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May 23 - Evening

"Listen to my words, Lord,
consider my lament.
Hear my cry for help,
my King and my God,
for to you I pray.
In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice;
in the morning I lay my requests before you
and wait expectantly."

- Psalms 5:1-3

Sunset on the Sea of Galilee; Click to go to next devotion  
A Psalm Requesting Healing    

Five parts can be recognized in Psalm 5:

  1. A prayer requesting God to listen (5:1-3)
  2. A declaration that evil and arrogance cannot stand before the Lord (5:4-6)
  3. A desire to worship and the confidence of the righteous man (5:7-8)
  4. A rejection of the wicked and an identification of their sin (5:9-10)
  5. A request for protection of the righteous who enter into worship (5:11-12)

The psalmist alternates between seeking God and considering the wickedness that surrounds him through out Psalm 5.  But, in the first two verses this Psalm begins with three imperatives requesting, even commanding, the Lord to “listen,” “consider,” and “hear.” The plea is for the Lord to hear not only the well-prepared thoughts that are expressed in “words,” but also the inexpressible, inarticulate emotions that fail to be vocalized. These inexpressible thoughts expressed in prayer are found in the Hebrew word translated “lament.” It is a word formed from a sound like our English words “bang,” “buzz,” “boom,” etc. called an onomatopoeic word. This word in Hebrew captures the sound of a person moaning, groaning, muttering, etc. Thus, the Psalmist is asking the Lord to “consider my groans” or “consider my moaning.” The Lord hears the desires, fears, concerns, needs and the thoughts of our heart that we, in our human nature, cannot express in language.

In contrast to the inexpressible thoughts is this statement in 5:4:

            “in the morning I lay my requests before you.” (NIV)

Or, in the ESV:

            “in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you.” (ESV)

The Hebrew verb translated “I prepare” or “I make preparations” can refer to the preparation of a sacrifice or, in contrast to the inarticulate groanings, “I prepare” can also refer to the preparation of words for a legal case or for a debate.  The NIV translate this Hebrew verb “I lay my requests” and the ESV translated it “I prepare a sacrifice.” It could also be translated, “I prepare my requests” or “I prepare my words” which would mean not only is the Psalmist asking God to hear his inexpressible thoughts, but to also “Listen to my well prepared, articulate expression of my case as I make a formal presentation to you.”

After having asked the Lord to hear his words and his thoughts the Lord is told by the writer that he will “wait expectantly.” The prayers have been presented and now we “watch” confidently for the Lord’s response.

  Christian Quote from Church History
“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it
I see everything else.”
- C. S. Lewis
Something to Ponder??
Reasons God Worked Salvation For Us
1. Demonstration of his Character of Love
Jn.3:16; Rm.5:8
2. Eternal display of his grace
3. Create people able to do acceptable good works
Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

Makrothumia (Gr) – Longsuffering (Eng) – a Greek word which refers to controlling your mind for a long period of time before it leaves room for action. This is the patient enduring of unfair and difficult circumstances without striking in revenge. The result is patiently waiting for a better situation to develop. (Col. 3:12)


It was not until 180 AD that local churches began to access and use collections of papyrus bound together in the form of a codex. Before this time the Gospels and the apostolic letters existed as individual copies in scrolls. Irenaeus begins mentioning the accepted collection of New Testament letters about the same time as the 170-190 AD Muratorian Canon records the accepted New Testament books. A manuscript from around 200 AD called P45 (here and here) preserves the text of all four Gospels (and, Acts) in a single 220 page codex.

Confession to Action   Facts and Information

Do I diligently and consistently seek God by requesting his guidance, presence, and strength in my life? I will continue to seek the Lord’s intervention concerning the things and the people I am concerned about.

"My son, if your heart is wise,
    then my heart will be
glad indeed;
my inmost being will rejoice
    when your lips speak
what is right."

- Proverbs 23:15-16
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(morning only) Amos 6 1 Chronicles 21-22
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Mikvah, Jerusalem, The Burnt Room, The House of the Bullae

A mikvah, or ceremonial bath, on the south side of the Temple Mount. This mikvah was used by Jews for ceremonial washing as they approached the temple. This mikvah and others like it where likely used by the disciples to baptize the believers on the Day of Pentecost in the book of Acts chapter 2.

(Read about mikvah here.)

The Burnt Room and the House of Bullae that
show the damage of the Babylonian fires of 586 BC
and the remains of the Jewish culture of that time.
(More here, here, here and here)
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