Day One Hundred Nine, Psalm 5-7, 10-11
Today begins a few weeks worth of reading on the Psalms. I was unsure of how to blog the Psalms, but I have decided to just share my favorite(s) from each day of the reading, and perhaps a little explanation as to why I love the Psalm that I am sharing.
A lot of the ones that I love are recognizable to me as praise/worship songs. Some of them have gained significance to me over the past year or so as I’ve studied the Psalms a little more. Others are just beautiful.
They are divided into sections based on topics. Today begins the section on “Psalms of the Troubled Soul”.
From today’s reading I love Psalm 5, because of the confidence David has…as he meets to talk with God in the morning, and he waits “in expectation”, knowing that God will answer him.
Give ear to my words, O Lord,
consider my sighing.
Listen to my cry for help,
my King and my God,
for to you I pray.
In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice;
in the morning I lay my requests before you
and wait in expectation.
You are not a God who takes pleasure in evil;
with you the wicked cannot dwell.
The arrogant cannot stand in your presence;
you hate all who do wrong.
You destroy those who tell lies;
bloodthirsty and deceitful men
the Lord abhors.
But I, by your great mercy,
will come into your house;
in reverence will I bow down
toward your holy temple.
Lead me, O Lord, into your righteousness
because of my enemies—
make straight your way before me.
Not a word from their mouth can be trusted;
their heart is filled with destruction.
Their throat is an open grave;
with their tongue they speak deceit.
Declare them guilty, O God!
Let their intrigues be their downfall.
Banish them for their many sins,
for they have rebelled against you.
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.
For surely, O Lord, you bless the righteous;
you surround them with your favor as with a shield.