Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my sighing. Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray. In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation. Psalm 5:1-3
Please read and/or listen to Psalm 5 again today. As David’s prayer guides us into prayer with God, he reveals the expectation that comes from urgent, persistent prayer. There is an urgency in the opening lines of the psalm. There also appears to be a persistence in the nature of the prayer. It is as if it was something that he had been considering through the night and awoke with this on his heart. Has that ever happened to you? Have you awoken with something heavy on your heart? David shows us that we can take that immediately and firstly to the Lord in prayer. Notice that he sighs (or groans), using words and cries. There is no correct language to use when we come to the Lord. Sometimes it may be in sighs or groans. Sometimes you may know the words to speak. Other times it can be in cries of lament. David pours his heart out to his King and his God with all three of these in urgent, persistent, morning prayer waiting expectantly for God to answer. How can this impact the way that you come to the Lord in prayer. How are you expectantly laying your prayers before him?