Worship & Prayer in the Battle With PP

As I mentioned on Monday my sermon this past Lord’s Day focused on worship and prayer as Jacob made his vows at Bethel.  I gave a suggested prayer using Psalm 3 and would like to do the same today with Psalm 5.

Psalm 5 is one that King David directs to his chief musician and even suggests the use of flutes so it reminds us of  the importance of singing the Psalms, which we see far too little of in much of today’s worship.  The challenge given here is twofold:  Prayer that we might lift up right prayer & worship remembering that our worship not only glorifies our Great God, but is also our proper warfare against the enemies of God.   This is the second thing that this Psalm makes clear as it calls down God’s judgment on His enemies as we should be doing in our prayers today.  So again, here is how we could, and can pray through this and other Psalms as the battle against Planned Parenthood rages across our nation:

First we ask God to simply hear our prayers remembering that because of the completed work of Jesus, the writer of Hebrews tells us to come BOLDLY before the Throne:

Give ear to my words, O LORD, Consider my meditation.
2 Give heed to the voice of my cry, My King and my God, For to You I will pray.
3 My voice You shall hear in the morning, O LORD; In the morning I will direct it to You, And I will look up.
Having watched any of those videos about Planned Parenthood, our hearts would be aching over what we see, and thus we cry out to the Lord Who made those little ones in His image and ask Him to judge those who destroy them and callously sort through the body parts.
4 For You are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness, Nor shall evil dwell with You.
5 The boastful shall not stand in Your sight; You hate all workers of iniquity.
6 You shall destroy those who speak falsehood; The LORD abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful man.
The King then quickly reminds us that our primary job is to stay focused on the One Who can deal with this problem and that is why it must be the Church’s voice that is lifted up in this battle.  Until it is, I am reminded of the statement by the late Francis Schaeffer that in reality “every abortion clinic should have a sign in front that says, ‘open with permission of the Church.’
7 But as for me, I will come into Your house in the multitude of Your mercy; In fear of You I will worship toward Your holy temple.
8 Lead me, O LORD, in Your righteousness because of my enemies; Make Your way straight before my face.
Coming before God as we should convicts us about the evil in our land and thus King David cries out against God’s enemies again:
9 For there is no faithfulness in their mouth; Their inward part is destruction; Their throat is an open tomb; They flatter with their tongue.
10 Pronounce them guilty, O God! Let them fall by their own counsels; Cast them out in the multitude of their transgressions, For they have rebelled against You.
And finally, King David remembers who is in control which is SO important if we are not going to grow weary or frustrated in such long term battles.
11 But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You; Let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them; Let those also who love Your name Be joyful in You.
12 For You, O LORD, will bless the righteous; With favor You will surround him as with a shield.

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