Poor David, He sure is worried about his enemies. I guess if I were on the run, fearing for my life, I would be worried about them too. Even in the midst of this trial – his faith remains in his God.
Then I think of the many persecuted Christians living through out the world, who have physical enemies, just as David did. They have suffered and sacrificed to follow Jesus, with desperate prayers burning in their hearts and on their lips. They do not give up and they still follow Christ with abandon.
I want to be honest, I have not suffered to follow Christ. Not like them.
Who are my enemies?
– Fear – Unbelief – Doubt – Distraction – Pride –
Just to name a few
For the choir director: A psalm of David, to be accompanied by the flute.
1 O Lord, hear me as I pray;
pay attention to my groaning.
2 Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God,
for I pray to no one but you.
3 Listen to my voice in the morning, Lord.
Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly.
4 O God, you take no pleasure in wickedness;
you cannot tolerate the sins of the wicked.
5 Therefore, the proud may not stand in your presence,
for you hate all who do evil.
6 You will destroy those who tell lies.
The Lord detests murderers and deceivers.
7 Because of your unfailing love, I can enter your house;
I will worship at your Temple with deepest awe.
8 Lead me in the right path, O Lord,
or my enemies will conquer me.
Make your way plain for me to follow.
9 My enemies cannot speak a truthful word.
Their deepest desire is to destroy others.
Their talk is foul, like the stench from an open grave.
Their tongues are filled with flattery.
10 O God, declare them guilty.
Let them be caught in their own traps.
Drive them away because of their many sins,
for they have rebelled against you.
11 But let all who take refuge in you rejoice;
let them sing joyful praises forever.
Spread your protection over them,
that all who love your name may be filled with joy.
12 For you bless the godly, O Lord;
you surround them with your shield of love.
Father, thank you for hearing me when I cry out to You. Some days as I see the suffering in this world, I have no words, only groans.
Never will I pray to anyone but You, Lord. Never.
I come back to You every morning. A new day with new challenges. I am excited as I wait to hear Your voice.
I know that You do not tolerate sinful wickedness – no, not one bit. Some days I try to close my eyes to it all – to the proud and the evil, the liars and deceivers, murders and abusers. Those that say and do unspeakable things.
I know that you have called me to pay attention and to pray with my eyes open.
Thank you that I live in a country where I can go to Your House and worship with arms wide open.
Help me not to stumble off of Your Path, so I will not be consumed by my enemies.
I really need You to make Your path for me – straight and plain, so that I don’t become lost.
Teach me to be alert, that I will not fall into the trap of false flattery. It does me no good at all.
Many will struggle against You and lead lives of destruction, I don’t want to be one of them.
You are my safe place, Lord. May Your praise always be on my lips, forever and always!
Thank you, that Your protection has me covered. Because I love You – I am filled with joy, no matter my circumstances.
Help me to live a life set apart to You, that I will always feel Your shield of love surround me.
Amen and Amen
Listen and Pray Along Here: Praying Psalm 5