A Morning Hymn and Prayer

Psalm 5:1-3  

Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my meditation. Give heed to the voice of my cry, my King and my God, for to You I will pray. My voice You shall hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning I will direct it to You, and I will look up.

Psalm 4 ends with David’s thoughts and prayers before going to sleep. Psalm 5 begins talking about David’s morning prayers.

The word translated “meditation” here is not the same as the word used in Psalm 119, where it means reflection. Here the Hebrew word is hagiyg, and it can mean “whisper, musing, murmuring” (Brown, Driver, Briggs, Gesenius Lexicon). It is translated “sighing” in the New International Version and “groaning” in the New Living Translation.

The Jamieson, Fausset and Brown Commentary says meditation here means “moanings of that half uttered form to which deep feeling gives rise—groanings, as in Romans 8:26, 27.”

We can pour our hearts out to our King and our God in prayer morning, noon or night. He hears and He cares. See more about His deep love and care for us in “God Is Love.”

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