Psalm 5 A psalm of David.
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.
7 But I, by your great love, can come into your house; in reverence I bow down toward your holy temple.
8 Lead me, Lord, in your righteousness because of my enemies—
make your way straight before me.
9 Not a word from their mouth can be trusted; their heart is filled with malice. Their throat is an open grave; with their tongues they tell lies.
10 Declare them guilty, O God! Let their intrigues be their downfall.
Banish them for their many sins, for they have rebelled against you.
11 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.
12 Surely, Lord, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield.
Last Thursday was Ascension Day when Jesus was taken up towards heaven, out of sight of the followers, perhaps in front of 500 people according to 1 Cor 15:6. The people “returned to Jerusalem” and waited. Next Sunday we switch to the Pentecost season, the appearance of the Holy Spirit in Acts 1. It feels like waiting is a theme these days, waiting for Ukraine war to end, waiting for the Jan 6 hearing, waiting for inflation to decrease, waiting for justice, and waiting by the graveside of those lost to violence. Wow, heavy times.
So I decided to immerse our hearts in passages this week that deal with waiting. Psalms includes many “laments”, people crying out to God because of the wrongs of life. Let us join our hearts with theirs as they put words to some of the grief swirling around in our hearts. They remind us that as people made in the image of God that God laments with us over evil and is working for a better world. Read this Psalm and soak in its truth. Blessings.