Saturday, September 20, 2008

Psalm Five...

Give ear to my words, O Lord;
consider my groaning.
Give attention to the sound of my cry,
my King and my God,
for to you do I pray.
O Lord, in the morning you hear my voice;
in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you and watch.

For you are not a God who delights in wickedness;
evil may not dwell with you.
The boastful shall not stand before your eyes;
you hate all evildoers.
You destroy those who speak lies;
the Lord abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful man.

But I, through the abundance of your steadfast love,
will enter your house.
I will bow down toward your holy temple
in the fear of you.
Lead me, O Lord, in your righteousness
because of my enemies;
make your way straight before me.

For there is no truth in their mouth;
their inmost self is destruction;
their throat is an open grave;
they flatter with their tongue.
Make them bear their guilt, O God;
let them fall by their own counsels;
because of the abundance of their transgressions cast them out,
for they have rebelled against you.

But let all who take refuge in you rejoice;
let them ever sing for joy,
and spread your protection over them,
that those who love your name may exult in you.
For you bless the righteous, O Lord;
you cover him with favor as with a shield.

word: “refuge”
phrase: “Lead me, O Lord, in your righteousness”
call: “For you are not a God who delights in wickedness; evil may not dwell with you.” So many times in my life I have been lead astray, hurt by promises that could not be kept, stepped on by someone’s words, and left in pieces when someone walked out. But what an encouragement to know that evil cannot dwell with the Lord! God will never leave me hurt or broken. He loves with a steadfast, unfailing love that will never end. How could I not rejoice and sing for joy? :)

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