June 12, 2022
Psalm 5:1-2 NIV
"Listen to my words, Lord, consider my lament. Hear my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray."
Psalm 5:3 NIV
"In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly."
When is the right time to be with God?
Mark 1:35 NIV
"Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed."
"An hour in the morning is worth two in the evening. While the dew is on the grass, let grace drop upon the soul." - Charles Spurgeon
Luke 5:16 NIV
"But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed."
"In order that a prayer should be really unto God, there must be a definite and conscious approach to God when we pray; we must have a definite and vivid realization that God is bending over us and listening as we pray." - R.A. Torrey, How to Pray
John 11:41-42 NIV
"So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, 'Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.'"
Pray with confidence that in Jesus’ name God is listening and acting on your behalf.
1a) Psalm 5:1-3
1b) Psalm 5:4
1c) Psalm 5:5
1d) Psalm 5:6
THE POINT: Psalm 5:7-8 – The central hope and resolution.
2d) Psalm 5:9
2c) Psalm 5:10a
2b) Psalm 5:10b
2a) Psalm 5:11-12
Psalm 5:4-6 NIV
"For you are not a God who is pleased with wickedness; with you, evil people are not welcome. The arrogant cannot stand in your presence. You hate all who do wrong; you destroy those who tell lies. The bloodthirsty and deceitful you, Lord, detest."
Psalm 5:9-10 NIV
"Not a word from their mouth can be trusted; their heart is filled with malice. Their throat is an open grave; with their tongues they tell lies. Declare them guilty, O God! Let their intrigues be their downfall. Banish them for their many sins, for they have rebelled against you."
Psalms 79:6-7 NIV
"Pour out your wrath on the nations that do not acknowledge you, on the kingdoms that do not call on your name; for they have devoured Jacob and devastated his homeland."
Psalm 137:8-9 NIV
"Daughter Babylon, doomed to destruction, happy is the one who repays you according to what you have done to us. Happy is the one who seizes your infants and dashes them against the rocks."
Prayer to God is the safest place to pour out all of life’s frustrations, but also the place to have our hearts transformed by God’s holy presence again.
Matthew 5:43-48 NIV
"You have heard that it was said, 'Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect."
"This is a good way to measure how well you are praying and whether, as you pray, you are drawing close to God or are merely mouthing words. If you are drawing close to God, you will become increasingly sensitive to sin, which is inevitable since the God you are approaching is a holy God." - James Montgomery Boice
Psalm 5:7 NIV
"But I, by your great love, can come into your house; in reverence, I bow down toward your holy temple."
Psalm 5:8 NIV
"Lead me, Lord, in your righteousness because of my enemies—make your way straight before me."
Psalm 5:11-12 NIV
"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. Surely, Lord, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield."