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Well this morning we're gonna be looking at Psalm chapter five and the main theme of Psalm five is prayer and for the past thirty five hundred years the Psalms have been teaching believers all around the world how to pray how to cry out to God and what the Psalms do is that they give us the language and culture of Prayer when we read the Psalms we see how the people of God have historically cried out to God we learn about how to pray we learn what to pray we learn what we can say we learned what we shouldn't say we see an example of when to seek God and how to seek God it's an incredible example it's an incredible model that we have in the Book of Psalms learning the language in the culture of Prayer and my goal for this morning is this it is to convince you that prayer is so essential to your life that you would be willing to change your schedules to develop a healthy prayer life that's my hope that's what I'm hoping to accomplish here this morning is that you would see prayer as so important to your life that you would be willing if necessary to alter your schedule that you might develop a healthy prayer life because that's probably what it's going to take for most of us if we're really going to get serious about prayer it will require us to change our schedules it will require us to plan to put prayer into our lives and my hope is that as we see how david prayed and how the lord jesus prayed that we will step into that example we will follow the example that is laid out for us here in the psalms and so this morning we're gonna be looking at prayer and the main question i want to look at is this is how did david pray what was his pattern you know his pattern was so good that when the lord jesus came onto the scene he picks up david's pattern of prayer here in psalm five and he takes it to the next level so this really is the example of prayer that we get now this is just a sliver of it it's not this is what we're gonna be looking at it's not the whole picture of prayer all the different ways you can pray and all the different things you can pray about but we will see a pattern for prayer and and we see this pattern here in David's life and so again the question is how did David pray there are four things we're gonna look at they start with the first one which is this is that David prayed honestly David prayed honestly verse 1 says this listen to my words Lord consider my sighing pay attention to the sound of my cry my king and my god for I pray to you in the morning Lord you hear my voice in the morning I plead my case to you and watch expectantly now when you dive into the Psalms one thing that is initially shocking is the brutal honesty of the psalmist when you get into it it's almost like you're reading it and you're thinking can you actually say this to God and in these first three verses we get a glimpse of how honest David is in his relationship with God now oftentimes what I found is that many of us are unsure of what we can actually say to God what is the proper way to approach God I often times come across people who either don't know God or they're very young in their relationship with God and when it comes to praying out loud they there's a lot of confusion about what you can actually say I love praying with people and listening to people pray when they're not believers recently I was with someone and this guy was not a Christian but he was in a position I won't get into this situation but he's not a believer but he's familiar with the Bible and he was in a position where he was going to pray and so he started to pray and he switched into ultra formal mode and he said something like this he said to God you provide a--the then manna and quail that we might live if that's what he said and I thought why are you praying in King James like why is this happening you know God speaks English and you don't have to approach him this way and if you listen to people's prayers a lot of times what comes out is there's confusion what what are we allowed to say well this look at how David approached God this is what it says in verse 1 it says listen to my words Lord consider my sighing pay attention to the sound of my cry so in the first two verses two things are happening first David is crying in second or David is sighing and second David is crying now this term sighing we don't use this all that often but what it means is this sighing is your natural reaction when you get bad news that's your response to sigh at least this word that's used what it's describing is your natural reaction when you get bad news you go that's what it is it's this this sense of oh there's a groaning even if the news is really bad you know sighing is the noise Packer fans made when they heard Aaron Rodgers broke his collarbone isn't that right there's a collective sigh oh we're not gonna win another game more than likely this year it's gonna be a rough year he was our hope and he's gone for the season and David was at this time he was living in a state of perpetual sighing every day the news got a little bit worse he was watching his life crumble before his very eyes this prayer was written at the same time as Psalm 3 which Luke spent the past two weeks talking about absalom's rebellion and how David is handling the fact that his son that David's own son is leading a coup a rebellion against him and every day the news was getting worse and worse and worse and worse everything was crumbling before his eyes and he was in a perpetual state of sighing and crying but notice what David does with his sadness what do you do with your sadness when you get really bad news when you feel so