A Morning Prayer for Guidance
Verse 1 – Give ear to my words, O Lord, consider my meditation.
Verse 2 – Give heed to the voice of my cry, My King, My god, for to You I will pray.
Verse 3 – My voice You shall hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning I will direct it to You, and I will look up.
David started his day with God. We would be wise to do the same. We have no idea what our day holds, so why not start our day with thanks and asking God to protect and guide us in every situation before “that”situation comes?
Verse 4 – For You are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness, nor shall evil dwell with You.
Verse 5 – The boastful shall not stand in Your sight; You hate all workers of iniquity.
God does not excuse sin. There is no such thing as a “Little white lie.” As believers, the more we grow spiritually, our sensitivity to sin increases, or it should. We should know in an instant whether we should say or do that, or not.
Verse 6 – You shall destroy those who speak falsehood; the Lord abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful man.
Verse 7 – But as for me, I will come into Your house in a multitude of Your mercy; In fear of You I will worship toward Your holy temple.
Don’t you just hate it when people have lied about you? This is how David felt. David didn’t want to boast or stretch the truth to God. He only wanted to come into His presence hoping to receive mercy.
Verse 8 – Lead me, O Lord, in Your righteousness because of mine enemies; make Your way straight before my face.
Verse 9 – For there is no faithfulness in their mouth; their inward part is destruction; their throat is an open tomb; they flatter with their tongue.
Jesus said this very same thing in Matthew 15:18 – “But those things that precede out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man.” If you want to know how a person really feels about a matter, listen to what they say and how they say it. If they flatter, is there a motive behind it?
Verse 10 – Pronounce them guilty, O God! Let them fall by their own counsels; cast them out in the multitude of their transgressions for they have rebelled against You.
Since David’s enemies were intent on death and destruction, David asked that God let their schemes bring their own destruction.
Verse 11 – But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You; let them ever shout for joy because You defend them; let those also who love Your name be joyful in You.
Verse 12 – For You, O Lord, will bless the righteous; with favor You will surround him as with a shield.
The emphasis in these verses is on God’s protection for those who remain faithful to Him. Refuge, shelter, surround and shield, evoke military ideas. Shelter-protective gear for battle. Surround-enemies preparing to attack. Shield-describes a large piece of flattened metal that was placed in front of a soldier to protect the entire body (1 Kings 10:16).
Ephesians 6:11; 6:13-17-Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. (Notice Paul didn’t say, “fight against,” he said “Stand!”) 6:13-17-Paul says stand again. (1) gird your waist with truth (out of the belly shall flow living water, your spirit.(2) breastplate of righteousness; your heart. (3) shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace–God’s grace will lead you by the truth of the gospel. (4) shield of faith–calling those things which are not seen as though they were. (5) the helmet of salvation–your mind. Think right and you will do right.