Summary: Expecting God’s answers to prayer
We are to be in a continual spirit of prayer. Time of prayer does not make a prayer more apt to be heard. Ps. 4 was a prayer in the evening. Notice the spirit of the Psalmist as he prepared for sleep. V 4,7,8 Psalms 5 was a morning prayer. Notice the purpose of his mind in preparing for the day.
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I. David prescription for prayer. V 1,2
A. Requests Jehovah to listen to words of his mouth.
Give ear to my words, O LORD, cp. Ps 54:2 Hear my prayer, O God; give ear to the words of my mouth.
Demonstrates a desire for attention.
Ecclesiastes 5:2 Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few.
Matthew 6:7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
B. Requests Jehovah’s consideration.
consider my meditation.
Consider- idea of concentration, understanding, give attention to
Meditation- whisper, murmur
C. Requests Jehovah’s reply.
2 Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for unto thee will I pray. David reveals God knows him personally. (my)
As king- God governs, directs, and rules us. As God he saves, defends, and provides for us. A king looks out for his own people. We are the people of his pasture. He cares for us.
David also reveals the object of his prayer. ( unto thee)
Ps 65:2 O thou that hearest prayer, unto thee shall all flesh come.
II. David prepared for prayer. V 3
A. Approaches in Morning.
3 My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; shows a confidence that God will hear what he says. ( shalt) Ps 55:17 Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice.
1Jo 5:14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:
1Jo 5:15 And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.
B. Arranges his prayer.
in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee the priests in morning would set everything in order to prepare for the day at the altar.
Direct- set or put or lay in order has the idea of preparing the altar for the sacrifices. Wood, animal, fire.
Also idea of taking arrow in bow and shoot at an object.
C. Anticipates something to happen. , and will look up.
Look up- to lean forward , to peer into the distance;
Mic 7:7 Therefore I will look unto the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me.
This is the part of prayer which practices our faith. The Anticipation of God’s intervention. How often do we anticipate God’s activity in our lives.
Ps 130:6 My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning: I say, more than they that watch for the morning.