disappointed in something what do you do with your sadness well look at what he does look at verse 1 he says listen to my words Lord consider my sighing pay attention to the sound of my voice or to the sound of my cry my king and my god for I pray to you what he does with his sadness is it he brings it right to God he's not ashamed of it he's not thinking to himself I can't I can't be open and honest before God I can't bring my sadness to God I better I better be really happy every time I come in the presence of God that's not the way he thought he thought I'm gonna I'm gonna bring all of my sorrow to the Lord and then in his sadness he moves to plead his case before God that he sees God as the one who make who can make a difference and he begins to plead his case this is what he says he says in the morning Lord you hear my voice in the morning I plead my case to you and watch expectantly so in his sadness as he's brokenhearted I can just see tears running down his face I can see his groaning because of what's happening and so that moves him to go to the Lord and say here's my case God will you do something about it and really this case is a complaint it is a he is bringing a complaint to the Lord he says all the stuff is breaking my heart all the stuff is ruining my life my whole world is crashing down before me and he's bringing his complaint to God so in his sadness he's bringing his complaint to God he saw God as the one who can make a difference in his life and we do this type of thing all the time you know have you ever had a bad experience like a really bad experience with a company and you sit down and you write a review or you write a complaint you write something out to say this was really bad I want my money back something needs to change people do this type of thing all the time this week I came across a complaint that was written a number of years ago it's kind of long but it actually it actually follows the model of Psalm 5 and so I'm gonna read this complaint to you it is the story of seat 29 II have any of you heard this before it was popular a number of years ago but I think it's it's unbelievable I think we'll all be better people after we're done listening to this so this is this is what it says it says it's a handwritten letter it says dear Continental Airlines I'm disgusted as I write this note to you about the miserable experience I'm having sitting in seat 29 on one of your aircrafts as you may know the seat is situated directly across from the lavatory so close that I can reach out my left arm and touch the door he goes on to say all my senses are being tortured simultaneously it's difficult to say what the worst part about sitting in 29 II really is is it the stench of the Sanitation fluid that's blown all over my body every 60 seconds when the door opens is it the whoosh of the constant flushing and then he goes on to say this he says I'm picturing a board room full of executives gave props to the young promising engineer that figured out how to squeeze an additional row of seats into this plane by putting it next to the lab I would like to flush his head in the toilet that I'm so close or that I'm close enough to touch and taste from my seat putting a seat here was a very bad idea it was a very bad idea he says I just heard a man grown in there the sex worse yet I've paid over $400 for the honor of sitting in the seat does your company give refunds I'd like to go back where I came from and start over seat 29 he could only be worse if it was located inside the bathroom I wonder if my clothing will retain the sanitizing odor what about my hair I feel like I'm bathing in a toilet bowl of blue liquid and there's no little man and a little boat to save me I'm filled with deep hatred for your plane designer and a general disease that may last for hours it's almost done we're finally descending and soon I'll be able to tear down the stink shield but the scars will remain what's his request here it is I suggest that you initiate immediate removal of this seat from all your aircrafts just remove it and I read this and I thought it's crazy how similar this actually is as we get into Psalm 5 what he's doing is he's saying I'm having it this is terrible what's going on here is terrible and it's really not right and there's one request here's the request get rid of the seat get rid of the seat and I love I love that what David is doing is this is that he's presenting his case before the Lord and he knows he can come before the Lord with his broken heart that says in Psalm 142 it says I cry out to the Lord I plead for the Lord's mercy I pour out my complaints before him and tell him all my troubles when I'm overwhelmed you alone know the way I should turn wherever I go my enemies have set traps for me I look for someone to come and help me but no one gives me a passing thought no one will help me no one cares a bit about what happens me psalm 130 psalm 31 says be gracious to me Lord because I'm in distress my eyes are worn out from frustration my whole being as well indeed my life is consumed with grief and my years with groaning my strength has failed because of my iniquity and my bones waste away I mean this is brutal honesty he is going before the Lord he's presenting his case to the Lord and he sees the Lord as the one who can make a difference and isn't it right that when you feel sad or when you experience injustice don't you want to plead your case don't you want to go to someone your spouse your friend your the company that wronged you or whatever the situation is and don't you just want to plead your case there's something inside of us that says I want I need to make this right but what so many