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Psalm 5:1-12

I don't know how many times I've asked God to direct my path and lead me in His ways. So David's petition to "Lead me in your righteousness" really resonated with me today. But here's the thing. Asking God to lead us is wonderful, but it requires action on our part, too. You see God speaks (communicates) to us through His Word. So it's when we read our Bible that we hear from God--that's how we learn about Him and His righteousness.

So how did God speak to you from Psalm 5 today? What did you learn about His righteousness? Tami W.

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God leads me in righteousness BECAUSE of my enemies, because of the difficulties I encounter. Through these things I draw closer to Him and see His way more clearly.

David makes God his priority, both in time and in activity. A good devotional passage to begin the day.

Verse seven resonated with me today:

But I, through the abundance of your steadfast love,
will enter your house.

It reminded me of God's grace and love expressed through the sacrifice of his Son. It's only by Christ's death and resurrection that I have eternal fellowship with God. It's too easy for me to fall into the trap of believing in my own merits. I need reminders like this.

In this passage, God spoke to me about coming to Him with all things- 'little and big' and He will respond. Nothing is trivial for Him and I must make my requests (with reverence) known to Him. I also can attest that God does not like a boastful/arrogant heart. I cannot stand before God with my arrogance front and center. I thank God for His loving instruction, for His grace and that He loves me- unconditionally.

As I read the passage for today, and remember the teaching I was listening on the way to work at 5:30 in the morning. I hear the LORD wanting to be my first thought...knowing full well that in times past, He was what I hungered as I opened my eyes. I pray that I get hungry again...He has for a while now been nudging me...whispering that He misses those mornings...I know my day goes so much better, or at least peaceful, when I start with Him and end with Him. I THANK you ABBA, that you are long suffering, that you never leave me or forsake me. I love you...AMEN

I PRAY all of you learn to begin and end your day with Jesus and walk as Enoch did in his every thought, breath and action, Enoch made GOD first.

BLESSINGS to you all...In HIS name...for HIS glory...

The verses that stand out for me are; verses 4 and 11-12 respectively, " For thou art not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness; neither shall evil dwell with thee"; " But let those who put their trust in You rejoice; let them ever shout for joy, because Thou defendest them; let them also that love Thy name be joyful in thee. For Thou, Lord, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt Thou compass him as with a shield".

Our God is not a God that holds us up in His heart when we transgress, He is not happy, but He does not bear a grudge. God knows us inside out. Verses 11-12 re-affirm that when we trust God He will lift us up and joy will be in our hearts and He will always protect us because we walk with Him daily as we read His Word and His Spirit dwells in us. Hallelujah what a Saviour! Amen.

I was touched by verse 8: Lead me, O Lord, in your righteousness
because of my enemies; make your way straight before me. Even when we are in difficulty our prayer should be like David's, never to become like our enemies but to be more like Jesus, and to walk in the "straight way". And so I too am praying as I am beset by evil that my way will be straight and I will not repay evil with evil but evil with good.

O Lord lead me in your righteousness.

I like v. 11 and 12 also.

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 For surely, O LORD, you bless the righteous;
you surround them with your favor as with a shield.

I like the fact that if we take refuge in the Lord we can have joy in the Lord no matter what our circumstances are.

We just need to seek His kingdom and all His righteousness

This is such an awesome devotional. The verse that stood out to me was verse 3 "In the morning,O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation." There are many times I have went to God, but I didn't wait for Him to answer. I acted on my own understanding and knowledge. I pray God help me in that area and he will lead me in His righteousness. Tami thank you for using Power 4. It is a wonderful tool.God bless you!

In verse 3, David says, "in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you and watch". The word "sacrifice" is referenced as meaning a directed prayer. That is so cool that a directed prayer or concern in my life is like a sacrifice that I can give to Him and it becomes a sweet, smelling aroma to Him. And then David "watches" what our mighty God does. I like that.

"In the morning, Lord, You hear my voice"....that struck a cord in my heart....and I've been coming back to it all day. In the morning made me think about the word beginning which led to 'at the start' and 'as soon as'. 'In the morning' am I entering into communion with the Lord...or do I 'hit the floor running' without a second thought. 'At the start' of a difficult I stop and seek help from the One that is ever present or am I like a bull in a china shop?? 'As soon as' disaster strikes, am I quick to turn my thoughts and prayers to Him who is able or do I dwell on the negative? " In the morning, Lord, You hear my voice"....and may my choice of actions then and throughout the day honor You.

I think what stood out to me is how Jesus changed this type of prayer life. He said out of your mouth you form blessings and cursings this should not be so. I enjoyed the parts where he prayed to walk upright before the LORD. Blessings, Jan

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