Devotional Bible Study: God Is Listening | Psalm 5:3.
Welcome to Day 1 for a short powerful devotion from our 30 Psalms For Anxiety, Fear, Worry, And Depression bible plan. This short devotional is based on Psalm 5:3.
Read Psalm 5:3 (click on the Psalm if you want to see other translations of this verse.)
"Listen to my voice in the morning, LORD. Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly." NLT.
Psalm 5 was written by David. He was a man that certainly was not perfect but he is known as a man after God's own heart. I am so inspired by David in my walk as a Christian.
He made some bad decisions that God forgave when he sought repentance and when he had been hunted down by his enemies, he knew to turn to God and seek His guidance. David knew distress and depression but he also knew that God would lift him out of that despair.
Most importantly David understood that God hears us. He had experienced this. David had learned to practice God's presence as a shepherd boy. He knew loneliness, danger, and fear but he learned to trust God for all his needs, to take time to praise him, and to pray continuously.
Psalm 5:3 has been called the Morning Psalm for centuries and it has inspired Christians to rise early, just like David did to seek God before the tasks of the day take over our life.
Join me as we unpack the treasure in this verse that will calm your anxiety and that gives us actional tips on how to order our day and join me in prayer too at the bottom of this post.
Related: Seeking God First | Matthew 6:33.
Short Devotional: God is listening
What can we learn from David?
The first thought on David's mind every morning was of God.
He eagerly spent time in God's presence knowing that God hears his voice.
David then waits for God expectantly to work in him and his circumstances throughout the day.
God hears us when we pray
Be like David!
Make time every morning to spend a few minutes or longer seeking God's presence. Layout your prayers before God and seek Him expectantly. When you pray God listens. He really does listen because the bible tells us that He does and I have experienced it numerous times. I need to work more on listening for His voice back to me. It isn't usually an audible voice but thoughts or impressions on my heart and mind. God speaks loudly through scripture and you will know when God speaks to you because you will sense His peace.
Some other bible translations translate Psalm 5:3 like this:
"O LORD, in the morning you hear my voice; in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you and watch."
The word 'sacrifice' caught my attention. Sacrifice isn't something we do for God but the word 'sacrifice' in the context of Psalm 5:3 means that we lay all our concerns in prayer before the Lord and surrender them to Him and watch expectantly for what He will do with them.
When you pray God listens. God hears our prayers. God is always listening.
Here is one of my favorite bible verses that comforts me when I need reminding that God listens.
"I love the Lord because he hears my voice
2 Because he bends down to listen,
I will pray as long as I have breath! Psalm 116:1-2 NLT.
Do you seek God early every morning?
Do you wait expectantly for God to intervene on your behalf throughout your day?
What is God saying to you through this verse?
God is always listening. He hears you. God hears your heart. God hears us when we pray.
Download our free guided prayer journal specifically designed for our 30 Psalms challenge or use a notebook to answer the above questions.
Join me in praying Psalm 5:3.
Father, thank you that you hear my voice. Thank you that you hear and answer my prayers in your timing. Help me to make time in the morning for you to and to layout my burdens before you. Help me to place them into your hands and to expectantly wait for you to act on my behalf. Amen.