Thursday, January 6, 2011

Psalm 54

1 Save me, O God, by your name;
vindicate me by your might.
2 Hear my prayer, O God;
listen to the words of my mouth.

3 Arrogant foes are attacking me;
ruthless people are trying to kill me—
people without regard for God.

4 Surely God is my help;
the Lord is the one who sustains me.

5 Let evil recoil on those who slander me;
in your faithfulness destroy them.

6 I will sacrifice a freewill offering to you;
I will praise your name, LORD, for it is good.
7 You have delivered me from all my troubles,
and my eyes have looked in triumph on my foes.

Questions to consider:

  • What situation does God face here?
  • What emotions does he express in this situation? Toward whom? against whom? Why?
  • What is the basis for his plea for safety?
  • What descriptive names of God does he use?
  • What does David anticipate? What will he do in response?
  • What is your feeling about God's name?
Possibilities for prayer:

For today's prayer time, take some time to write out a psalm of thanksgiving to God. It doesn't have to have flawless structure or the perfect metaphors or images, but it should come from your heart. Once you've written it, read it aloud to God and make it your prayer to Him for the day.