We are taking a break from our study in the Book of Mark and offer these daily devotionals from the Book of Psalms in the interim. Each day, please read the chapter referenced, focusing on the verses provided below. We will resume our study of Mark next week.
A Prayer for Guidance
1Give ear to my words, O Lord, consider my meditation. 2Give heed to the voice of my cry, My king and my God, For to you I will pray. 3My voice You shall hear in the morning, O Lord; In the morning I will direct it to You, And I will look up. 4For You are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness, Nor shall evil dwell with You. 5The boastful shall not stand in Your sight; You hate all workers of iniquity. 6You shall destroy those who speak falsehood; The Lord abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful man. Psalm 5:1-6
When you are going through difficulty, do you find yourself slowing your pace, speaking words that are heavy and listening intently?
There are times we feel as though we have everything under control; however, at other times we sense an overwhelming need for the Lord to take His rightful place as King and God. When this happens, there seems to be an awakened depth to our sinfulness before a righteous Judge. If it were not for our Lord’s mercy endured here, we would be overcome by our own wickedness and shortcomings.
This chapter contrasts the wicked and the righteous. One cannot stand in His presence without His righteousness and mercy. Those who can stand before Him are ever aware that it’s because of His mercy they are not consumed. This will lead us to rejoice and shout for joy in His defense of us, and we will bless His righteousness.
As you move into this New Year and stand before Him, rejoice and shout for joy.