THOUGHTS

SHORT, THOUGHT PROVOKING ARTICLES PUBLISHED BI-MONTHLY.

All articles are written using the NKJV, unless otherwise noted! All articles are written by David Hicks, unless specified otherwise.

Psalm 5

The Duty of Rejoicing!

There are many attributes to this Psalm that are noteworthy for all the children of God to consider.

First, it is referred to as “The Morning Prayer”, because of the language of Vs. 3. There can be no greater pattern of practice for the true child of God than to begin each day with a prayer for guidance.

Second, the prayer is appropriate for any individual at any time, especially when threatened by outside sources (enemies, as it were); and we also know that King David faced this situation many times in his life. This also helps us understand that since David knew the truth to the reality of dealing with these outside threats, this was a daily ritual of reminder, in order to trust in God through these adversities.

Third, look into the actual words of the prayer. They are succinct, honest, trusting (Vs. 3 – also see David’s words in Psalms 143:8), and reverent.

Fourth, this prayer is personal. It is aimed at knowing what character God is displeased at, and rather than spending time casting blame on them, it focuses on the character needed in the one praying to know the blessings of God; which often are not associated with worldly gain!

Psalm 5

A Prayer for Guidance

To the Chief Musician. With flutes. A Psalm of David.

 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.

9 For there is no faithfulness in their mouth;
Their inward part is destruction;
Their throat is an open tomb;
They flatter with their tongue.
10 Pronounce them guilty, O God!
Let them fall by their own counsels;
Cast them out in the multitude of their transgressions,
For they have rebelled against You.

Lastly, if you noticed, the last two verses I have separated out to make one last point. Sometimes we travel through this life and the daily grind, as we call it, makes us cynical, forgetful, and truly lacking the kind of sight that is a must to those who truly wish to live productive and happy lives.

Sometimes it is something as easy as a picture to say a thousand words:

11 But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You;
Let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them;
Let those also who love Your name
Be joyful in You
.
12 For You, O Lord, will bless the righteous;
With favor You will surround him as with a shield.

Regardless of the callousness we encounter in this old world, David recognized a Biblical principle that finds its way to you and I today; we have an obligation to rejoice with thanksgiving in God and to be happy in that!!!

Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.”

Philippians 4:4-6 Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!

5 Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand.

6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God”

There is an infinite trust and confidence built by the one who can practice this prayer daily, and not just to a single individual, but its wisdom can be a benefactor to all the children of God who practice this wisdom!

Rejoice in God!