20180819

Psalms 5:3 In the morning, Yahveh, you hear my voice; in the morning I plead my case to you and watch in expectation.

This is not a person who waits until something bad happens and rushes to get God to rescue him from it. No, the psalmist begins his day with a full disclosure to his creator. Then, he spends the day watching to see how God is going to show up. For him, every day could be breakthrough day. But if it isn’t today, the next day repeats the cycle.

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20180818

Psalms 5:2 Pay attention to the sound of my cry, my King and my God, because I am praying to you.

The psalmist has only one king and one God. He comes to God not as a last resort but as his only hope. This is biblical prayer. We can work hard, as if it all depends on us, but we cannot stop there. We also need to pray hard, because it all really depends on him.

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20180817

Psalms 5:1 Listen to my words, Yahveh; think about what I am agonizing over.

The psalmist believes in prayer. He dares to believe that God will actually pay attention to words that he says.  If we cannot say that about our prayers, we need to revisit the cross. Surely a God who cared enough to send his Son to die for you cares about what you are struggling with!

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20180816

Psalms 4:8 I will both lie down and sleep in peace, because you alone, Yahveh, make me live in safety.

Not only does the psalmist appreciate the opportunity to witness about his relationship with God, he is also grateful for the security that knowing God gives. It is a feeling of safety that many accusers cannot take away.

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20180815

Psalms 4:7 You have put more joy in my heart than they have when they have an abundant grain and new wine harvest.

The psalmist reflects on his joy at knowing God, and considers it a greater blessing than his accusers have known. He is asking the LORD to help him show that joy as a testimony of God’s existence and faithfulness.

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20180814

Psalms 4:6 Many are asking, “Who can show us anything good? ” Let the light of your face shine on us, Yahveh.

The psalmist abruptly moves from talking to his accusers about his faith to talking to God about his witness. He sees these accusations not as a negative, but as a positive. They are opportunities to reflect the light of God’s face.

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20180813

Psalms 4:5 Offer the correct sacrifices and put your confidence in the LORD.

The psalmist continues to instruct his accusers in right behavior. He now tells them to try his religion. Sacrifice and faith are the two elements of his relationship with God that he mentions— but just as examples. In a sense, he’s saying that if they had the relationship with God that he has, they would not act the way they do.

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20180812

Psalms 4:4 Tremble and do not make this mistake. In your bed, reflect in your heart and be silent. Selah

The psalmist warns his accusers to think about what they are doing, and let wisdom and the fear of God keep them from making that mistake any more.

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20180811

Psalms 4:3 You should know that Yahveh has set apart the faithful one for himself; Yahveh will hear when I call to him.

The psalmist is still talking to his accusers. He’s telling them why their lies don’t matter to him. He has a champion who will make sure truth prevails. God has set him apart. His reputation is safe.

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20180810

Psalms 4:2 How long, you mere humans, will my honor be insulted? How long will you love what is worthless and chase after a lie? Selah

The psalmist turns back to his accusers and asks how long they plan on carrying out this kangaroo court. It is not proving anything. It merely gives them a chance to malign the character of God’s servant. When we go through such times, it is good to know that God will have the last word.

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