Read Psalm 5 today.
How does the psalmist approach God with his requests?
With what emotion does the psalmist address God?
What reward is there for the righteous?
When being attacked by enemies, we can go to God.
As you reflect on this, pray in these ways and any other way the Holy Spirit leads.
For those who feel they are being attacked or ridiculed for doing the right thing.
For those who feel ostracized and alone for their faith.
For those who need to know they are in God’s will.
For those who have concern for difficult people in their lives.
For all the nonbelievers in your life to open their eyes to the one true God.
Song of the Clouded Dawn
For the Pure and Shining One
For her who receives the inheritance, by King David
1 Listen, Yahweh, to my passionate prayer!
Can’t you hear my groaning?
2 Don’t you hear how I’m crying out to you?
My King and my God, consider my every word,
for I am calling out to you.
3 At each and every sunrise you will hear my voice
as I prepare my sacrifice of prayer to you.
Every morning I lay out the pieces of my life on the altar
and wait for your fire to fall upon my heart.
Making It Right
4 I know that you, God, are never pleased with lawlessness,
and evil ones will never be invited into your house.
5 Boasters collapse, unable to survive your scrutiny,
for your hatred of evildoers is clear.
6 You will make an end of all those who lie.
How you hate their hypocrisy and despise all who love violence!
Multitude of Mercy
7 But I know that you will welcome me into your house,
for I am covered by your covenant of mercy and love.
So I come to your sanctuary with deepest awe
to bow in worship and adore you.
8 Yahweh, lead me in the pathways of your pleasure
just like you promised me you would,
or else my enemies will conquer me.
Smooth out your road in front of me,
straight and level, so that I will know where to walk.
Multitude of Sins
9 Their words are unreliable.
Destruction is in their hearts,
drawing people into their darkness with their speeches.
They are smooth-tongued deceivers, flattering with their words.
10Declare them guilty, O God!
Let their own schemes be their downfall!
Let the guilt of their sins collapse on top of them,
for they rebel against you.
Multitude of Blessings
11But let them all be glad,
those who turn aside to hide themselves in you.
May they keep shouting for joy forever!
Overshadow them in your presence as they sing and rejoice.
Then every lover of your name will burst forth with endless joy.
12Lord, how wonderfully you bless the righteous.
Your favor wraps around each one and covers them
under your canopy of kindness and joy.