Archive for September 13th, 2012

Psalm 5

Psalm 5 has the psalmist seeking God’s ear.  “Give ear to my words…consider my groaning”.  Do you come to God with passion, or just as an after thought?  The psalmist continues “Give attention to the sound of my cry….for to you do I pray”.  He lets us know that he seeks God in the morning, it is how he prepares for his day.  It is a good habit to build – that we start our day on our face before God.

Scripture reminds us that God does not “delight in wickedness, evil may not dwell with you”.  Often people tend to feel like folks get away with things.  But that is never really true. God may not immediately do things that deal with wickedness and evil, but it does not go unnoticed and God will respond.  He cannot tolerate sin.  He will not ignore evil.  God will deal with it in His time and in His way.  We just need to keep that truth in mind.

The psalmist is able to move past the reality that evil is assaulting him and keep perspective on how to deal with it.  The way we should do that is to come into God’s presence.  Check out what scripture says: “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”.  The psalmist doesn’t even claim to be able to do this on his own, but based on God’s love.  God enables us to seek Him.  He allows us to enter His house and worship Him.  That is what we need to do – come into the presence of God!

What do we ask for as we seek God?  Here is a short list we can ask:

–       “Lead me

–       make your way straight before me

–      let all who take refuge in you rejoice

–       let them ever sing for joy

–       spread your protection over them

–       those who love your name may exult in you

–       bless the righteous

–       cover him with favor as with a shield

We can seek God’s direction, protection, and blessing.  He is there.  He is listening.  He answers prayer!

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