Psalm 5: Be Thou Attentive To My Cry

The book of Psalms emphasizes the need to be faithful in our prayers to our Father.   David spent quality dedicated time crying out to God to hear his words.  Also, he requested that God consider his meditation.  There is more than one way to pray. The traditional prayer is to pray on our knees in the morning and in the evening. In meditation, our heart is stayed upon God.  Throughout the course of the day, when you think of him and include him in everything that you do, that is meditation, that is prayer. (Psalm 5:1)

“Pray without ceasing.” This does not mean to keep your eyes closed all day long and speak words in prayer continuously.  Prayer is the breath of the soul.  It is how we receive spiritual power.  Prayer brings the heart into immediate contact with the Chief Cornerstone of our salvation and strengthens the very core of our spiritual experience.  Neglect the exercise of prayer, neglect the gift of prayer and you will lose your hold on the power of God. (I Thessalonians 5:17; Psalms 55:16,17)

When David says, “My cry,” it sounds like an urgent prayer. God was his King and his personal God.  To walk with the Lord is a personal faith journey.  It is faith that inspires the believer to know that God is very attentive to the voice of his people. It is a spiritual bond that believers have with the Father and the Son. He must be our personal King.  King is one who has dominion of all things.  The Father gave Christ all power to reign.  He is our King. We pray to our heavenly Father in the name of Jesus. We do not pray to none other.  God alone should be on the receiving end of our prayers. (Psalm 5:2; I Timothy 6:14 -15)

David’s dedication is noticed in his prayer life.  “I will pray in the morning.” Morning prayer leads the way to provide instructions for the day.  It is a time when we tell the Father that we need his guidance, protection and provisions for the day. The Holy Spirit connects us to the will of the Lord. This prayer is over 3,000+ years old.  Yet, it touches the core of our belief to remain in constant communication with the Lord.  David spoke in confidence “My voice shall thou hear in the morning.” He looks up because he knows that God is above. He is the Creator of heaven and earth. (Psalm 5:3; 121:1)

God is holy.  “For thou art not God that hath pleasure in wickedness: neither shall evil dwell with thee.” Evil was cast out of heaven into the earth.  Yet, God in all his wisdom provided redemption that we would not have to suffer the wages of sin.  Jesus paid the penalty of death for our sin, when he gave his life that we can stand before the holy Father. “For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit.” (Psalm 5:4; I Peter 3:18)    

In Proverbs, scriptures are written on the ways of the foolish. They do not regard the laws of God.  “Thou hatest all workers of iniquity.”   The foolish tend to take the word of the Lord lightly.  Everything that God commands is to be taken seriously. God is very loving and forgiving.  But he has expectations for those who confess belief in him. (Psalms 5:5; Proverbs 1:7)      

God hates sins.  When man surrenders to sin, he surrenders to Satan.  All sins separate man from God. God will destroy those that speak leasing. Leasing means to lie. The Lord abhor murderers and liars.  Abhor means to hate.  No man has the right to kill.  God is the giver of life.  Liars are deceitful and look to protect themselves. Both the rejections of a murder and a liar are written in the commandments.  It is our duty not to kill nor to bear false witness. (Psalm 5:6; Exodus 20:13-16)    

David, the man of God, turns his attention from the ways of the wicked and makes a statement of faith, “But as for me I will come into thy house in the multitude of thy mercy: and in thy fear will I worship toward thy holy temple”.  We must keep our hearts in tune with the presence of the Lord.  The wicked man has nothing good to offer nor does he have any hope of salvation, unless he repents. Throughout the Bible, men who were faced with adversities, quickly turned that attention to God.  Hezekiah exercised his faith in the Lord when he was told that he would die.  “Then he turned his face to the wall and prayed unto the Lord.”  Just as David and Hezekiah chose to worship God, we must make the choice.  David entered the holy temple of God where he would find the comfort of refuge. In the temple, there are mercies, grace, and love.  It is in the place of worship that we can fully concentrate on the goodness of the Lord.  It is in the holy temple, the place of worship, where we are welcome to pray and praise. (Psalm 5:7; I Kings 20:1-6)    

David requested that the Lord lead him because of his enemies.  The Lord is the light that shines in the midst of darkness.  Enemies are dark because of the sin that dwells in them.  In God there is all light because he is truth. He will not suffer his people to be trampled by their enemies.  In meditation, we trust Jesus to take the lead.  We will never fail or lose our way. (Psalm 5:8; John 8:12)

Satan and the fallen angels are full of deceit.   They seek to do accomplish their own wicked agenda. They influence people to do contrary to the will of God.  They work to increase numbers to make people think that the majority is the right way.  They parade wickedness as something that is good because there is no faithfulness in their mouth. As a result, they prepare their own sepulcher, which is the grave.  The wicked use flattering words to draw others into sin and death, leading them in the broad way of destruction.  “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, leadeth to destruction and many there be which go in thereat…”  (Psalm 5:9; Matthew 7:13)     

The wicked are in the hands of God.  He will destroy all wickedness.  He takes no pleasure in sin, no pleasure in rebellion.  He has the final say. “Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord.  And again, The Lord shall judge his people.” (Psalm 5:10; Hebrews 10:30)    

Again, David the man of God, turns his attention to his God who is full of compassion.  We can rejoice because our trust is in him.  Our defense is in him. With our thoughts on him, we are kept in a positive frame of mind. Because we love the holy name of the Lord, our joy remains.  The devices of our enemies have no hold on us. (Psalm 5:11; 59:17)    

David held on to the promises of the Lord that he “wilt bless the righteous”.  He blesses those that fear him.  To fear the Lord is to love and respect him because he is God.  It is so much pleasure to have comfort in the promises of God.  Just to know that he will compass us as with a shield.  The Lord will surround us in his protection.  As an eagle covers her nests with her wide beautiful strong wings, God covers us with his love. (Psalm 5:12)

      Jesus Christ, born through the lineage of David, was devoted and constant in his prayer to the Father. He remained faithful and focus to fulfill the will of the Father.  Prayer keeps the connection with the will of our father. Prayer is very essential.  The key to an anointed prayer life is faith.  Faith is to believe and trust in God. “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”  The more we get to know him, the more we understand his will and purposes in our life. The important point to answered prayers is patience. We must be willing to wait in the Lord.  (Hebrews 11:6)

Written by Pastor Tylvia E. Koromah

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