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My Prayer for Today

My Prayer for Today PSALM 5
A Prayer for Guidance
To the Chief Musician. With Flutes. A Psalm of David. 
    1      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. 
    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. 
    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 bef…

Charles H. Spurgeon, Morning and Evening: Daily Readings, Complete and unabridged; New modern edition

Morning, May 3      Go To Evening Reading

         “In the world ye shall have tribulation.” 
         — John 16:33

Art thou asking the reason of this, believer? Look upward to thy heavenly Father, and behold him pure and holy. Dost thou know that thou art one day to be like him? Wilt thou easily be conformed to his image? Wilt thou not require much refining in the furnace of affliction to purify thee? Will it be an easy thing to get rid of thy corruptions, and make thee perfect even as thy Father which is in heaven is perfect? Next, Christian, turn thine eye downward. Dost thou know what foes thou hast beneath thy feet? Thou wast once a servant of Satan, and no king will willingly lose his subjects. Dost thou think that Satan will let thee alone? No, he will be always at thee, for he “goeth about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” Expect trouble, therefore, Christian, when thou lookest beneath thee. Then look around thee. Where art thou? Thou art in an enemy’s country, a…

Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional

May 3: If Life Were a Musical
Judges 4:1–6:10; Philippians 1:19–30

Maybe life should be more like a musical or an oratorio—like Les Misérables or Handel’s Messiah. How we feel is often expressed better in song or poetry than anything else. Literary criticism tells us that poets write verse because prose simply can’t capture the emotions they’re feeling. So much of the Bible is poetry, suggesting that maybe, in a way, poems and songs are the language of God.
Deborah and Barak understood this. After Yahweh claimed victory over Israel’s foes through them, they “sang on that day” (Judg 5:1). The Bible records their song. It was epic—the earth trembling (Judg 5:4, 5), the people rejoicing (Judg 5:7), and everyone singing as they recounted “the righteous deeds of Yahweh” and made their way to the city gates (Judg 5:11). This is music, after all; it’s expressive.
Paul breaks out in a type of song in Philippians as well (Phil 2:5–11). His song is a result of his raw excitement from reflecting …