Daily Reading

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  1. Prepare

    When you face troubles, where does your mind go? Do you go inward? Do you turn to God?

  2. Bible passage: Psalm 5

    Psalm 5

    For the director of music. For flutes. A psalm of David.
     1 Give ear to my words, O LORD,
           consider my sighing.

     2 Listen to my cry for help,
           my King and my God,
           for to you I pray.

     3 In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice;
           in the morning I lay my requests before you
           and wait in expectation.

     4 You are not a God who takes pleasure in evil;
           with you the wicked cannot dwell.

     5 The arrogant cannot stand in your presence;
           you hate all who do wrong.

     6 You destroy those who tell lies;
           bloodthirsty and deceitful men
           the LORD abhors.

     7 But I, by your great mercy,
           will come into your house;
           in reverence will I bow down
           toward your holy temple.

     8 Lead me, O LORD, in your righteousness
           because of my enemies—
           make straight your way before 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.

     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.

     12 For surely, O LORD, you bless the righteous;
           you surround them with your favor as with a shield.

  3. Explore

    Are you a morning person? Do you get up and get stuck in to the day? This psalm suggests that David is up at the crack of dawn. He is up crying out to God because he is aware of the challenges that face him. He is being pursued and needs help (v 1–3).

    He is aware of external pressures and the evil present in the world, and shouts this out to God in song. I don’t think many of these lyrics would make it into many songs these days. There is an honesty and a rawness (vs 4–10).

    David is reminded of God’s love and protection over his people (vs 11,12). He reminds us to take our refuge in God. We are not to run to false gods but to run to the love of our heavenly Father. How do we know we are loved? God has demonstrated his mercy in Jesus and we may know the truth of this love by his Spirit.

    Clive Parnell

  4. Respond

    ‘Father, it is so easy to lose sight of your love when challenges come. Thank you for reminding me that we can sing in the storms. We can be glad in you. Help me sing today and fix my eyes on Jesus. Help me sing in the rain as well as the sun. Amen.’

  5. Deeper Bible study

    Our psalm sums up David’s story. The attribution ‘of David’ may not mean authorship, but simply that it was part of his collection, or was written for him, or about him. Regardless of authorship, the words are appropriate on his lips. David’s life demonstrates the acknowledgement of the psalm that God is the true king (v 2) and his trust in God’s protection finds its echo in the cry for help in verses 1–3. David has also learnt through his own bitter experience that ‘The bloodthirsty and deceitful you, Lord, detest’. (v 6b). He was like that once, covering up his adultery with murder (2 Sam 11). Yet, by God’s great love (v 7) he can enter God’s Temple and offer up his prayers to him. Indeed, he can count himself as one of the righteous (v 12) despite his former sins.

    The key request of the psalmist, which David understands clearly, is to be led in the right path (v 8), especially as ‘enemies’ – both external and internal – can tempt or push one towards the crooked way, the easy short cut that ignores God and his commands. As the psalm calls on God’s judgement on human rebellion and intrigue (v 10), again David can look back and see this in the events of his own life. Those who persistently rebelled against God – Saul, Absalom, Sheba – all met their downfall, while David could take refuge and rejoice in the certainty of God’s protection (vs 11,12).

    Read in the light of David’s story, this psalm is a great encouragement to all who are conscious of their sins and who feel less than righteous. David’s story demonstrates that those who repent and seek God can trust his unfailing love. He can be a shield against both external and internal enemies and lead us in the straight path.

    Csilla Saysell
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    Read the Bible in a year.

    2 Chronicles 16,17

    Psalm 73
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