Psalm a Day Challenge
I shared before that I was challenged to read and share a Psalm a day by a young friend of mine. The last week has been a bit overwhelming, so I am behind… but committed! So here are my thoughts on Psalm 5.
Psalm 5 (NASB95)
For the choir director; for flute accompaniment. A Psalm of David.
1Give ear to my words, O Lord, Consider my groaning. 2Heed the sound of my cry for help, my King and my God, For to You I pray. 3In the morning, O Lord, You will hear my voice; In the morning I will order my prayer to You and eagerly watch.
4For You are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness; No evil dwells with You. 5The boastful shall not stand before Your eyes; You hate all who do iniquity. You destroy those who speak falsehood; The Lord abhors the man of bloodshed and deceit.
7But as for me, by Your abundant lovingkindness I will enter Your house, At Your holy temple I will bow in reverence for You. 8O Lord, lead me in Your righteousness because of my foes; Make Your way straight before me.
9There is nothing reliable in what they say; Their inward part is destruction itself. Their throat is an open grave; They flatter with their tongue. 10Hold them guilty, O God; By their own devices let them fall! In the multitude of their transgressions thrust them out, For they are rebellious against You.
11But let all who take refuge in You be glad, Let them ever sing for joy; And may You shelter them, That those who love Your name may exult in You. 12For it is You who blesses the righteous man, O Lord, You surround him with favor as with a shield.
Oh goodness does this resonate with me! As I began to read, I could feel David’s distress. Nothing stinks more than dealing with lies and boasting of others – especially when it is designed to destroy you or someone you love… I totally get it! The deteriorating election rhetoric, the politics I see going on around me, and the drama of certain circumstances all cause me to groan under a heavy wearisome weight. The more I think on or dwell on them, the more distressed and depressed I get! I know you get it! BUT there is a solution! I noticed a shift in mood and attitude when David turned his thoughts toward God. I felt better as I read of the abundant lovingkindness of God, the refuge he provides and the blessings he gives. I guess it is that simple. We don’t have to be bugged by what bugs us – we are surrounded with favor! We can do what David did… declare what is true of God, focus on his goodness, be glad and WAIT! Wait for him to speak and act on your behalf.