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Daily SCRIPTURE: PSALM 5 : 1-12 and devotional 22 October 2023
Psalm 5:1-12 (KJV):
1 Give ear to my words, O Lord, consider my meditation.
2 Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for unto thee will I pray.
3 My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.
4 For thou art not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness: neither shall evil dwell with thee.
5 The foolish shall not stand in thy sight: thou hatest all workers of iniquity.
6 Thou shalt destroy them that speak leasing: the Lord will abhor the bloody and deceitful man.
7 But as for me, I will come into thy house in the multitude of thy mercy: and in thy fear will I worship toward thy holy temple.
8 Lead me, O Lord, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies; make thy way straight before my face.
9 For there is no faithfulness in their mouth; their inward part is very wickedness; their throat is an open sepulcher; they flatter with their tongue.
10 Destroy thou them, O God; let them fall by their own counsels; cast them out in the multitude of their transgressions; for they have rebelled against thee.
11 But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee.
12 For thou, Lord, wilt bless the righteous; with favor wilt thou compass him as with a shield.
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Devotional for October 22, 2023:
The Book of Psalms is a source of comfort, inspiration, and guidance for many in times of prayer and meditation. In Psalm 5, we find a heartfelt plea for God’s guidance, protection, and justice. This Psalm can serve as a powerful reminder of the relationship we have with our Creator.
- Starting the Day with God: The Psalmist emphasizes the importance of beginning the day with prayer and meditation. As we open our eyes each morning, it is a perfect time to direct our thoughts and concerns to God, seeking His guidance and strength for the day ahead.
- God’s Holiness: This passage acknowledges God’s holiness and His abhorrence of wickedness. It reminds us that God is a just God who cannot tolerate evil. Therefore, as we approach Him in prayer, we should come with humility, acknowledging our need for His grace and mercy.
- God’s Protection: The Psalmist acknowledges that God defends and blesses the righteous. This is a message of hope and assurance. We can take comfort in the fact that God is our shield, protecting us from harm and guiding us in His righteousness.
- Trust and Rejoice: The Psalm concludes with a call to trust in the Lord and to rejoice in Him. As we put our trust in God, we can find true joy, even in the midst of life’s challenges. Our faith and trust in God provide a foundation for our joy.
Today, as you reflect on Psalm 5, consider starting your day with a moment of prayer and meditation. Seek God’s guidance, acknowledge His holiness, and trust in His protection. Find joy in your relationship with Him, knowing that He is your shield and defender. Remember that God is always ready to hear your cries and to lead you in His righteousness.