Psalm 5 – A Prayer
Several years ago I bought a book called The Psalms for Prayer, compiled by T.M. Moore. It includes a great introduction about using the Psalms as part of your prayer life. The bulk of the book is the entire Psalms in the New King James Version. But it’s not just the Psalms. Each Psalm also includes a short introduction, a suggested related New Testament reading, and prayer suggestions placed throughout the Psalm in bold. If you are looking for a way to deepen your prayer life and make the prayers of the Psalms your own, I highly recommend this book.
As I was reading in this book the other night, I landed on Psalm 5, and I love how it is specifically a prayer, as David says “Hear my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray.” The suggested NT reading is 1 Corinthians 10:13-14.
To the Chief Musician. With flutes. A Psalm of David.
1 Give ear to my words, O LORD,
Consider my meditation.
2 Give heed to the voice of my cry,
My King and my God,
For to You I will pray.
3 My voice You shall hear in the morning, O LORD;
In the morning I will direct it to You,
And I will look up.
4 For You are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness,
Nor shall evil dwell with You.
5 The boastful shall not stand in Your sight;
You hate all workers of iniquity.
6 You shall destroy those who speak falsehood;
The LORD abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful man.
7 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.
8 Lead me, O LORD, in Your righteousness because of my enemies;
Make Your way straight before my face.
Oh Linda . . .if you could just be here in my house tonight. I really felt verse 7 . . .I’m only able to come to Him because of the multitude of His mercy. Then I read 1 Corin. 10:13-14 about temptation. It has been a little tougher day with Aubrey. Needed to remember His mercy to me, cry out to Him to help me be merciful too and remember that He always provides a way out of the temptation we face. ( so here I am looking up the verse in the NT as she is making some bad choices, angry, calling me names, etc. ! His way out! Read His word and don’t react like my flesh wants to. 🙂 How awesome is that? )
I love the Psalms all the time. It seems they always speak to me, provide prayers for me to use or someone that I am praying for.
God bless you for being my answer to prayer tonight! 🙂
Deb, I love how the NT verse in connection with the Psalm was exactly what you needed tonight! When I read the NT verse, I couldn’t see how they were connected at all, but it just seemed like including the verse from The Psalms for Prayer was the right thing to do. How awesome is that, indeed! I will keep you in my prayers for another awesome day tomorrow. 🙂 Peace, Linda
I find verse 8 particularly interesting – “lead me… because of mine enemies” . I’m wondering if it was His intention that His enemies see the Lord in him?
Thanks for my Sunday dose of Psalm. Because of your emphasis, I have decided to read a Psalm (or a portion thereof) each night. For the most part, I randomly select but even then, God still sends the light of the Holy Spirit to give revelation. Super!
Blessings and thanks again,
Ann, I tend to turn to the Psalms when I am struggling with something or feeling down. But they are good any time. I like the idea of reading a bit every night or morning. Peace, Linda