Psalms of Honesty and Truth
There are days, like this morning, that I couldn’t wait to get out of bed and run to God…not with delight but with cries for help. Sometimes our systematic praying is put aside to simply run to God, like a child who has been hurt, runs to mom or dad. If someone else listened in, our cries might be judged as selfish. Don’t judge. We are just being honest. We hurt. We know who to run to for help. We know who will calm us, bring peace and pour unconditional love over us until the hurt is soothed, and we realize, once again, with the help of God’s Holy Spirit, how to keep moving forward.
This is David’s Psalm of honesty. He begins with cries for help, stating his cause and ends with praise for the One and Only who can calm his fears and anxiety and can talk him off the ledge of life. We can learn from David’s system of prayer…honesty and truth. Maybe that’s why he is the “apple of God’s eyes”. God is Truth. God hears only truth, whether we speak it out loud or not.
Psalm 5, The Message
1-3 Listen, God! Please, pay attention!
Can you make sense of these ramblings,
my groans and cries?
King-God, I need your help.
you’ll hear me at it again.
I lay out the pieces of my life
on your altar
and watch for fire to descend.
4-6 You don’t socialize with Wicked,
or invite Evil over as your houseguest.
Hot-Air-Boaster collapses in front of you;
you shake your head over Mischief-Maker.
God destroys Lie-Speaker;
Blood-Thirsty and Truth-Bender disgust you.
7-8 And here I am, your invited guest—
I enter your house; here I am,
prostrate in your inner sanctum,
Waiting for directions
to get me safely through enemy lines.
9-10 Every word they speak is a land mine;
their lungs breathe out poison gas.
Their throats are gaping graves,
their tongues slick as mudslides.
Pile on the guilt, God!
Let their so-called wisdom wreck them.
Kick them out! They’ve had their chance.
11-12 But you’ll welcome us with open arms
when we run for cover to you.
Let the party last all night!
Stand guard over our celebration.
You are famous, God, for welcoming God-seekers,
for decking us out in delight.
What do we learn?
–Come before God with honesty. He can take it.
–David was open with the Lord and admitted his inward pain (“meditation” can be translated “groaning”), and his prayer was a cry for help.
–David was a man with a broken heart, but he knew that the Lord understood his sighs and groanings (see Rom. 8:26).
–We may come to God’s gracious throne with “freedom of speech” (“boldly” in Heb. 4:16; and see 10:19) because the Father knows our hearts and our needs and welcomes us.
–No matter how we feel…come to God…every morning.
–David kept this appointment “morning by morning” and allowed nothing to interfere. (See Ps. 55:17-18; 59:16; 88:13; 92:2.)
–The Lord expects those who love Him to love what He loves and hate what He hates.
–Evil is not an abstraction; it’s a terrible force in this world, wrecking lives and capturing people for hell. God’s hatred of evil isn’t emotional; it’s judicial, an expression of His holiness.
–It is the evil in this world that brings on our “pain”, so crying out to the Lord is inevitable, unavoidable and necessary!
–David prayed for guidance, justice, and God’s blessing.
–Finally, David began his devotions seeking help for himself but ended by seeking blessing for all the people, including his enemies. That’s the way our devotional times ought to end. Then what God desires becomes more what we desire. We are delighted in His desires. We are one with the Three in One.
We pray this Psalm in Your Blessed, Holy Name dear Jesus, Amen.