Reflecting on God’s Word . . .

Psalm 5:1-8 NLT

[1] O LORD, hear me as I pray; pay attention to my groaning.

[2] Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God, for I pray to no one but you.

[3] Listen to my voice in the morning, LORD. Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly.

[4] O God, you take no pleasure in wickedness; you cannot tolerate the sins of the wicked.

[5] Therefore, the proud may not stand in your presence, for you hate all who do evil.

[6] You will destroy those who tell lies. The LORD detests murderers and deceivers.

[7] Because of your unfailing love, I can enter your house; I will worship at your Temple with deepest awe.

[8] Lead me in the right path, O LORD, or my enemies will conquer me. Make your way plain for me to follow.

Reflection . . .

Psalm 5 instructs us in many things, but here in these verses the Psalmist demonstrates his full dependance on the Lord. “I pray to no one but you.”

Do you have a regular habit of prayer and conversation with the Lord?

We hear about having a Quiet Time with the Lord or doing our Devotions. These are great habits to develop and the Psalmist made a regular habit of calling out to the Lord in the morning making requests of the Lord and waiting expectantly!

Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly.

Psalm 5:3b NLT

This may sound simple or perhaps difficult, but it’s a way you can . . .

Cultivate a regular habit in God’s Word and Prayer:

  • Think of a time of day that is best for you to focus your attention for Prayer and Spending time reading, meditating and listening to God’s Word.
  • Schedule a time to do it! Make it a sacred time for you where no one, nothing will easily interrupt or squeeze out that time you have set aside.
  • Put it on your calendar! Make a post-it note and put it somewhere you’ll see it (Fridge, Mirror, Desk, Bedside, etc.) to remind you that you’ve set that time aside daily.
  • Do it! Today, tomorrow, make sure you make that time happen!
  • You will need to do it regularly for it to become a good habit. Some people need more time that others and it may take weeks or even months before it becomes such a habit that you automatically want to do it.
  • Keep a journal or notes, or something that will help you keep focused during that time. Make note of what you are reading/learning from God’s Word, and write down the things you are praying for. It doesn’t have to be fancy or long, it could be just a few bullet points.
  • Ask the Lord to help you make this a great habit!