In this Psalm I saw myself in the description of David’s enemies more that I usually do. These enemies tell lies, are arrogant, and have rebelled against God. I’ve certainly been guilty of those things in my life, before and after becoming a Christian. So, as I read these verses, I am convicted of sin, but still hopeful that the Holy Spirit is at work in me, to sanctify me and help me grow in righteousness.
I rejoice at the verse which states: ”But I, by your great mercy, will come into your house.” What amazing words those are! It is a wonderful promise, while at the same time being an excellent reminder that I am not worthy to be in the presence of God aside from his great mercy! When I take the time to reflect on it, I am continually blown away by how much God loves me, and how gracious he is to forgive me of my sins!
My prayers are in italics.
For the director of music. For Flutes. A Psalm of David.
1 Give ear to my words, O Lord,
consider my sighing.
Lord God, I thank you that you listen to my prayers. I thank you that you can decipher my heart and emotion, and know exactly what I need, even when I’m not sure what to pray for.
2 Listen to my cry for help,
my King and my God,
for to you I pray.
I thank you that I can call to you for help, and that you are powerful enough to make a difference in my life, and answer prayers.
3 In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice;
in the morning I lay my requests before you
and wait in expectation.
Lord, I ask that you help me to be more regular about pouring out my heart to you. Lord, help me make this a regular habit in my life, that it may be something I do every morning, and that I see fruit from that regular communion with you.
4 You are not a God who takes pleasure in evil;
with you the wicked cannot dwell.
Lord, I thank you that the sin and evil in the world breaks your heart, that you are not indifferent. Thank you for caring enough about the evil in the world that you died for all sin.
Also, I praise you that you are so good that you cannot be with evil. Thank you that you are more powerful, and are set apart because you are holy.
5 The arrogant cannot stand in your presence;
you hate all who do wrong.
Lord, help me to not fall in this category! Help me to be humble, and to love righteousness.
6 You destroy those who tell lies;
bloodthirsty and deceitful men
the Lord abhors.
Lord, help me to tell the truth in all circumstances. Help me to not excuse lies or justify them. Help me to see loving you and your truth as more important than protecting myself or making myself look good by bending the truth.
7 But I, by your great mercy,
will come into your house;
in reverence will I bow down
toward your holy temple.
Lord, thank you for this great gift that you let me into your house, and allow me to commune with you, though I am a sinner. Your grace truly is amazing, especially when I remember the contrast of how holy you are and how sinful I am. Help me to not take my relationship with you for granted, but to treat you with honor and reverence. Help me remember that it is a privilege, and by grace alone, that I am allowed to be part of your family.
8 Lead me, O Lord, in your righeousness
because of my enemies-
make straight your way before me.
Lord God, help me to be growing in righteousness, and to stay on the path that you would have for me.
9 Not a word from their mouth can be trusted;
their heart is filled with destruction.
Their throat is an open grave;
with their tongue they speak deceit.
10 Declare them guilty, O God!
Let their intrigues be their downfall.
Banish them for their many sins,
for they have rebelled against you.
Lord, help me to be trustworthy in all that I say. Please keep me from rebelling against you or becoming sinful and proud. In my heart of hearts I want to live my life for you. Help me glorify you in all that I do. I thank you that you sent Jesus to die for my sins, so that I am no longer condemned, but am set free from sin, even though I am totally undeserving.
11 But let all who take refuge in you be glad;
let them ever sing for joy.
Spread your protection over them,
that those who love your name may rejoice in you.
Lord, thank you for giving us the option to take refuge in you! Thank you that you promise to protect us and take care of us, if we seek you. Thank you that my sins are covered by the blood of Jesus, so that I am able to be in relationship with you, and exchange my sin for his righteousness. Your extreme mercy to sinners like me is great reason to rejoice!
12 For surely, O Lord, you bless the righteous;
you surround them with your favor as with a shield.
Lord, I thank you for how you’ve bless me with totally undeserved grace!