of us do including myself is that we will go to our spouse we'll go to our friend we'll go to our boss we'll go to a company but we won't go to the Lord we won't plead our case to the Lord David saw the Lord as the one who can make a difference and so in Psalm 5 we see he's pleading his case that his case begins with sadness sighing and crying and then he moves on and we see what his case is it says for you are not a God who delights in wickedness evil cannot dwell with you the boastful cannot stand in your sight you hate all evildoers now this phrase you hate all evildoers should make your ears perk up a little bit God hates all evildoers we will address this in Psalm 10 when we get to the judgment of God but you just need to know David knows God is not happy about evil you destroy those who tell lies the Lord up whores violent and treacherous people for there's nothing reliable in what they say destruction is within them their throat is an open grave they flatter with their tongues and so he's pleading his case he says this is what's going on Lord this is what's happening in my life but what is the request remember with seat 29 all this is leading up to a request get rid of the seat but what's the request here well we see in verses 9 and 10 punish them God lets his requests punish them let them fall by their own schemes drive out drive them out because of their many crimes for they rebelled against you and David has a similar request in Psalm 3 verse 7 arise Lord deliver me my god strike all my enemies on the job break the teeth of the wicked now some of us look at this and we say David how dare you talk to God that way I mean do you kiss your mother with that mouth how dare you talk to God that way that's unacceptable but see David knew something about God this is what he knew he knew that God wants you to bring your emotions to him he knew that about God and he knew that God wants you to work through your emotions with him he wants you to bring him - he wants you to bring your emotions to him and he wants you to work through your emotions with him see David saw God as the one who hears him and the God who helps him he is the God who hears my prayer and he is the God who can help me you know there are two very common mistakes that we make with our emotions the first mistake is that we hold them all in we just try to stuff them way down deep in our soul we want to have a stiff upper lip we bury them into the abyss of our soul and we think okay if we just push them down we push all of our anger and sadness disappointment down deep into our souls then it will all disappear and it will never affect us again that's one option one mistake but then the other mistake is this is that we let them all out we just let out our emotions there's just no filter we're wild we're emotional we cry we yell we say all kinds of crazy things that we're gonna need to apologize for at some point in our life we don't control them we just say it's you know there it's better that they just get out there and if you live this way you either stuff them down deep in your soul or you let them all out you're gonna experience major trouble over time you'll experience all kinds of relational spiritual emotional trouble and the idea is this is that if you want if you're going to be spiritually healthy emotionally healthy relationally healthy you must learn to work through your motions of God you must you have to learn how to bring your emotions to the Lord see God knows that we're not robots he doesn't expect you to be a robot he doesn't expect you to see all kinds of injustice in the world and have no reaction to it he doesn't expect you to get bad news and for you to have no reaction to it he knows you're not a robot and if we pretend that we are robots and that we don't have emotions it won't be very healthy eventually it's going to come out of our lives so 155 says this cast your burden on the Lord burden is the idea of a weight I'm isn't it true that our emotions are like weights you may not notice it but if you're dealing with a lot of anger other people are noticing it and it is a weight that will hold you down bitterness will hold you down you're not free it's a weight that you're carrying everywhere that gets heavier and heavier over time and david says cast your burden on the Lord he will sustain you he will never allow the righteous to be shaken first Peter 5 says humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God that he might exalt you at the proper time casting all your cares your anxiety your fears on him because he cares about you see see God David saw God as the one who cares about him who loves him who hears him who helps him he saw God as the one that he could go to deplete his case he saw God as the one where he could just he doesn't have to impress anyone he just cries out to God He pours out his heart to God and God delights in the prayers of his people do you believe that do you believe that God he delights and hearing from you David prayed honestly number two David prayed with expectation verse three says in the morning Lord you hear my voice in the morning I plead my case to you and watch expectantly now historically people have grabbed ahold of verse three and they said this you need to pray with expert tation you need to pray with expectation if you have no expectation of God answering your prayer that's not a prayer of faith therefore whatever you pray about you must expect God to answer that's the nature of faith filled prayer but I think I think there's a lot of truth to that but I think it's missing a few very important factors and one of those factors is this is what is shaping or what should shape your