Welcome to Grace for a Mom’s Heart, a short devotional created for any mom who wants to grow in her understanding of the Word and it’s application to motherhood!
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Today we are going to dive into Psalm 5, but I love to preface our scripture reading and study by laying a foundation, a perspective, before we read through the passage.
Our culture wants to make everything ok and if you don’t agree, you are called a hater and a bigot.
Yet as we continue to look into God’s Word, we see over and over again that God hates sin and the Bible is full of ongoing warnings against it.
If you have never studied the names of God I would encourage you to do just that. (There is a link to a study at the bottom of this post.) There is something powerful in having a deeper understanding of the many facets of who God is. When we begin to grasp just a little of the fullness of who He is, it makes it easier to understand why He does the things He does.
We know that God is perfect love, but He is also perfectly holy, just and righteous. So all of these qualities(and more) are part of who God is. That means that He cannot be ONLY love and ignore justice, holiness, etc. He is all of those in the most perfect ways and He acts accordingly. That means He cannot tolerate sin and why He hates evil and yet because He is gracious, loving, and patient, He does not destroy mankind. It’s also why He sent Jesus.
Once Adam and Eve sinned in the garden man has had a sinful heart that rebels against God. Because God is a holy God, man could no longer be in His presence, but God in His grace, kindness and amazing love made a way back for us. He did that in the person of Jesus, who took our place, bore the sin, and took the punishment for it so that we could have access to God again.
I realize that probably all of you know this. I have known it my whole life, but when we’ve heard it so much, we can almost become immune to how amazing and life changing this really is.
The Israelites had to offer sacrifices and participate in all kinds of detailed ceremonies just to have a word with God. Now we can simply call out to Him and yet it’s often the last thing we do! I am so guilty of this! Why aren’t we embracing and taking advantage of the fact that we have instant access to the God of the Universe, anytime, anywhere!
We face enemies, inside and out every single day. Are our hearts crying out to God? Are we praying honest prayers? I love how David and the other writers of the Psalms pray with such passion, never ignoring the evil or the reality of their situations, but at the same time, continually acknowledging the greatness of God along with His holiness and justice.
So as we read through Psalm 5, let’s pay attention to how it effectively describes the difference between the righteous and the wicked and how God responds to each.
For the choir director: A psalm of David, to be accompanied by the flute.
1 O Lord, hear me as I pray;
pay attention to my groaning.
2 Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God,
for I pray to no one but you.
3 Listen to my voice in the morning, Lord.
Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly.
4 O God, you take no pleasure in wickedness;
you cannot tolerate the sins of the wicked.
5 Therefore, the proud may not stand in your presence,
for you hate all who do evil.
6 You will destroy those who tell lies.
The Lord detests murderers and deceivers.
7 Because of your unfailing love, I can enter your house;
I will worship at your Temple with deepest awe.
8 Lead me in the right path, O Lord,
or my enemies will conquer me.
Make your way plain for me to follow.
9 My enemies cannot speak a truthful word.
Their deepest desire is to destroy others.
Their talk is foul, like the stench from an open grave.
Their tongues are filled with flattery.
10 O God, declare them guilty.
Let them be caught in their own traps.
Drive them away because of their many sins,
for they have rebelled against you.
11 But let all who take refuge in you rejoice;
let them sing joyful praises forever.
Spread your protection over them,
that all who love your name may be filled with joy.
12 For you bless the godly, O Lord;
you surround them with your shield of love.
Do you notice how David very honestly describes the wicked in detail, but does not get lost in his circumstances? It can be so tempting to only complain in prayer and commiserate with each other as moms, but how is that helpful unless we are moving toward the truth of who God in the midst of our circumstances? We need to be the Body of Christ to each other by not only listening to each other’s hearts in the midst of our struggles and empathizing, but also reminding each other of who God is and His promises to us. The Psalms show us what that looks like and the Holy Spirit can show us how to speak the truth in love to each other.
Moms, we need each other. We need to build strong relationships with one another so that we can stand in a culture that is bound and determined to rebel against God and destroy our faith. God made us for Himself, but He also made us to live in community with one another. The only way that is going to happen is if we humble ourselves, allow ourselves to be vulnerable and stand on the truth of God’s word TOGETHER. We need to practice grace and pray for each other, trusting that God is at work and knowing that it’s only HE who can change hearts and cause growth. But we have the privilege of being part of that as we help each other by pointing back to the truths of God’s Word and encouraging each other to look at our challenges through the lense of scripture.
A perfect example is in verse 11. As moms, we often feel vulnerable. In the last two verses of Psalm 5, David uses word pictures to describe God spreading protection over him. Do you see yourself having protection spread over you? I immediately get a picture of a loving father gently laying a blanket over me that no evil can permeate and the outflow of knowing I have that protection, fills me with joy. (v.11)
Verse 12 goes on to describe how God blesses us and surrounds us with a shield…another vision of protection, but not just a shield, but a “shield of love”. Don’t you just love that? We feel so vulnerable so often and these words bring us back to a place of security. If we run to other things for security we will ultimately be disappointed. HE really, truly is our only true security. This is why when we run to other things, we eventually get discouraged. God created us to find our hope and confidence in Him alone. I will say that He is incredibly patient as He has taught and continues to teach me this.
Never forget that NOTHING touches you that doesn’t pass through His loving hands first. You belong to Him, He loves you deeply, with an everlasting love and will continue to protect you and provide everything you need. That may look different than we might have pictured, but we can be sure that He.is.faithful.
Dig Deeper: As you read Psalm 5, can you see the difference between God’s response to the wicked and the godly? (Doesn’t it make you really thankful that you are counted as righteous?!) Can you see how David did not get caught up in his circumstances? Can you get a vision for what that might look like for you? What specific areas do you feel vulnerable and which verses help you feel less vulnerable and more protected?
Study mentioned in devotional: https://www.reviveourhearts.com/season/wonder-his-name/
(*photo credit: Burst)