Friday, May 22, 2015

Friends, Christians …Lend Me An Ear: Psalm 5

Rising in the morning after sleep I am left with chips of raw dream fragments from my slumber. The may be nonsensical or maybe have a hidden treasure within them. I then take the dream fragments and cut and polish them to see if they reveal any brilliance in the light of the morning. I take them into prayer with me to see what God will make of them. To cut facets to the dreams takes effort. Looking through the eyepiece of faith reveals the glory of God even if the dream proves only to arise from the greasy pizza the night before. For the true Glory comes form God lending an eye to me in the morning light.

Dreams have always fascinated us, from the Egyptian Pharaoh’s cows to the dreams of Joseph calling him to be the father of Jesus, the morning light shown on dreams have given humanity hope and the presence of God. Psalm 4 was about God being with us in our sleep and God safe guarding our sleep within his presence. Psalm 5 is about the morning after the dreams have visited and we are left with the stillness of the morning. Sunrises on our fresh mind.

Mornings have been the traditional time of prayers, when we can spend time with God and God lends us an ear. There is a theory that dreams and sleep are bodies way of clearing out the brain and mind. This clearing opens out into a morning and then we can be with God afresh like a first date with your true love. Psalm 5’s poetry has an awareness of the realities of life, from the wickedness of our world and its oppression of the poor. It acknowledges this in the light of the morning, and it continues to shine a light on the hope of humanity, God is still with us. No matter the events that will come, the wars, the violence of man, the lies of money lovers and the news of our sins which fills the morning if we let it. God will lend us an ear to our concerns.

God, who pays attention to a man of little worth in the eyes of the world, who lives in a small place like Spokane Valley, with a family like billions of others, differs than the world in that God loves what we fail to notice. God is with me in my morning prayers and listens to me and pays attention to me and to all the little ones who history will forget. His Book of Life means those who have spoken and listen to God in their sleep and in their morning. For to have the ear of the Master of the Universe every morning is a bless as wide as any Galaxy. I am so very grateful, even in a world were we mess up and by killing and oppressing each other. The sun also rise on us and God will lend an ear and hear our pleas like mine for the welfare and joy of my son, for y gratitude for the presence of Lace my wife and for all the small gifts of my life.

Psalm 5

Listen to my words, Lord,
    consider my lament.
Hear my cry for help,
    my King and my God,
    for to you I pray.
In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice;
    in the morning I lay my requests before you
    and wait expectantly.
For you are not a God who is pleased with wickedness;
    with you, evil people are not welcome.
The arrogant cannot stand
    in your presence.
You hate all who do wrong;
    you destroy those who tell lies.
The bloodthirsty and deceitful
    you, Lord, detest.
But I, by your great love,
    can come into your house;
in reverence I bow down
    toward your holy temple.
Lead me, Lord, in your righteousness
    because of my enemies—
    make your way straight before me.
Not a word from their mouth can be trusted;
    their heart is filled with malice.
Their throat is an open grave;
    with their tongues they tell lies.
10 Declare them guilty, O God!
    Let their intrigues be their downfall.
Banish them for their many sins,
    for they have rebelled against you.
11 But let all who take refuge in you be glad;
    let them ever sing for joy.
Spread your protection over them,
    that those who love your name may rejoice in you.
12 Surely, Lord, you bless the righteous;
    you surround them with your favor as with a shield.

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