expectations in prayer what should shape your understanding of how God will respond to you because this idea of praying with expectation the way it gets translated into our lives as this is that you just want something and then you pray that God will give you what you want and you expect him to do it and when he doesn't do it you get mad at him and you say for prayers worthless so I you know what I really want to raise that's like e-6 on the cosmic vending machine and I just keep hitting a six give me that raise give me that raise give I just want my financial situation to change I want my health situation to change I just want you know whatever I want I'm single I want a girlfriend I want a better car I want you know whatever and you just go you just hit the vending machine button God's a cosmic vending machine I'm expecting him to do exactly what I want him to do for me that type of prayer will be very destructive in your life you will come to the conclusion that God does not hear now God may grant your request but God is too wise to be a cause as a cosmic eventing machine he's too loving He loves you way too much to give you what you want he loves you way too much to give you what you're asking for I mean could you imagine for a second as a parent if you had unlimited resources and you said what I'm gonna do is anything that my kids asked for I'm gonna give it to them anything they want I will give them what they want I'm gonna use all my unlimited resources to give my kids what they want immediately on their timetable I mean what would your life look like what would it look I mean I was think I've been think about this question the last couple of weeks and I just made a quick list of some things that not my life would look like the first thing is that we would have pizza at every meal I think that's pretty obvious can we have pizza no I mean but okay but we have pizza every meal we would have at least 11 puppies in our house running around we've had multiple pet snakes and lizards we would own Center Grove Orchard that would be a good thing that would be fun now my son Quinn would have a new Corvette my son Rex would have a new Tesla and I would drive a Pontiac Aztek that's what they would have he drinks my kids have been getting into cars I gotta tell you this my kids were getting into cars lately and so what kind of car is in what kind of car is that what kind of car is that and and so I don't know much about cars but I'll tell them a little bit about what I know and so they so my kids are really like Corvettes they like Tesla's and we were driving and we were next to this old betta Pontiac Aztek and one of my kids goes dad that car is awesome you should have that car it is so cool and I said kids I love you way too much to let you think that Pontiac Aztecs are cool like this is just not gonna this isn't gonna fly around here it might be very functional but I just don't think it's that cool and you think about it for a moment you can probably all make your own list and you think about if my life consisted of just giving my kids whatever they asked for it would be so destructive for them and see God loves you way too much he loves you way too much to be a cosmic vending machine he knows what you need everything that you ask for goes through the filter of God's goodness to you and see it wouldn't be loving for me to give my kids pizza at every meal it just wouldn't be loving and see God has are perfectly heavenly he's a perfect heavenly father who knows exactly what is best for us and he will give us what we need now the way how it all works with God responding to our prayers and our requests God will take of us and he is so he's not fair he's gracious he's more than fair he is so gracious and he gives us way more than what we deserve and he might you can pray and he might give you more than you could ever imagine he might do that for you and praise God for that but our expectations of how God will respond to us should not be shaped simply by our desires it should be shaped by God's character if you look at verse 3 in the morning Lord you hear my voice in the morning I plead my case to you and watch expectantly okay so what's shaping is expectations for we're gonna get a reason we're gonna get his thinking here for you are not a God who delights in wickedness evil cannot dwell with you the boastful cannot stand in your sight you hate all evildoers you destroy those who tell lies the Lord of course the viola and treacherous people so what's shaping his understanding of how God's going to respond to him when he pleads this case it is God's character it is God's holiness he says what's happening right now is so unjust and you are a holy God and I do not know how you're gonna solve this but you're gonna intervene you will bring about justice and he's turning the situation over to God at this time he's not trying to get God on board with his plan this is not a prayer of personal vengeance but what he's doing is he's saying god this rebellion is ultimately against you it's your holiness that is offended here that's what he says in verse 10 punished them God let them fall by their own schemes drive them out because of their many crimes for they rebel against you they rebel against this is about the offense against God they're rebuilt so God you intervene you intervene and you do what is right the goal of prayer is not to get God on our side it's not for God to be our own little personal genie but there is such a freeing reality when you pray for God's kingdom to be advanced when your heart's desire is that the kingdom of God will be done on earth as it is in heaven when that is the end of your prayer that's the