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 today. This is a morning psalm as is Psalm 3. It is between two evening psalms (4 & 6). It is also a wonderful model of how to approach God if we are to be heard by him and what to expect of him when we do come in this way. It is not until verse eight that a request is made known. The psalm begins by showing the need for humility in approaching God. In the first three verses, there are three acknowledgments of God that are a display of this humility. He calls on the LORD. This is that awesome name of God that signifies his presence among his people. It is the name by which he can be known known. It is the name he has given himself. Then David calls God, my God—my King. Here we see the acknowledgement by David that God was the one who reigned over his life. There is a release of autonomy. No longer is David the king of his life-no longer is David the god of his life. God is. God is his God, indeed his ruler. This is the humility that allows us to come into the presence of God. No pretense. No demanding spirit. Rather it is a humble entry into the presence of the Almighty. How do you begin your prayers? Do you start with an acknowledgement of God’s rightful reign over your life?