When I was in elementary school there was a kid much older than I was, who would bully me often. Sometimes he would verbally abuse me, he made fun of how I spoke (I had a speech impediment where I could not pronounce my “r’s”). But other times he would physical assault me. Since I was much younger and smaller, he was the boogeyman to me. He scared me. One day he came up and just punched me in the stomach for no reason, in which I doubled over in pain and cried. I did not know God at the time, I did not have the avenue of prayer and comfort. My “prayer” every morning was I would be able to avoid him.
King David had many enemies who wanted to physically assault him, and to kill him. They sought after him to do their evil deeds. David often went to the Lord in prayer for help, peace, comfort and guidance. In Psalm 5, we see David going to God to protect Him from His wicked enemies and for them to be punished, “Give ear to my words, O Lord, consider my groaning. Heed the sound of my cry for help, my King and my God, for to You I pray. In the morning, O Lord, You will hear my voice; In the morning I will order my prayer to You and eagerly watch. For You are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness. No evil dwells with You. The boastful shall not stand before Your eyes; You hate all who do iniquity. You destroy those who speak falsehood, the Lord abhors the man of bloodshed and deceit. But as for me, by Your abundant lovingkindness I will enter Your house. At Your holy temple I will bow in reverence for You. O Lord, lead me in Your righteousness because of my foes; Make Your way straight before me. 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. 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. 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. For it is You who blesses the righteous man, O Lord, you surround him with favor as with a shield.”
Notice how David Prayed:
1. For God’s Help (Vv. 1-2)
2. To God in the morning and eagerly waits on the Lord (Vs. 3)
3. To Acknowledge God as Holy (Vs. 4)
4. That God takes no pleasure in sin and will deal with sinners (Vv. 4-6)
5. To worship God in reverence and For Him to lead him in his life (Vv. 7-8)
6. To God to Punish His adversaries and those who do God wrong (Vv. 9-10)
7. For others to take refuge in God – which causes gladness, joyful singing, being
sheltered and protected in Him (Vv.11-12)
I pray David’s prayer for this country and the world. I pray for our President, Military, and Law Enforcement Officers every day. They are under attack by wicked men. I pray for our congregation, especially our youth, who are under attack by Satan every day. I pray to the Lord to protect those who strive to serve and do good and punish those who are doing wicked.