goal of your prayer you say I want God your kingdom be advanced I want your name to be exalted I want you to do in my life whatever you need to do in my life to make me effective towards that end God will answer those prayers because those prayers are based upon who God is so david prayed with expectation number three David knew he David knew why he was accepted before God now this right here I believe is the key to a good prayer life this is at the heart of a good healthy prayer life David knew why he was accepted before God as you read these verses and you see David just lay out the truth about who God is that God he's gonna punish evildoers evil cannot dwell within you you do not delight in wickedness the Lord of whores treacherous and violent people I mean do you see the the potential dilemma that David is in because David is lifting up the truth about who God is that God is going to judge sin that he hates sin that he is gonna crush violent and treacherous people but then you think about who David is did David think I am totally I am just totally and completely innocent totally and righteous and I'm acceptable before God because of Who I am he didn't think that David was aware of his own sin in fact it was his sin that was bringing about the trouble it was his sexual sin that was bringing about the trouble it was his parenting sin that was bringing about the trouble of Absalom the fact that he didn't do anything about it it was his own moral failures that produced the pain in his life and so David was aware that he was an evil person and he was aware that God will judge evil so how can David be confident before God in prayer how does this work how can he go boldly before the Lord verse seven says this but I enter your house how by the abundance of your faithful love I bow down towards your holy temple in reverential awe of you now here's the idea is that David knew sacrifice is the basis of our acceptance before God he knew that sacrifice was the basis or is the basis of our acceptance before God now where do I get that well he understands David understood what was happening in the temple or in the tabernacle in the house of God he understood what was happening there and one of the main things that was happening is that animals were sacrificed and so this is what God did he established a system for the people of Israel and he says this he asked this question he says do you want to be right with me think about that question do you do you really want to be united with God do you really I mean seriously do you really want to follow him do you really want to know him do you really want to have communion with him do you want a relationship with him and if people responded with yes I do I do want to know God I want to be united with God I want to walk with God then God set up a system and here's a big part of the system this is what you would do is you would come to terms at least to some degree with your own sin and that God is a holy God and that I'm a sinful person and my sin produces a barrier between me and God just like today our sin produces a barrier between me and God but what you could do is you could take a lamb an innocent lamb and you would walk into the tabernacle into the temple and you would put your hands on the lamb and what when you're putting your hands on the lamb it was a picture of transferring identity that's what's happening you're saying this lamb and a very real sense is becoming me this lamb is becoming responsible for my lies and for my murder and from my immorality this this lamb is going to carry that weight and then in the tabernacle you would take a knife and you would cut the throat of the lamb the lamb would fall down and die and what you would see is that blood had been shed because of your sin and you knew if you were an Israelite you knew this is the basis of my acceptance before God I am a sinful God God provided a way for my sin to be dealt with without me dying there was a substitute and for hundreds of years century after century after century this has practiced thousands and thousands of times people going into the temple cutting the throat of lambs dying because sin demands death then the Lord Jesus comes onto the scene and John the Baptist at the height of his ministry looks at the Lord Jesus and he says behold the Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world that is an amazing statement because he's saying that Jesus is the fulfillment of all that had been happening in the temple for thousands of years like all of those animals dying and all the sacrifices sacrifices that had taken place they were all pointing to one final sacrifice and when John sees Jesus he says there he is there he is the Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world and then Jesus came for the purpose of of accepting your judgment because when God sees your lying do you know what he says like when he when he sees you having sex with someone you're not married to do you know what God says you have to die you have to die for that you must when he sees your selfishness he says you don't you get it you have to die and you will when he sees your your pride he sees your anger the way you talk down he says don't you get it you're gonna die you will dot you you have to die if there's gonna be any peace in the world because all of those things collectively as the human race this is what makes the world insane it's that we do what is right in our own eye and our own eyes and so the Lord Jesus willingly and voluntarily came for the purpose of accepting our judgment and then at the cross his blood was shed his his blood was shed that we might be forgiven the responsibility for sin