THURSDAY, JANUARY 4
SCRIPTURE: Psalm 5
Have you ever noticed that our prayer often takes on our mood? When things are good, our prayers are often more light hearted. When things are bad, our prayers are often deeper and more painful. As David opens this Psalm he speaks of his prayer as groaning and a cry for help.
Obviously David was in a difficult time in life. And that difficulty had an impact on how he spoke with God. But it was to God that he spoke because he knew that only God could provide the help that he needed. David was so sure of that he prayed every morning certain that God heard him. We must never doubt that God hears us as well.
In verses 4-6, David compares God with bad men. He speaks of the righteousness of God and His unwillingness to tolerate wickedness or evil. God will destroy those who lie, who practice murder, and those who deceive. When it comes to sin, God has absolutely no tolerance.
In verse 7, David does not extol his virtues or innocence. Instead he stressed God’s loyal love. It is because of who God is that David is able to approach Him and worship Him. It is out of that worship that David asks God to lead Him in the straight paths of righteousness (verse 8).
Interestingly enough, immediately following that request, David (verses 9-10) is basically telling God to “get ‘em”. He is asking God to not only see their guilt but punish them for that guilt. I don’t know if you have ever prayed that way or not but I suspect you have had those thoughts about someone at some point in time. God knows that about us. So, at some point, we might just as well be honest with ourselves and with God and talk to Him about those kinds of thoughts.
David closes this Psalm talking about another group of people. Not the bad guys. But now those who are in relationship with God. David says we are to rejoice. We are to sing. And David asks God to protect us in our praise.
I absolutely love the last verse. David asks God to cover the righteous with favor as with a shield. Imagine living a life surrounded by God’s favor…