May 18 Devotional

Happy Monday everyone! Hope you had a good weekend and are looking forward to another week. We’ll be in Psalm 5 today:
Give ear to my words, O Lord;
    consider my groaning.
Give attention to the sound of my cry,
    my King and my God,
    for to you do I pray.
O Lord, in the morning you hear my voice;
    in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you[a] and watch.
For you are not a God who delights in wickedness;
    evil may not dwell with you.
The boastful shall not stand before your eyes;
    you hate all evildoers.
You destroy those who speak lies;
    the Lord abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful man.
But I, through the abundance of your steadfast love,
    will enter your house.
I will bow down toward your holy temple
    in the fear of you.
Lead me, O Lord, in your righteousness
    because of my enemies;
    make your way straight before me.
For there is no truth in their mouth;
    their inmost self is destruction;
their throat is an open grave;
    they flatter with their tongue.
Make them bear their guilt, O God;
    let them fall by their own counsels;
because of the abundance of their transgressions cast them out,
    for they have rebelled against you.
But let all who take refuge in you rejoice;
    let them ever sing for joy,
and spread your protection over them,
    that those who love your name may exult in you.
For you bless the righteous, O Lord;
    you cover him with favor as with a shield.
Once again, part of the reason the Psalms are so helpful for us today is because they cover so much of human emotion! David begins by begging God to hear him, to pay attention to him, to listen to his groans. I don’t know if you’ve ever seen in movies when people start to pray, but they have a tendency to use overly flowery language and end up sounding nothing like they normally do, which doesn’t do anything to bring us nearer to God! David asks God here to consider his groaning. Groaning isn’t easily interpreted or understood, but it’s enough for God to hear us and respond to us. Romans 8 reminds us that the Spirit helps interpret and translate even our groans to God. So do you groan out to God? 
However, there are things we still need to do! Look how God responds to those who do evil. It says God does not delight in wickedness, and even that he hates all evildoers. Have you ever thought that God hates people? The most commonly known and talked about characteristic of God today is that He is love. The problem is people have a very flawed definition of love! The fact that God is love means God gets to define what love is! And he does all throughout the Bible, in places like John 3:16 and 1 Corinthians 13. Not only does God hate wickedness, but he also destroys those who speak lies. Speaking is important to God. He is a speaking God. He spoke to create us. He continues speaking to His people through His Word and through each other. That’s part of how we take refuge in God! So let’s continue looking to Him!
Today’s song is a fun song by one of my favorite artists, Ben Rector. He’s released a song about the quarantine that’s a fun jam! It’s called ‘It Would Be You’ and you can listen on YOUTUBE or SPOTIFY.
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