was transferred to him as the Lamb of God and so God looks at the sacrifice of the son and says there your sins are forgiven the blood of the Lamb has purchased your forgiveness and he did that because he loves you he did that because he wanted to reconcile you to bring you to God it says that Christ died for sinners the righteous for the unrighteous that he might bring you to God that he might make you one with God you know the term atonement have you heard that before atonement that's what we're talking about it's atonement which is at one ment that's the idea it's to make you one to unite you back with God and so David understood that the foundation are the basis of his acceptance before God was not his righteous record the only way he could come is because of the blood of the Lamb that's the only way he would be accepted now let me tell you where you're gonna be tested this find out if you believe this or not are you ready for it let's find out it this there's one the sea has the work of Christ sank into your soul here's the test here's at least part of the test is how do you react to God after you've lied or after you've yelled at your wife and kids how do you feel about God how do you think of many people think I just lied I can't go to God I just yelled at my wife and kids I can't pray or if you're lazy all day you wasted your day or you just looked at porn on purpose like you just fall into you just you knew what you're doing and you said I'm gonna go seek it out you look at porn you get done and you say what have I done I can't pray or you haven't read your Bible and several weeks how am I supposed to go to God we'll see that's because we think our position is established by our behavior and what I'm telling you is this is that the only reason you're acceptable is because of the blood of the Lamb that's it and so whether or not you've sinned or not sinned if you share the gospel of someone are you made of are you told a lie to someone the only reason you're acceptable to God is because of the sacrifice of his son now if in your heart you try to go to God and you are rebelling against God there will be you will sense opposition from God because God loves you he will not allow you to have good communion with him when you're in rebellion but after you've sinned and you say I want to know God I'm sorry about this guy you can come right before them because of what Christ has done and this is why David went to God confidently in prayer but I enter your house by the abundance of your faithful love this is the only way we can stand this is the only way God will hear us he says I bow down to your Holy down towards your holy temple in reverential awe of you and the more I spend time consciously in the presence of God the more I cry out to God and prayer and I know the only reason I have access to God do you ever think about your access to God you ever think about this if you're a Christian did you know that right now if you're a Christian right now the only thing that's keeping you from communion with God is you did you know that anytime anyplace you can just call out to God and have the undistracted full attention of the creator of the universe at any point because of the work of Jesus he knew why he was accepted number four David prayed why did he pray what did he do what's going on here David prayed to locate his joy glory and confidence in God verse eleven but let all who take refuge and you rejoice let them shout for joy forever may you shelter them and may those who love your name boast about you for you Lord bless the righteous one you surround him with favor like a shield now David uses this phrase what's the phrase he says well but let all who take refuge in you rejoice let all who take refuge in you rejoice and you see this phrase all over the Psalms let all who take refuge in you take refuge in the Lord what does it mean to take refuge in the Lord it means that you go to the Lord to find safety and security and stability you go to the Lord to find protection you recognize what I'm up against I can't handle on my own so in humility you run to him to hide in him to find your protection in him and he says let all who take refuge in you rejoice let them shout for joy forever so the question is this how do you take refuge in the Lord well let me tell you how you take refuge refuge in the Lord David is taking refuge in the Lord that's what he's doing in Psalm five he's praying the way to seek refuge or take refuge in the Lord is to pray to him it's to run to him it's to go to him it's to call out to him to cry out that's that is the act see when you come to the Lord the goal isn't to just complain the whole time the goal is to present your case to the Lord and fine to him he's there of course he's there but you need to say who are you here God who are you you got to locate the Lord and when you do that it's gonna impact your heart in so many different ways David is taking refuge in the Lord in Psalm 5 so as I was working through this I just wrote a little sentence to myself that I hope will be helpful to you here's the sentence prayer is the fight to locate your joy glory and confidence in God what is prayer what's the essence of it what are we doing well it is the fight to locate your joy glory and confidence in God it's to take refuge in him it's to clearly say you are my life you are my joy Psalm 33 says this but you Lord are a shield around me my glory and the one who lifts up my head David is saying you're you're the shield around me I want your protection more than the protection of any army you're a shield around me you're my glory you're the one who lifts up my head you know the word glory here is a