The Comfort of Being Needy (Psalm 70)

The Comfort of Being Needy

Psalm 70

There is a comfort to being needy, because God helps the needy.

I. The Memorial (vv. 1-4)

A. The Edge of the Wilderness

B. God or YHWH? (vv. 1-4)

C. Memorials

II. The Memorial Portion (vv. 4-5)

A. The Greatest Enemy (Leviticus 5:11-13)

B. Taking God’s Promise with You

III. The Comfort of Being Needy (vv. 3-5)

A. Not Because You’re Strong (or rich, or righteous) (v. 5)

B. Jesus Came for the Needy (v. 3; cf. Matthew 9:11-13)

C. The Memorial Portion (v. 4; Luke 22:19)

Discussion Starters

1. Monday—If you were standing on the edge the wilderness with Israel, anticipating years of wandering, what do you think you would need more than anything else? What would your prayer be?

2. Tuesday—What is the difference between the name “Yahweh” and the title “God”? Why do you think both are important to understand and Psalm 40 uses Yahweh, while Psalm 70 uses God?

3. Wednesday—What was the purpose of memorials and memorial portions? What danger did time pose toward those who had experienced God’s deliverance?

4. Thursday—Why does David see his neediness as the basis of his prayer? How does God want you to find comfort in being needy? Are you needy? How?

5. Friday—Since, we no longer offer sacrifices for sin, what is our “memorial portion”? How is it meant to be a reminder and a comfort to you while you wait to enter into heaven?