Daily Devotional Monday 31st May 2021by William Moody
Lead Me in Your Righteousness
To the choirmaster: for the flutes. A Psalm of David.
5:1 Give ear to my words, O LORD;
consider my groaning.
2 Give attention to the sound of my cry,
my King and my God,
for to you do I pray.
3 O LORD, in the morning you hear my voice;
in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you1 and watch.
4 For you are not a God who delights in wickedness;
evil may not dwell with you.
5 The boastful shall not stand before your eyes;
you hate all evildoers.
6 You destroy those who speak lies;
the LORD abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful man.
7 But I, through the abundance of your steadfast love,
will enter your house.
I will bow down toward your holy temple
in the fear of you.
8 Lead me, O LORD, in your righteousness
because of my enemies;
make your way straight before me.
9 For there is no truth in their mouth;
their inmost self is destruction;
their throat is an open grave;
they flatter with their tongue.
10 Make them bear their guilt, O God;
let them fall by their own counsels;
because of the abundance of their transgressions cast them out,
for they have rebelled against you.
11 But let all who take refuge in you rejoice;
let them ever sing for joy,
and spread your protection over them,
that those who love your name may exult in you.
12 For you bless the righteous, O LORD;
you cover him with favor as with a shield.
O Lord, Deliver My Life
To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments; according to The Sheminith.2 A Psalm of David.
6:1 O LORD, rebuke me not in your anger,
nor discipline me in your wrath.
2 Be gracious to me, O LORD, for I am languishing;
heal me, O LORD, for my bones are troubled.
3 My soul also is greatly troubled.
But you, O LORD—how long?
4 Turn, O LORD, deliver my life;
save me for the sake of your steadfast love.
5 For in death there is no remembrance of you;
in Sheol who will give you praise?
6 I am weary with my moaning;
every night I flood my bed with tears;
I drench my couch with my weeping.
7 My eye wastes away because of grief;
it grows weak because of all my foes.
8 Depart from me, all you workers of evil,
for the LORD has heard the sound of my weeping.
9 The LORD has heard my plea;
the LORD accepts my prayer.
10 All my enemies shall be ashamed and greatly troubled;
they shall turn back and be put to shame in a moment.
In Psalm 5 David comes before the Lord with a mixture of eagerness, earnestness, expectancy and with a sense of awe at his King and God (v1-3). How do you approach God? Is it like this?
David delights in the Lord because of His righteousness and hatred of evil (v4-6). God is to be praised because of his Holy displeasure of evil, He doesn’t wink at sin.
Yet David can come in faith before this God because of the multitude of His mercy (v7). He comes with both faith and fear (a sense of reverence). This right attitude causes David to come to worship not to see his own will done but to be led into God’s right paths (v8).
The Psalm ends with a contrast between the unrighteous (v9-10) and the righteous (v11-12). There is a contrast between how they use their tongues (v9&11) and what they receive from God (v10&12).
We need to closely examine the characteristics of these two groups, (v9&11) and ask ‘Which description fits my life best?’
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