word that's used all over the Bible it's the Hebrew word kavod and in the Bible you see that God has glory and people have glory and things have glory this word kavod what it means is weight or significance or importance and we use this language all the time we do you may not think about it but you do when someone shares something with you that's very important to them something that is really deep a lot of times we'll say this man that was heavy that was heavy that had some kavod that had importance and you see something and you say wow that is incredible that is important that is significant that is the idea of kavod and if you were to take all the kavod of all the creatures on planet earth and all the things on planet earth and the entire creation of the universe it's like one drop on one side of the equation that is the kavod of the universe versus God when you look at the kavod or the significance and importance of God it's like the oceans of the earth that's the picture it's like God is infinitely more glorious infinitely heavier more significance than the entire creation and what David is doing here as he's saying in his prayer in Psalm 3 3 he's saying I have been finding my kavod my glory and other things like what he had been finding his glory and his kingdom he had been finding his glory and his family had been finding his glory and his moral integrity his reputation and all of those things right before his eyes his kingdoms family's moral integrity his reputation all of those things are crumbling right before him like who he thought he was crumbling right before his eyes people are rising up to kill him and David says what am i doing see David started to believe his own hype he looked at his Twitter account he said I have 200 million Twitter followers on YouTube he has 3.5 billion hits him he's beating Justin Bieber and people love him they're listening to him you know people were saying David was the goat of Kings the greatest of all time he's the greatest King he started to believe his own hype and so he lost track of God and so what he's doing in Psalm 3:3 what he's doing in Psalm 5 what he's doing in the Psalms is that he's fighting to locate his glory in God you you from you comes my significance and nothing else from you comes my identity and you is where I have my joy and you is where I have my real protection so he's fighting he is fighting prayer is the fight to locate your joy glory and confidence in God now some of you are thinking this ok I pray but I don't really feel all that different I don't really feel transformed by my prayer life well there are at least two different approaches to prayer let me tell you these two different approaches and I would invite you to consider your approach in prayer approach number one is this is that prayer is an afterthought it is a side dish now I want to be clear I'm not trying to knock prayer as an afterthought or prayer as a side dish side dishes are good baked beans and sweet potatoes aren't they good amen isn't that right I we like sides give me some french fries or whatever it is there they are good but then you have a different approach where God is the main dish he's the main dish he's the meat and the potatoes what is prayer as a side dish look like it looks like praying for 30 seconds when you wake up you just wake up say good morning Lord you say wow another day we're praying in the shower or praying as you drive to work or wherever you're going I want to be as clear as I can possibly be that is good to pray in the shell it is good to pray in the shower it is good to pray before you go to bed it is good to pray all the time I'm not trying to put some I don't think you should feel guilty for praying or bad no no that's not what I'm saying Jesus died so you would have incredible access to him so pray all the time pray without ceasing that's what it says but that type of prayer will not transform you at least it won't very much it doesn't it doesn't accomplish what prayer is really intended to come to accomplish because it's an afterthought you're driving to work already you pray for 10 minutes good but there's a different approach to prayer that we see in Psalm 5 prayer as the main dish here it is listen to my words Lord consider my sighing pay attention to the sound of my cry my king and my God for I pray to you in the morning Lord you hear my voice in the morning I plead my case to you and watch expectantly three things to notice real quickly and then will be done done number one David got up early he got up early now to some of you getting up early sounds like cruel and unusual punishment some sort of torture but let me just invite you to consider something people get up early you guys all of us we get up early all the time for all kinds of things people get up early to go to work people get up early to work out people get up early to go hunting people go up get up early to go fishing people get up early to travel people get up early for Black Friday there's still a few people who do that I mean it's but people at two o'clock in the morning they've had four shots of expresso they're ready if you were to ask David why do you get up early I'm sure in in there would be I got it I got things to do but as the regular pattern he set his alarm to get up to seek God number two second thing to notice is that he went somewhere he went someplace he had a place where he would not have otherwise gone but he went there for the purpose of prayer set his alarm and said I'm going to the house of God I'm going to the temple to plead my case I'm going someplace and I've just I don't aren't we the temple of God we are and we can cry out to God any place any time