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Good morning: Psalm 5- “A Prayer For Guidance”

Good morning, my brothers and sisters in Christ.


Introduction:

Psalm 5 is a prayerful poem found in the Book of Psalms in the Bible. It reflects on seeking God's guidance, protection, and justice while expressing trust in His righteousness. The psalmist appeals for God's attention and mercy in the face of adversaries, emphasizing the contrast between the wicked and the righteous. Overall, it's a heartfelt plea for divine guidance and deliverance.


A Prayer for Guidance

To the Chief Musician. With [a]flutes. A Psalm of David.

5 Give ear to my words, O Lord,

Consider my [b]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 [c]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 [d]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 [e]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.

11 But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You;

Let them ever shout for joy, because You [f]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.


Scripture Breakdown with Spiritual Teachings:

1. Verses 1-3: Morning Prayer:

- Teaching: Begin your day with prayer, seeking God's attention and laying your concerns before Him. Acknowledge His sovereignty and commit your requests with faith.


2. Verses 4-6: God's Holiness and Hatred of Evil:

- Teaching: Reflect on the holiness of God and His righteous nature. Understand that He abhors evil, and align your heart with His values. Seek to distance yourself from wrongdoing.


3. Verses 7-8: Access to God's House:

- Teaching: Rejoice in the privilege of approaching God's dwelling. Recognize the significance of worship and spiritual presence. Cultivate a heart that longs to dwell in God's sanctuary.


4. Verses 9-10: Prayer Against Enemies:

- Teaching: When facing adversaries, trust in God's justice. Appeal to Him for protection and deliverance from those who oppose righteousness. Surrender your battles to God.


5. Verses 11-12: Blessings for the Righteous:

- Teaching: Embrace the promise of God's favor and protection for the righteous. Find joy and refuge in His love. Let gratitude and praise fill your heart as you acknowledge His blessings.


In summary, Psalm 5 teaches us to start our day with prayer, recognize God's holiness, seek His presence, trust in His justice during adversity, and find comfort in the blessings reserved for the righteous. It encourages a deep spiritual connection, reliance on God's guidance, and a commitment to righteous living.


In Christ, love ❤️ Jared W. Campbell


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