Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Psalm 5

1 Listen to my words, Lord,
   consider my lament.
2 Hear my cry for help,
   my King and my God,
   for to you I pray.
3 In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice;
   in the morning I lay my requests before you
   and wait expectantly.
4 For you are not a God who is pleased with wickedness;
   with you, evil people are not welcome.
5 The arrogant cannot stand
   in your presence.
You hate all who do wrong;
6     you destroy those who tell lies.
The bloodthirsty and deceitful
   you, Lord, detest.
7 But I, by your great love,
   can come into your house;
in reverence I bow down
   towards your holy temple.
8 Lead me, Lord, in your righteousness
   because of my enemies –
   make your way straight before me.
9 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.
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 Surely, Lord, you bless the righteous;
   you surround them with your favour as with a shield.
LORD help me each morning to lay my requests for Kingdom advance before you and then to wait expectantly. Today LORD I pray for….. Amen.

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