Psalm 5 has the psalmist calling out to God. “O Lord, in the morning you hear my voice; in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you and watch”. There is a common theme throughout scripture about coming to God in the morning. I’ve always been a morning person, so it makes total sense to me. I know for others, that is a real struggle. But starting your day with the Lord is powerful. The writer here tells us there is communication through prayer and sacrifice. He does something, and then it says he watches.
Prayer is a two way communication. It may not seem that way, but it truly is. We lift up our adoration, confession, thanksgiving, supplication and intercessions to God, but we also need to listen and watch to hear from and see what God does. It is an interactive thing – prayer is. We share our heart and we need to watch for God’s in response. The Lord is not some distant and dead idol like many that were worshipped in the Old Testament. Our God is alive and active, ready to hear and respond. We need to be watching for that.
The request comes after the writer points out that God is not pleased with people who are evil. In fact, He abhors them but delights in the righteous. There is a simple ask in this chapter. “Lead me, O Lord, in your righteousness because of my enemies; make your way straight before me”. The desire is clear – direction – and the good news is that God alone is the only source of that information. We can come to Him knowing that He not only knows but wants to let us know how to walk the straight path He has charted for our life.
God also is the source of goodness. “You bless the righteous, O Lord; you cover him with favor as with a shield”. God is the blessor of our lives. He is the One who pours out blessing from heaven all over those He loves. And he also covers us with favor – He loves to pour His love on us. The key to receiving that blessing in abundance is a life of righteousness – living in alignment with God and His will – obeying His direction and leading – and listening to Him as He guides us moment by moment through life. We have wonderful promises of a great life if we will only walk with Him!