Hi. I’m Daniel Westfall on the channel “Pray with Me”.
Psalm 4 was an evening prayer. Today’s prayer, Psalm 5, is a morning prayer. It starts with three verses of introduction, followed by 9 verses of alternating suggestions for how God should deal with the wicked and how he deals with the righteous.
It starts, “Give ear to my words O Lord . . . Listen to my cry for help . . . In the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.” This is the morning rhythm of prayer. Waking, we tell God what is on our mind for the day. Perhaps we feel weak and we dread the assault of our enemies, or perhaps today is filled with hope and promise. Checking in with God in the morning prepares us to wait expectantly for him through the day. God might show up at any time, but we won’t notice if we aren’t attentive.
Following the introduction, the psalmist describes his enemies and suggests how God should deal with them. “The arrogant cannot stand in your presence, you hate all who do wrong, you destroy those who tell lies.” And later in the psalm, “Declare them guilty, O God. Let their intrigues be their downfall. Banish them for their many sins.”
The psalmist also describes the righteous and tells God how to deal with us. “By your great mercy I will bow down toward your holy temple. Lead me in your righteousness . . . make a straight path before me. . . let all who take refuge in you be glad.”
Let us pray.
Our Father, in the morning our alarm wakes us rudely. We stumble to the bathroom to brush our teeth and put on makeup. And we turn our thoughts to you, because we need your presence today to protect us from our enemies, to give us favor and success in our endeavors. We will wait expectantly for you. Help us recognize your presence when you visit us. Help us hear your voice when you speak to us.
We ask you to destroy our enemies, God.
- Destroy the enemy within, the voice that says we are worthless and unworthy, the fear that paralyzes, the brooding introspection that depresses, the arrogance that criticizes friends and colleagues, the malice that repeats gossiping stories.
- Silence the enemies we meet today — family members who shame us, coworkers who are rude and dismissive, clerks who are sullen and disrespectful.
- Banish the arrogant voices in our culture. May all lying, self-promoting politicians be trapped by their intrigues. May all advertisers who promote mediocre products promising infinite happiness come to an unhappy end. May all entertainers who create meaningless drivel be filled with their own empty words.
But may all who take refuge in you, Lord, be glad. In the winding and confusing journey of life, make a straight path for us. When we don’t know where to turn, guide is into wise choices, faithful relationships, true vocations, and holy community. Amen.
I’m Daniel on the channel “Pray with Me”.