I COME TO MY KING AND MY GOD EACH MORNING
AND LIFT UP MY VOICE
BUT SOMETIMES I AM SO TROUBLED BY SITUATIONS, I AM DISTRACTED, ANXIOUS.
RECENTLY WHEN TELLING A DEAR FRIEND ABOUT DANGER A CHILD IS FACING, SHE STARTED TO PRAY
AND THEN STUTTERED AND STOPPED, SAYING:
LORD – I DON’T KNOW HOW TO PRAY. I ONLY KNOW YOU ARE BIG AND I ASK FOR YOUR HELP.
WHEN WE DON’T KNOW HOW TO PRAY, OUR GOD HAS COMPASSION, HEARING OUR DESPERATE CRY
AND THEN HIS SPIRIT PRAYS FOR US
THAT IS THE SENSE OF PSALM 5.
DAVID IS SO TROUBLED HE DOESN’T EVEN HAVE WORDS,
BUT HE CRIES OUT AND ASKS THE LORD TO CONSIDER HIS MEDITATION, HIS TUMULTUOUS THOUGHTS.
FOR THE SPIRIT SEARCHES OUR HEARTS AND PRAYS WHEN WE DO NOT KNOW WHAT TO DO.
WE CAN’T COUNSEL THE LORD, BUT WE CAN CRY OUT!
THIS PSALM ALSO TELLS US TO CRY OUT AND THEN, WAIT FOR HIS ANSWER.
MAY WE BE STILL AND KNOW HE IS GOD.
HE WILL COME IN A STILL SMALL VOICE
OR ASTONISH US WITH ACTION.
HE IS THE KING, I TELL YOU.
Psalm 6 is a sister to Psalm 5 in that the psalmist continues his weeping, continues his lament against workers of iniquity. Psalm 6 is considered the first of the seven penetential psalms, though as Sinclair Ferguson said, a more accurate category would be sorrowful psalms, for some do not seem penetential. We’ll focus on Psalm 5, but also catch the heart of Psalm 6 this week, for a lament is another excellent way to pray when we don’t know how to pray.
When Steve and I were looking for psalms songs to put on the CD that goes with our psalm study, A Woman of Worship, we had to choose between Integrity Music and Maranatha. We chose Integrity, but it was a hard choice when I heard Maranatha’s version of Psalm 5, for it penetrated my heart. I am glad to post it here and encourage you to listen daily and learn the words — it will be easy with this wonderful melody.
Also, Elizabeth discovered a wonderful resource this week that we will be using –a project putting all the psalms to music. Here it is — avail yourself of it — they catch the heart of each psalm. (I picture Joyce listening as she is holding her special needs daughter in bed — and all of us, when we need these truths so badly, listening, listening.) http://thepsalmsprojectband.
1. What stands out to you from the above and why?
2. If possible, give an example from the Old Testament where God saw the heartache, groaning, or weeping of one of HIs and responded. What did He do? How does this comfort you with a situation you might be facing right now?
Monday-Wednesday Bible Study and Prayer
Listen to Maranatha sing the opening to Psalm 5.
1. Meditate on Psalm 5:1-3
A. What is David asking of the Lord in verses 1-2?
B. Read verse 3 in the following translations and then share what you are being taught.
My voice You shall hear in the morning, O Lord; In the morning I will direct it to You, And I will look up. (NKJV)
In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly. (NIV)
C. What do you believe the psalmist is saying in verse 3 and why?
D. Spurgeon says an hour in the morning is worth two in the evening. Do you agree? Why or why not?
2. Using Psalm 5:1-3 pray it for a situation in your life that troubles you.
3. Meditate on Psalm 5:4-8.
A. What is David’s argument to the Lord for removing his enemies from him?
B. What similarities do you see with Psalm 1?
When I was contemplating verse 8, a picture from Pilgrim’s Progress came to mind, and then Sinclair Ferguson, in the sermon you’ll hear this week, referred to the same scene. It is when Pilgrim, in Pilgrim’s Progress, has to pass between two lions to get to the Celestial City, They were chained, “but he did not see the chains.” Often our fears become anxieties, when we do not trust that the Lord will care for us, will do all things well in His time.
C. Compare Psalm 5:8 to Psalm 23:4. What do you see?
4. Now pray through an anxiety you have using Psalm 5:7-8 to guide you.
5. Read Psalm 5:9-12.
A. Here David describes our enemies, and they are terrifying indeed. What do you learn about them?
B. In Romans 3, Paul quotes this passage, but applies it to all mankind — to us. I often think of the phrase from The Song of Songs — we are dark, yet lovely. Both before Christ and after Christ, we must see the darkness in our own hearts, or we deceive ourselves. As you look at these descriptions, write a prayer of confession to the Lord.
6. Psalm 6, while categorized as penetential, seems to be more accurately a lament. In a lament, there is usually a turn, where the psalmist turns from focusing on himself to focusing on God. When you are so troubled you don’t know how to pray, you can lament — but then it is important, as in Psalm 5, to “wait in expectation for His answer.” Usually that answer is to remind you to trust in God, for His character and power are great. Read Psalm 6 and find the turn from focusing on himself to focusing on the Lord.
HOW LONG O LORD?
7. What is the question of Psalm 3:6? Have you ever felt that way?
This is a theme of the laments. Derek Kidner says: “All God delays are maturings, either of time, as in Psalm 37, or of man, as in Psalm 119:67.
8, How does Psalm 6 end? What resolution do you see in this? Can you praise the Lord for the victory that will one day be ahead for you? Do so here.
Sinclair Ferguson is a gifted preacher originating from Scotland. This sermon is from The Gospel Coalition website. Listen and share your notes: LINK
9. What is your take-a-way and why?