…Psalm 5: A Prayer for Guidance

jonathan-represents-love-of-jesusFollowing these days, Jonathan made a covenant with David because he loved him.  Jonathan took off the robe he was wearing and gave it to David. He also gave him his military clothes. He gave him his sword, his bow and his belt.   Jonathan’s covenant with David was a promise eternal love.  “What’s mine is yours”—it was a friendship based on trust and obedience to God.  After the last Philistine had fallen and the Israelite men returned home from the long battle, the women ran out to greet them. They began to dance and sing praises. They sang, “Saul has killed thousands of men… and David has killed tens of thousands.”   Saul believed the only thing left for him was to gain the kingdom itself.” From that time on, Saul became very jealous of David

The next day, an evil spirit came upon Saul again.  David came to sooth him—while playing Saul grabbed a spear and threw it at David, but David got away from him two times. Saul sent David away and made him the commander of 1,000 men in his army. In everything he did, he was very successful. That’s because the Lord was with him.  Realizing that the Lord was with David, he also recognized that his daughter Michal loved David.  So Saul became even more afraid of him. He remained David’s enemy as long as he was king. The Philistine commanders kept on going out to battle. Every time they did, David had more success against them than the rest of Saul’s officers. So his name became well known.

David, would never put his king to death even when he has what seems like the perfect opportunity to do so.  From here on, Saul becomes openly intent on killing David and anyone he thinks might support or defend him.   –Passage: 1 Samuel 18 

Psalm 5 is David’s prayer for guidance.  Praise naturally came from the lips of David—no matter what the situation. We all have enemies.  But as a follower of Christ our enemies are most often in the unseen realm… Satan himself.  He is the accuser and the one who most mis-represents us. When our praises ascend to God— it silences Satan. Praise invokes the power and presence of God.

PSALM 5

A Prayer for Guidance   A Psalm of David.
1     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.
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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.
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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 enemy, 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.
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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 defend them—
     Let those also who love Your name be joyful in You.nn
12     For You, O Lord, will bless the righteous, with favor You will surround him as with a shield.
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