A Morning Prayer
Introduction: This Psalm is the first Psalm in the Book of Psalms to contain an imprecatory prayer. (A prayer that asks for evil to befall a person.) King David though he was a King, he knew he was subject to the God in Heaven an Higher Authority. David knew that Authority.
King David knowing God, knew he was a sinner, he also knew God made all things possible.
I. GETTING OFF TO A GOOD START. (vv 1-3)
A. The Plea To Be Heard. (v 1)
“…Give ear to my words... consider my meditation …"
1. In (v 2) King David asks God to
“…Hearken unto the voice of my cry ….”
B. The Person To Whom He Prayed. (v 2)
"…my King, and my God, for unto thee will I pray…"
C. The Priority Of His Prayer. “…in the morning…” (v 3)
II. GODLINESS IN OUR LIVES. (vv 4-6)
A. Pleasure Of Sin Does Not Appeal. (v 4)
B. Presence Of Sin Is Not Endured. (v 5)
B. Punishment Of Sin Is Sure. (v 6)
"Thou shalt destroy them that speak leasing:"
1. Leasing = Deceitful, falsehood; lies
III. GRACE AT THE HOUSE OF GOD. (v 7)
A. Coming To The House Of God.
"I will come into thy house" (v 7)
B. Claiming God's Mercy.
"…in the multitude of thy mercy…" (v 7)
C. Communing With God. "in thy fear will I worship" (v 7)
1. We are to:
a. Fear the Lord / Reverence Him
b. Walk in ALL His ways
c. To love Him
d. To serve Him
a. With ALL you heart and soul.
IV. GUIDANCE AVAILABLE TO BELIEVERS. (v 8)
A. Appeal For Guidance.
“Lead me, O Lord in thy righteousness” (v 8)
Isaiah 1:16-18 Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil; 17Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow. 18Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
1. In order to obtain our righteousness, Isaiah says first we must:
a. Cleanse ourselves
b. Put away evil from His eyes
1.) Remove idols
c. Cease to do evil
d. Learn to do well
2. Seek judgment
a. He is asking
to get it over with, come on I will judge you now. Israel
3. But in (v 8) He makes one last attempt at salvation.
V. GODLESSNESS OF THE LORD'S ENEMIES. (v 9)
A. The Uncertainty Of Their Actions.
"…no faithfulness" (v 9)
Psalm 37:12-15 The wicked plotteth against the just, and gnasheth upon him with his teeth. 13 The Lord shall laugh at him: for he seeth that his day is coming. 14 The wicked have drawn out the sword, and have bent their bow, to cast down the poor and needy, and to slay such as be of upright conversation. 15 Their sword shall enter into their own heart, and their bows shall be broken.
B. The Source Of Their Wickedness is their "inward part" and "…their throat is an open sepulchre; they flatter with their tongue."
4. Extortion and Excess
5. All evil
6. Unbelief and covetousness
VI. GOD'S JUDGEMENT ON HIS ENEMIES. (v 10)
A. The Result Of Their Wickedness.
"…destroy thou them" (v 10)
B. The Reason For Their Judgment. "by their own counsel"
C. The Reaction Of The Sinful. “they have rebelled”
VII. GLADNESS BECAUSE OF HIS PROTECTION. (vv 11-12)
A. Because Of The Believer's Faith. (v 11)
"trust in thee rejoice:"
Psalm 118:8 It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.
B. Because Of The Lord's Faithfulness.
"…thou defendeth them…" (v 11)
C. Because Of The Lord's Favor (v 12)
"… wilt thou compass him as with a shield…"
Psalm 33:20 Our soul waiteth for the LORD: he is our help and our shield.
CLOSE: We see in this last set of verses, God is watching us, not to catch us in sin, but to direct our paths, to help us to continue looking for His Mercy. He wants us and all sinners delivered from death and damnation.
He wants us to rejoice in our salvation / He wants to feed us, protect us.
We cannot do it ourselves. It is not possible.