Psalms 5 & 6
Psalm 5: Prayer for Divine Help
1 For the leader; with wind instruments. A psalm of David.
2 Give ear to my words, O LORD; understand my sighing.
3 Hear my cry for help, my king and my God! To you I pray, O LORD;
4 at dawn you will hear my voice; at dawn I will plead before you and wait.
5 You are not a god who delights in evil; no wicked person finds refuge with you;
6 the arrogant cannot stand before your eyes. You hate all who do evil;
7 you destroy those who speak falsely. A bloody and fraudulent man
the LORD abhors.
8 But I, through the abundance of your mercy, will enter into your house.
I will bow down toward your holy sanctuary out of fear of you.
9 LORD, guide me in your justice because of my foes;
make straight your way before me.
10 For there is no sincerity in their mouth; their heart is corrupt. Their throat is an open grave; on their tongue are subtle lies.
11 Declare them guilty, God; make them fall by their own devices. Drive them out for their many sins; for they have rebelled against you.
12 Then all who trust in you will be glad and forever shout for joy. You will protect them and those will rejoice in you who love your name.
13 For you, LORD, bless the just one; you surround him with favor like a shield.
Psalm 6: Prayer in Distress
For the leader; with stringed instruments, “upon the eighth.” A psalm of David.
2 Do not reprove me in your anger, LORD, nor punish me in your wrath.
3 Have pity on me, LORD, for I am weak; heal me, LORD, for my bones are shuddering.
4 My soul too is shuddering greatly— and you, LORD, how long…?
5 Turn back, LORD, rescue my soul; save me because of your mercy.
6 For in death there is no remembrance of you. Who praises you in Sheol?
7 I am wearied with sighing; all night long I drench my bed with tears; I soak my couch with weeping.
8 My eyes are dimmed with sorrow, worn out because of all my foes.
9 Away from me, all who do evil! The LORD has heard the sound of my weeping.
10 The LORD has heard my plea; the LORD will receive my prayer.
11 My foes will all be disgraced and will shudder greatly; they will turn back in sudden disgrace.
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Oh creator of the universe, who has set the stars in the heavens and causes the sun to rise and set, shed the light of your wisdom into the darkness of my mind. Fill my thoughts with a loving knowledge of you, that I may bring you like to others. Just as you can make even babies speak your truth, instruct my tongue and guide my pen to convey the wonderful glory of the Gospel. Make my intellect sharp, my memory clear, and my words eloquent, so that I may faithfully interpret the mysteries what you have revealed.
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1. I will pray that God's grace helps illuminate all of our interactions- both those of simple reading and more active conversations.
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4. I will pray we will all find the truth and strive to fulfill the two greatest commandments: "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these." (Mark 12:30-31)
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