Psalms 5:11 – January 4, 2019

But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, so that those who love your name may exult in you. Psalms 5:11 NRSV     

Psalm 5 is a prayer said by the psalmist when he wakes and later in the day, in the temple. It begins with prayers which proclaim how righteously God acts. The psalmist wants to go to the temple where God dwells, while asking for divine protections from treacherous enemies and a blessing for the righteous. We can convert this to a prayer centered on Jesus, going to Him when we desire to be close, asking for His help with our enemies and asking for His protection over all the righteous. This could be a good practice, using psalms as prayers actively invoking Jesus as the psalms main character. Thus if we pray the quoted verse we would ask Jesus to let all who take refuge in Him rejoice, let them sing for joy. Jesus spread your protection so that those who love your name may exult you. It is a prayer that any disciple might speak each day. In this verse we rejoice in knowing Jesus, request His protection so we can express our love and exultation.

Many of the psalms have specific context and meaning that their authors spoke to God for protection or rejoicing or some other reason. Although the words can be a bit strange, we could use them to pray and to teach others to pray. Sometimes we want to ask for something of Jesus or express thanksgiving for something we have received but feel our words are inadequate (they are probably not.) Using a psalm with a change of focus could be a respectful way to speak to God today. Most representations of the Psalms provide a subject at the beginning. Search out a subject, pick an appropriate psalm and pray it to Jesus.

How do you pray? Is there some way I can help you pray or pray for you?

Pray, Jesus let all who take refuge in you rejoice, let us sing for joy. Jesus spread your protection so that we who love your name may exult you. Click To Tweet

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