had led them astray [deceiving and seducing them] was hurled into the fiery lake of burning brimstone, where the beast and false prophet were; and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever (through the ages of the ages).” (Revelation 20:10, AMP)

(A Night Thought corresponding with today’s “Bible Reading Plan:” Psalm 70)

19-BSG-70Y: (Matthew 14:30–31)
Hymn: I need thee every hour, (SDAH 483)

“But when he perceived and felt the strong wind, he was frightened, and as he began to sink, he cried out, Lord, save me [from death]! Instantly Jesus reached out His hand and caught and held him, saying to him, O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” (Matthew 14:30–31, AMP)

EXPLORATION: Lord, save me! (Read Mt 8:24-26; Ps 3:7; 69:1-2; 107:27-30; 116:3-4; Lam 3:54-57; Jonah 2:2-7; Lk 8:24; 2 Cor 12:7-10)

REFLECTION: When we need God’s immediate help, we should pray urgently and briefly. Peter had a similar experience when he began to sink: he cried out, “Lord, save me!” It was by faith in the power of Christ that Peter was upheld; when that faith failed, by which the laws of gravitation were suspended, no wonder that those laws returned to their wonted action, and that he began to sink. It was not the violence of the winds, nor the raging of the waves, which endangered his life, but his littleness of faith.

DEVOTIONAL IMPLICATION: Like Peter, David’s request was short and simple (Psalm 70:1-5). He needed God to help him quickly, and he told God exactly what he needed Him to do. How do we conquer our doubts when we question God’s ability to save us? The same question Christ asked to the sinking Peter, may be addressed to us: “Why did you doubt?” — Beloved, God’s hand is able to save to the uttermost (Heb 7:25). His hand is “not shortened at all, that it cannot save, nor His ear dull with deafness, that it cannot hear.” But the problem is our sins, our unbelief – “your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear.” (Isaiah 59:1–2, AMP)

“The Lord has pledged Himself to give us strength to enable us to stand. As we search the Scriptures, we find ground for confidence, provision for sufficiency. It is our privilege to say boldly, yet humbly, The Lord is my helper, therefore I shall not be moved from my steadfastness. My life is hid with Christ in God. Because He lives, I shall live also.” (That I May Know Him, p. 228).

Good Night: “Therefore He is able also to save to the uttermost (completely, perfectly, finally, and for all time and eternity) those who come to God through Him, since He is always living to make petition to God and intercede with Him and intervene for them.” (Hebrews 7:25, AMP)

Points which stood out to me today are: The urgency of David’s prayer to God for help to save him from those who threaten David’s life. “Make haste, O God, to deliver me! Make haste to help me, O Lord!”

David asked the Lord to let those who seek his life be ashamed and confounded, then to turn them back and confused.

David asked the Lord to let all those who seek the Lord rejoice and be glad in the Lord and to them those who love the Lord’s salvation say continually, “Let God be Magnified!”

David reminds the Lord that he is poor and needy; David asked the Lord to make haste for the Lord is his help and his Deliverer, “O Lord, do not delay.” David relied on the Lord to deliver him.

ACTION STEP: What response do you think this chapter should inspires us to do? [1] I will ask God to save me quickly; [2] I will ask God to bless His people; [3] I will confess my helplessness before God.

THE APPEAL: The psalmist’s heart cry for deliverance is directed to God who has the ultimate power to deliver him from adversity. Let us not neglect to carry everything –(our burdens)– to God in prayer. God has the power to move human agencies to rule in our favor, and provides the way out when we are wrongly oppressed. His grace is always sufficient and we are also given strength to endure. Now more than ever, we must not neglect to pray.

CLOSING PRAYER: Is there a prayer for me to pray/echo in this chapter-(Psalm 70)? Yes.

Father, we thank You again for Your word in Psalm 70. Lord, make haste and deliver us (v. 1); Deliver us from this global pandemic. May we always be among those who seek You, rejoice in You and love Your salvation. (v. 4); We rejoice because we know that You have a plan for us. We bless, magnify and praise Your name; We thank You, and we come in Christ’s name, Amen.

The Gospel’s Voice © 2020/ Bible Study Guide/ Psalm 1-150/ 19-BSG-70 (Psalm 70).