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Ungodly Courage (Psalms 64:1- 6)

Introductory Thoughts

Our previous study explored godly courage. Yet, the Bible also teaches that courage can be used for ungodly purposes. David described the fear he endured because of his enemies. His testimony provides insight as to the dangerous nature of his enemies. David goes on to confess that his enemies “encouraged themselves in an evil matter.” Christians are to encourage themselves in the work of God. Unfortunately, those determined to work iniquity frequently are encouraged by their friends and associates to behave even more wickedly. Even David failed in this manner when he told a messenger to “encourage” Joab following the murder of Uriah (2 Samuel 11:25). Godly courage is a righteous act blessed of the Lord. Ungodly courage, on the other hand, can many times be used to hinder the work of God.

Devotional Thoughts

  • (For children): Some people have courage that does not please God. Can you name someone who is brave to do wrong? A bank robber, a bully, or someone who breaks into your home may be brave, but God doesn't want us to be brave doing wicked things that go against His word. 
  • (For everyone): Is it easy for you to do evil or bad things? Are you more consistent at obeying or disobeying Gods word? What does that tell you about your courage of heart?
  • Many times, crowds encourage themselves to act wickedly. Do you find it easier to go along with a crowd or stand alone no matter the pressure? What kind of encouragement are you receiving? Are you following the crowd or the word of God?

Prayer Thoughts

  • Ask God to reveal to you the kind of courage you are receiving.
  • Ask the Lord to identify any rebellion in your heart.