1 Give ear to my words, O Lord, consider my groaning. 2 Heed the sound of my cry for help, my King, and my God, for to You I pray. 3 In the morning, O Lord, You will hear my voice; in the morning I will order my prayer to You and eagerly watch. 4 For You are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness; no evil dwells with You. 5 The boastful shall not stand before Your eyes; You hate all who do iniquity. 6 You destroy those who speak falsehood; the Lord abhors the man of bloodshed and deceit. 7 But as for me, by Your abundant lovingkindness I will enter Your house, at Your holy temple I will bow in reverence to You. 8 O Lord, lead me in Your righteousness because of my foes; make Your way straight before me. 9 There is nothing reliable in what they say; their inward part is destruction itself. Their throat is an open grave; they flatter with their tongue. 10 Hold them guilty, O God; By their own devices let them fall! In the multitude of their transgressions thrust them out, for they are rebellious against You. 11 But let all who take refuge in You be glad, let them ever sing for joy; and may You shelter them, that those who love Your name may exult in You. 12 For it is You who blesses the righteous man, O Lord, You surround him with favor as with a shield.
One thing I can honestly say I love about King David is he knew exactly who to complain to! There was a time in his life where a man cursed him right to his face in the company of many people, and instead of taking action as others told him he should have done, he just said, if God is allowing this man to curse me let him curse me. In other words, he complained to God but to others he showed grace and mercy. God will hear your complaints and take care of them, if you allow Him to do so. Be sure to direct your prayers to Him and show grace and mercy to others.
I love verse 3 where he says, “I will order my prayer to You and eagerly watch.” Many people pray, but are we eagerly awaiting the answer God has for us? Are we truly trusting that God is going to respond to our problems no matter how long it takes? Or do we have an expiration date on our prayers? This concept of God answering prayers is written all over the New Testament as well. Jesus tells us to pray without doubt and you shall receive. Sometimes we need an answered prayer to jumpstart that concept into our being. So I say to you, begin praying with expectation once again, but go beyond just expecting! Eagerly watch for God’s answer and He will not disappoint.
Interesting are verses 4-6 where David runs down a small list of characteristics that God cannot stand, many of which David has been guilty of throughout his life. If David didn’t understand grace and mercy, he would have be condemning himself, but look at verse 7 which I’ve italicized. He acknowledges the abundant lovingkindness, which is available to him, through God’s grace and mercy. He knew himself better than anybody, so he knew, had it not been for grace and mercy, he would have been doomed for eternity.
As he continues, in verses 8-10, he is speaking of those who do not, and ultimately will not, acknowledge God, therefore disrupting innocent people in this life! God’s grace and mercy and abundant lovingkindness are available to all, even the most hated and hateful human being. But while here on earth we must confess this and live in it and show it to all to really enjoy and embrace it in our lives. Those who neglect will have a vice or a sin or sins that will control them and therefore disrupt other people.
Finally verses 11-12, we come to the place where David is encouraging righteous living by praying a prayer of faith for those who live such a life. The final statement is a prayer that confidently speaks of the favor of God being our shield! God’s favor will put you in positions you cannot attain on your own, and in doing so, protects you from the enemy! God will sometimes get you out of a dangerous situation through His divine favor. There are many people that because they choose not to receive the grace and mercy of God will be a tool used by the enemy to brings us down. But thanks be to God, He knows how deliver us from any plan that satans tools can put upon you!
Basically, the psalmist give his reader many reasons to feel blessed and emotionally stable. The issue is which side you choose for yourself. The side of righteousness where God can and will protect you, or the opposite, the side of wickedness! If you are alive today, and you have spent your days being used by the enemy for destructive purposes, you can come to God, through Jesus Christ today! Make your confession today, and repent and be used by God and you will be blessed!!!
Thank you and God bless