Give ear to my words…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Psalm 5

Give ear to my words, O LORD,

​​Consider my meditation.

Give heed to the voice of my cry,

​​My King and my God,

​​For to You I will pray.

My voice You shall hear in the morning, O LORD;

​​In the morning I will direct it to You,

​​And I will look up.

For You are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness,

​​Nor shall evil dwell with You.

The boastful shall not stand in Your sight;

​​You hate all workers of iniquity.

You shall destroy those who speak falsehood;

​​The LORD abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful man.

​​But as for me, I will come into Your house in the multitude of Your mercy;

​​In fear of You I will worship toward Your holy temple.

Lead me, O LORD, in Your righteousness because of my enemies;

​​Make Your way straight before my face.

For there is no faithfulness in their mouth;

​​Their inward part is destruction;

​​Their throat is an open tomb;

​​They flatter with their tongue.

Pronounce them guilty, O God!

​​Let them fall by their own counsels;

​​Cast them out in the multitude of their transgressions,

​​For they have rebelled against You.

 ​​But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You;

​​Let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them;

​​Let those also who love Your name

​​Be joyful in You.

​​For You, O LORD, will bless the righteous;

​​With favor You will surround him as with a shield.

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We can come to our Lord without fear.  We can bring our requests to him.  We begin with acknowledging who he is and what he does.

“…Give heed to the voice of my cry,

​​My King and my God,…”

Who among us does not enjoy the love that comes to us from our children.  We come in reverence seeking his guidance.

The psalmist explains why our trust is in the Lord and not in mankind.

“…For there is no faithfulness in their mouth;

​​Their inward part is destruction;

​​Their throat is an open tomb;

​​They flatter with their tongue.

Pronounce them guilty, O God!…”

Why would anyone, knowingly, go to a source that wishes only ungodly results? Why would anyone go to those who only have selfish interests?  The difference between the believer and the unbeliever is the direction of their focus.  A believer is God-driven, an unbeliever is self-driven.  The motives are opposite.  The psalmist wishes upon the unbeliever are designed to bring them face to face with their position.

“…Pronounce them guilty, O God!

​​Let them fall by their own counsels;

​​Cast them out in the multitude of their transgressions,

​​For they have rebelled against You….”

We can rejoice that we rest in the Lord.  It is hard to see others outside the Lord’s protection and love.

“…​​But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You;

​​Let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them;

​​Let those also who love Your name

​​Be joyful in You.

​​For You, O LORD, will bless the righteous;

​​With favor You will surround him as with a shield….”

Psalm 5

Psalm 5

Click on image to enjoy Psalm 5 sung by Chuck Girard

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