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PSALM 5

I turn all my problems and my
enemies over to You, God.
Psa 5:1 (NIV) For the director of music. For flutes. A psalm of David. Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my sighing.

Lord, I face many issues that distress me. I have a tendency to take life’s problems on myself. I don’t know why. But, I worry about things that I know You will handle. I come to You right now and present my situation before You. I know You care and I know You will respond.


Psa 5:2 (NIV) Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray.

This isn’t a cry for help where I feel You won’t respond, God. I believe in all Your great love and concern for Your people. This is a cry for help because I know You are the real answer to my problems. I cry to You because You are the God of my life and the King of all my issues. I pray to You so as to give all my worries and fears over to You. Since I have You available to me, there is no reason for me to be concerned.


Psa 5:3 (NIV) In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.

Help me to always start my day with presenting myself and all my day to You. Then let me expect You to be with me all day long. Direct my attention to You and all the answers to my prayers. Deliver me from praying and then not being willing to see the great miracles You work in response to those prayers. I will wait with great expectation for a close relationship with You and miracles in all my circumstances. Then when the relationship grows and miracles come, I will praise You for it all.


Psa 5:4 (NIV) You are not a God who takes pleasure in evil; with you the wicked cannot dwell.

Sins hurt my relationship with You, God. Set me free from anything that is not pleasing to You. I thank You for the salvation Jesus purchased for me. Thank You for adopting me into Your family and making me Your child. Thank You for setting me free from a full record of sins. Thank You for crediting Your righteousness to my account. If that had not happened, I wouldn’t be able to gain Your pleasure or dwell in Your presence.


Psa 5:5 (NIV) The arrogant cannot stand in your presence; you hate all who do wrong.

Set me free from pride and self-dependence. Teach me to always look to You for all spiritual growth and blessings. I lay my job, my education, my talents, and my skills before You. I accept Your strength, knowledge, understanding, and wisdom in their place. Let the mind of Christ be superimposed over my mind. Give me Your plans, thoughts, and abilities. I need You in all I am and all I do. Psa 5:6 (NIV) You destroy those who tell lies; bloodthirsty and deceitful men the LORD abhors.

I believe You will handle all my enemies. I trust You to take care of those who lie against me. You know the truth in these situations. A lot of the time I feel like I have to vindicate myself. Often I am tempted to try to defend myself. I know You will fight against those who lie. I am sorry I don’t leave my reputation and my future in Your hands. You already abhor those who hate, assassinate people’s character, and live deceitful lives. I know You have asked me to leave these things in Your care. Help me to love my enemies; and, leave the rest to You.


Psa 5:7 (NIV) But I, by your great mercy, will come into your house; in reverence will I bow down toward your holy temple.

God, I don’t want to just come to You with my problems.
I want to present them and then move on into a love relationship with You. I want to praise You for all Your grace and mercy. You have already done so much for me. I don’t want to receive any answers to my prayers and not add it to my praise list. I don’t want to take anything You do for granted. I want to praise You constantly for all You have, are, and will do for and through me. I enter Your presence and bow down in complete reverence for how awesome You are.

You are so powerful, complete, and have no needs. Yet, You have decided to care about me. There is no reason You had to direct Your attention my way. But, You not only love me You were willing to die for me as well. You are a wonderful, spectacular God! I love You very much!


Psa 5:8 (NIV) Lead me, O LORD, in your righteousness because of my enemies-- make straight your way before me.

Don’t let those who fight, agitate, and resist me to alter my direction of life. I give You my attention. Make Your directions clear to me. Help me see the way You want me to go. Keep me focused on the things You want me to be thinking about. Direct me toward the activities you want me involved in. Protect me from being a reaction to those who are against me and You. I don’t want them dominating my thoughts. I want You and Your will to occupy all of my thoughts and decisions.


Psa 5:9 (NIV) Not a word from their mouth can be trusted; their heart is filled with destruction. Their throat is an open grave; with their tongue they speak deceit.

They are the way they are. Nothing I can say or do will make them change. If I argue, defend myself, reason with them, fight them, or try to get even with them; it will not help. Only You can change them or thwart their efforts. I put them in Your hands and look to You to empower me to show Your love to them.


Psa 5:10 (NIV) Declare them guilty, O God! Let their intrigues be their downfall. Banish them for their many sins, for they have rebelled against you.

If they will not repent and change, then I ask that You make a judgment against them. Pronounce Your verdict. Take the plans they had for me and let them fall into their own trap. If they refuse to live Your way, then let them be condemned so they can’t keep me from doing the work and living the life You have called me to live. Protect all Your people from these type of people.


Psa 5:11 (NIV) But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you.

Lord, I see You as the defender of my life and circumstances. Rather than protecting myself I turn to You for protection. You are so much more qualified to protect me and deal with the offenders. I am so glad that You take care of all these issues. It gives me time and the kind of attitudes to praise You. Being protected by You causes me great joy and inspires singing. My praises and songs of praise are much more heart felt when my trust is in You. I ask for Your constant protection. I give the protecting of myself over to You. I get out of Your way so You can start protecting me Your way. I dedicate myself to spending my time expressing my love for You and all You are doing.


Psa 5:12 (NIV) For surely, O LORD, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield.

I believe that You have heard and answered my prayer for protection. I believe You have made me righteous through Your Son, Christ Jesus. Since I have Your righteousness, I believe that You are blessing me. I believe You have surrounded me with Your favor like a shield. Thank You very much for the blessings, protection, and the peace that comes from it.

All my requests have been made in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ. All my praises have been made because of all He has done for me.





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