Listen and Lead

Harry Buis

READ : Psalm 5:1-12

The Psalmist pleads with God to listen to his prayer (vv. 1-2). The good news is that we need not plead that God will listen. Trust ing in Christ, we can come boldly to God with the assurance that He will listen to our prayers and answer them. That doesn’t mean that He always says yes. He will answer, if not with yes, then with “No, I have something better in store for you.” Since God loves us more wisely than we love ourselves, that is a better answer than yes.

The Psalmist prays in the morning. Yesterday we noted that it is good to have the habit of praying before we go to bed. Here we see it is also good to have the habit of praying soon after we arise. We face a day full of events unknown to us, but known to God. We need to prepare ourselves by spending time with Him. The day will go much better if we do so.

David not only asks that God will hear his prayer. He also prays for guidance, that God will lead him. “Guide us, O Thou great Jehovah, much we need Thy tender care.” Each morning we need to ask for God’s leading for that day. We must share our plans for the day with Him, and ask that He will direct us according to His will. Always remember that His plan for you is much better than your own plan. The prayer of submission, “Thy will be done,” is appropriate for those who come to a loving, wise heavenly Father.


Father, we rejoice in the assurance that You listen to us when we pray, because Your Son is asking You to do so. Amen.