Psalm 5

Psalm 5 has the Psalmist talking about his relationship with the Father. “Every morning I lay out the pieces of my life on the altar”. He has a pattern of seeking God and asking for God’s help in his life. He comes crying “I need your help”. It is so important that we understand that. Far too often we think we have it all under control and we only come to God when we really are in deep trouble. We keep God on the sidelines as the backup plan, but otherwise have convinced ourselves it is under control. The Psalmist gives us a clear picture of why we should spend time with God: “And here I am, your invited guest – it’s incredible”. Are you spending time with the Father? He has invited us to come to His throne and seek His face. He has told us over and over in scripture that He will be there and is listening and wants us to come and spend time with Him. That is the key to our writer here – daily habitual prayer – seeking God’s direction and “waiting for directions to get me safely through the enemy lines”. God knows the path we should take. He sees clearly the plans of the enemies in our life. We need to seek Him so we can get that information and have His clarity and know how we should move forward. Are you seeking and crying out to God? We all need to be doing this continually.

But the best part of the story here is God’s response. I love how the Message says it: “you’ll welcome us with open arms when we run for cover to you”. God is there and waiting. He wants us to come running. He wants to provide safety and answers. He will “stand guard over our celebration”. God is a personal and intimate God – if we let Him be. We just need to do our part and open our life up to Him. We need to understand His reputation and history. Scripture tells us “you are famous God, for welcoming God seekers, for decking us out in delight”. Does that excite you like it does me? God is ready to bless us indeed. He wants to give us our delight. He welcomes our coming to His throne, and is ready to protect us from evil and give us direction for life. So what’s the issue? We never ask. We never approach His throne. We never take Him at His word. We just do it on our own our own way. And then we wonder what went wrong? Why are we so slow to learn and see what God is offering us if we only come to Him? Time to get with the program and come to Him each morning and lay out our life seeking His direction and blessing. Are you doing that? If not, why not start today? God stands ready to hear us, and Jesus went to the cross to be our Intercessor and Savior. He is ready to plead our case with the Father. But we need to make that effort and come to the throne. Do it today!

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