The title of this Psalm of David is “A prayer for guidance” Also, the commentaries say “It reflects how the righteous man prays for deliverance also from suffering, also to allow himself to serve God without distraction “. With this in mind, it will be so good to look at how David expresses his confidence in his God so that we will be challenged to have the same confidence in our Saviour the Lord Jesus Christ. Verse 1 says: “Give ear to my words O Lord, consider my meditation “. The first request David made was for the Lord to listen to what he was saying. When I thought about this request I realised that I need to control what I am saying because at times I do not express my confidence in my God and because of this it becomes apparent to me that I need to draw more closer to the Lord than I have been. I cannot rely on past experiences for my now experience with the Lord. This is a choice that I need to make daily and David’s declaration encourages me to be more diligent in my association with my Lord. David not only asks the Lord to listen to what he is saying but to what he is thinking about.  Thinking is another name for meditating, The Bible encourages us in Romans 12:2 “to renew our mind “ (What we are thinking about) and Philippians 4:8 gives us a list of things to think (Meditate) on. What we think about regularly determines the direction of our lives. We can have good intentions but never change if we do not change what we are thinking. Verse 2 says: “Give heed to the voice of my cry, my King and my God, for to you will I pray (or talk about my situation) “. In this verse, David is very clear about to whom he is talking. Because he declared that he had a personal relationship with God, this is very clear because he used the word ‘My’. I am challenged by this idea  ‘Is my relationship with the Lord so strong that I can call Him mine? The answer to that question is a resounding yes! This is where I feel so privileged because the last 9 years of living by myself I have been able to concentrate on the Lord in a way I have never experienced before. David was so definite about who he would talk to and that is what praying is. Verse 3 says: “My voice you shall hear in the morning,  O Lord, in the morning I will direct it to you, and I will look up “. Here David explains one of the most important standards to live by, put God first. It is one that takes determination, but when it is achieved it brings such great comfort. I try to finish each day with a word of thanks for the day and commence with the same. When you start the day talking to the Lord you make a strong platform for the day. In this verse David uses a well-known expression of his ‘I Will’ This declaration shows us how serious David was about his relationship with his Lord. This is something that we all can copy to great effect and help us with the way we live with Jesus. David believed that God directed his path for good and was greater than any problem or attack that may come his way. May we have the same confidence in our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

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