Prayer Guide: Psalm 52

To the choirmaster. A Maskil of David, when Doeg, the Edomite, came and told Saul, “David has come to the house of Ahimelech.”

Psalm 52 Why do you boast of evil, O mighty man?
    The steadfast love of God endures all the day.
Your tongue plots destruction,
    like a sharp razor, you worker of deceit.
You love evil more than good,
    and lying more than speaking what is right. Selah
You love all words that devour,
    O deceitful tongue.

But God will break you down forever;
    he will snatch and tear you from your tent;
    he will uproot you from the land of the living. Selah
The righteous shall see and fear,
    and shall laugh at him, saying,
“See the man who would not make
    God his refuge,
but trusted in the abundance of his riches
    and sought refuge in his own destruction!”

But I am like a green olive tree
    in the house of God.
I trust in the steadfast love of God
    forever and ever.
I will thank you forever,
    because you have done it.
I will wait for your name, for it is good,
    in the presence of the godly.

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.



Identify and celebrate God’s praiseworthy attributes

  • A God of steadfast love – vv.1, 8
  • God is our defender and our refuge – vv.5, 7
  • God’s love is unfailing – v.8
  • God has done great things. His name and goodness are our hope – v.9

Prayer Prompts

  • I praise You for being my stronghold when …
  • I praise You for showing me Your unfailing love when …
  • My hope is in You because …
  • Thank You for defending me from …
  • I will thank You forever because You have …


Surrender to Him and His ways

  • I admit that sometimes in my day I forget about Your steadfast love, especially when …
  • I confess that I often seek refuge and trust in … rather than in You.


Ask the Spirit to guide your prayer over concerns, resources, and relationships

  • Because of Your steadfast love I will trust You to defend me from …
  • Because my hope is in You, I will not fear …
  • God, You are my refuge, so today I will trust You for …
  • Today, I will wait on the goodness of Your name for …


Encouragement and strength for spiritual battle

  • As the battle rages, grant me protection over the enemy of …
  • Today, I will trust in Your steadfast love, especially when …
  • Memorize and meditate on v.9.

* This prayer guide is an excerpt from Strategic Renewal’s publication, Praying the Psalms.