Give ear to my words, O Lord, Consider my meditation, Give heed to the voice of my cry, My King and my God, For to You I will pray. My voice You shall hear in the morning, O Lord; In the morning I will direct it to You, And I will look up. Psalm 5:1-3 NKJV
Psalm 5 is a prayer. David cries out to the Lord for guidance. It tells us a lot about David. It tells us a lot about God. Does it reveal anything about us?
The Lord called David a man after His own heart. It is not because David was perfect. He was not. He made mistakes. Some of those mistakes harmed the people David loved. Some of his mistakes hurt the children of Israel. David felt the sting of sin in his heart.
David understood sin has consequences. He accepted them. David knew all sin is primarily against God. He repented. David trusted in God’s grace and mercy. He received God’s forgiveness. David found a way to move forward in faith.
I allowed myself to be tormented by my sins failures and mistakes. I harmed people I love. I failed to lead in a Godly manner. How can I move forward?
David was a mighty warrior. He fought the enemies of God’s people. His life was full of triumph and tragedy. He served the Lord with tireless energy and enthusiasm. He also experienced shame and weariness. He knew joy and depression.
David begins this psalm by asking the Lord to hear his prayer. Then he reveals why God called him; “A man after My own heart.” David pursued relationship with God all the days of his life, how? David stayed in constant communication God. David prayed!
David fled to God when he was overwhelmed weary and distressed. The Lord was his fortress and strong tower, a place where he could take refuge recharge and regroup. When David was overwhelmed by sin and shame he received God’s mercy and grace.
David fought through the adversity in his life through faith in God!
Jesus wants to be our fortress and strong tower when we are overwhelmed weary and distressed. Jesus is the place where we can take refuge recharge and regroup. When we are overwhelmed by sin and shame we can receive God’s mercy and grace.
We can fight through the adversity in our lives through faith in Jesus!
Be a person after God’s own heart. Turn to Jesus when you experience the joy of victory. Turn to Jesus when you experience tragedy and defeat.
Jesus wants you to pursue relationship with Him all the days of your life. Raise your voice to Jesus in the morning when you rise out of bed. Look up to Jesus when you lay your head down at night. Stay in communication with Jesus!
Cry out to Jesus in prayer. The house of the Lord is full of grace and mercy!
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