Psalm 5

Published on Thursday, 10 August 2017 05:34
Sometimes all we can do in prayer is groan: ‘Give ear to my words, O LORD; consider my groaning’ (verse 1).

When that happens, remind yourself who God is: ‘Give attention to the sound of my cry, my King and my God, for to you do I pray’ (verse 2).

As you pray, resolve to look for an answer: ‘O LORD, in the morning you hear my voice; in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you and watch’ (verse 3).

Thank God that he is consistent: ‘For you are not a God who delights in wickedness; evil may not dwell with you. The boastful shall not stand before your eyes; you hate all evildoers. You destroy those who speak lies; the LORD abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful man’ (verses 4-6).

Admire the great God we meet in his home: ‘But I, through the abundance of your steadfast love, will enter your house. I will bow down toward your holy temple in the fear of you’ (verse 7).

Ask God for protection and be specific about it: ‘Lead me, O LORD, in your righteousness because of my enemies; make your way straight before me. For there is no truth in their mouth; their inmost self is destruction; their throat is an open grave; they flatter with their tongue. Make them bear their guilt, O God; let them fall by their own counsels; because of the abundance of their transgressions cast them out, for they have rebelled against you’ (verses 8-10).

Pray for some Christians that you know: ‘But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy, and spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may exult in you. For you bless the righteous, O LORD; you cover him with favour as with a shield’ (verses 11-12).

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