you have to understand that that being in a church building gives you no special access to God if you're a Christian you are the temple of God but there is something about going someplace to seek God just you look at Christians throughout the centuries you look at believers in the Old Testament there is something about saying I'm going here to cry out to you I'm gonna go to the park to cry out to you I'm gonna go on a walk to cry out to you there's something about it where you say I'm seeking you God I wouldn't be doing this if it will if it weren't for you number three David prayed out loud verse one listen to my words Lord consider my sighing pay attention to the sound of my cry pay attention to the sound of my cry my king and my god for I pray to you in the morning Lord you hear my voice in the morning I plead my case to you and watch the expectant he prayed out loud all throughout the Psalms pray out loud in the New Testament you pray out loud can God hear your prayers if they're not out loud of course he can but most people at least that I've talked to you if you're if when they're honest they'll say yeah I get really lost if I'm praying silently inside of myself and you can do it don't get me wrong don't don't lie this isn't an issue of right or wrong here it's just an issue of wisdom and I would say the biblical pattern is to pray out loud if you want God to be more real to you treat him like he's real talk to him walk with him mark 1:35 says this very early in the morning while it was still dark this talking about Jesus he got up went out and made his way to a deserted place and there he was praying there's something about making the Lord the main dish there's something about opening up the word and being alone with him and crying out to him that will change your life that's how we change we change as we see the Lord so I just want to encourage you fight for that fight prayer is the fight to locate your joy and glory and confidence in God just a close practical application I don't know do I need to tell you what the application is gonna be here but I will here it is take the prayer challenge take the prayer challenge what is the prayer challenge here it is ready one morning a week get up early and seek God in prayer so that what I'm saying is set your alarm so you just say I got to do this and this and this and this but before that set your alarm now how long should you pray 40 minutes is there anything magical about 40 minutes no but you're just gonna make up a number and so I just made one up and I just just pray for 40 minutes and give it a shot and just see and if you can't pray for 40 minutes then just maybe say wow how deep is my relationship with God I can't be alone with him for 40 minutes you see what I'm saying so just work towards it if it's gonna stretch you a little bit praise God stretch so get up early go someplace go for a walk go to a place so you can be alone cry out to him the second part of the prayer challenge is this is one morning a week get up early and pray with us so what we're gonna do as a church is that we have approximately ten weeks before the end of the year we're gonna do 40 days of prayer over the next ten weeks so four days a week as a church we're gonna have prayer here that starts this week so this week it's gonna start Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday from 620 to 7 we're gonna pray together and so I would encourage you to pick a day just pick a day come in what's more important if you what's more important is being alone with him but if you want to develop and grow your prayer life pray with other believers that's the pattern so show up here pick a day the next 10 weeks and just see what's it like I'm gonna go on Wednesday I'm gonna go on Thursday I'm gonna vote Friday I'm gonna go on Tuesday and let's just see what God does and during those days we're gonna have pray for the exact same ten things over the next 10 weeks we're just gonna these are the things we're gonna pray about and you can pray about whatever you want to pray about but as a church we're gonna pray about these 10 things and just see what the Lord does to end the year I mean isn't the world crazy I mean doesn't life get out of control and I think as believers we should be people of Prayer and if you're praying like a crazy person already praise God do it keep keep getting better but many of us we need to give attention to this area and we'll see what the Lord does so this going to close in prayer Heavenly Father Heavenly Father we do want to just praise you that you have provided a way for us to be accepted Lord I mean think of Lord we think about our access to you that you do you hear us and you help us and that you respond to us as a perfect Heavenly Father Lord that you you actually answer our prayers in a way that brings you glory and leads to our good what a what an incredible thing and so lord I pray that we would be people that we would be people of Prayer as as a church Lord that we we would seek you that the idea of praying together isn't awkward even one bit it would it would be so natural for us Lord because this is our life and lord I thank you that it is worth it I mean what what is more important for us than seeking you and knowing you there's there's nothing more important and so Lord just even this this week help us to set our alarms help us to be willing to alter our schedules if necessary to seek you in prayer give us a vision of you help us to see who you are pray these things in Jesus name Amen.
Pastor Dan Rude continues our series on the Book of Psalms. Dan examines how King David prayed and why our knowledge of God's attributes should direct our prayers.