Thursday 15 December, 2016

Psalm 5

1 Listen to my words, Lord, consider my lament. 2 Hear my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray. 3 In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly. 4 For you are not a God who is pleased with wickedness; with you, evil people are not welcome. 5 The arrogant cannot stand in your presence. You hate all who do wrong; 6 you destroy those who tell lies. The bloodthirsty and deceitful you, Lord, detest. 7 But I, by your great love, can come into your house; in reverence I bow down toward your holy temple. 8 Lead me, Lord, in your righteousness because of my enemies— make your way straight before me. 9 Not a word from their mouth can be trusted; their heart is filled with malice. Their throat is an open grave; with their tongues they tell lies. 10 Declare them guilty, O God! Let their intrigues be their downfall. Banish them for their many sins, for they have rebelled against you. 11 But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you. 12 Surely, Lord, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield.

What a soaring song – yes a lament of sorts, yet also a song of such power, praise and thanksgiving.  David pleads for the Lord to hear him, which He clearly does.  I love that David gives God his requests then waits, expectantly, for an answer.  David knows the key of faith, to expectant waiting for God to fulfil HIs promises.  Yes God cannot abide evil, He cannot stand for hatred or wickedness, but we who love Him come into His house because of His love!  But we can come into HIs house, into HIs very presence!

Do I make my requests of God with true expectancy or am I simply placing a ‘shopping list’ before my Father in heaven?  Am I in the place of faith in prayer?

Father help me to come into Your presence with praise and thanksgiving on my lips and an expectant heart and attitude toward You with respect to Your promises and willingness to answer my prayers!

Written by Richard Botta

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