READ Psalm 5:1–6.
1 Listen to my words, LORD, consider my lament.
2 Hear my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray.
3 In the morning, LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.
4 For you are not a God who is pleased with wickedness; with you, evil people are not welcome.
5 The arrogant cannot stand in your presence. You hate all who do wrong;
6 you destroy those who tell lies. The bloodthirsty and deceitful you, LORD, detest.
Read the psalm portion twice slowly. Then ask three questions and write out your answers:
Adore—What did you learn about God for which you could praise or thank him?
🔹God is a listening God. God is a holy God, A God that detest deceitful people.
Admit—What did you learn about yourself for which you could repent?
I repent that I don’t call, don’t cry out to God often enough. There is always something to talk to God about, why do I continually put it off? “Later!” is a terrible prayer mantra
Aspire—What did you learn about life that you could aspire to, ask for, and act on?
I like the NLT translation of verse two: Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God, for I pray to no one but you. “No one but you”’- way to often I talk with friends and family and coworkers about things that I should really be bringing to God.
Once you have answered these three questions, you have your own meditation on the psalm. Now read the meditation in the book and incorporate its insights into your journal notes. Finally, turn your meditation—already categorized as adoration, confession, and aspiration—into personal prayer, using the provided “on-ramp” prayer as well. This will take you into the deep level of wisdom and insight the psalms can provide. – Excerpt From: Timothy Keller & Kathy Keller. “The Songs of Jesus.“
POURING OUT OUR HEART. Many of the psalms begin with desperate “laments”—cries for help from deep within. This is uncensored prayer, straight from the heart. Even when we have no words to express our anguish, we can lay our requests before God. He expects us to come to him for refuge from our grief, fear, and pain and not to dull those emotions with amusements and distractions that promise, but can never deliver, blessing. We are to have confidence that he is the God who told Moses that he would faithfully commit himself in love to us, in grace, despite our sins and flaws (Exodus 6:7).
Prayer: All-knowing Lord, you see what is in my heart. All-powerful Lord, I don’t have the power to accomplish what needs to be done, so I spread out my requests before you. All-wise Lord, I know you hear and will act—but I know also I must wait on your wise timing, and so I will. Amen… Teach me to take my frustration to you first, my complaining to the Commander of the Lord’s Army, and my needs, to my King. There are situations, concerns, pressures, failings, and frustrations that “no one but you” need to hear. … The words echo in my heart “I need thee every hour” – What an understatement!