Give ear to my words, O Lord, consider my meditation.
2 Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for unto thee will I pray.
3 My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.
4 For thou art not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness: neither shall evil dwell with thee.
5 The foolish shall not stand in thy sight: thou hatest all workers of iniquity.
6 Thou shalt destroy them that speak leasing: the Lord will abhor the bloody and deceitful man.
7 But as for me, I will come into thy house in the multitude of thy mercy: and in thy fear will I worship toward thy holy temple.
8 Lead me, O Lord, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies; make thy way straight before my face.
9 For there is no faithfulness in their mouth; their inward part is very wickedness; their throat is an open sepulchre; they flatter with their tongue.
10 Destroy thou them, O God; let them fall by their own counsels; cast them out in the multitude of their transgressions; for they have rebelled against thee.
11 But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee.
12 For thou, Lord, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield.
This psalm is a lament to the Lord, that He will hear and answer David’s prayer. David is certain that he is among the righteous, and his enemies (whom he refers to as the wicked) are among those who are hated by God. No doubt David has forgotten all the times that he sinned and displeased God.
This psalm appears to be a prayer for David’s enemies, but instead it’s as if David is admonishing his enemies in his prayer, so they will know how detestable they are to God (and indirectly to him).
How often in our prayers do we pray to God about the behaviors we want changed in others who are hopefully listening? Or, do we ever give God suggestions on ways He could answer our prayers?
Today, let us come before God with our own shortcomings, and see ourselves as God see us—sinners in need of a Savior.
Jackie O. Smith
General Conference Sabbath School and Personal Ministries Dpt.