“Lord, Teach Us To Pray”
You, Lord, are my Maker and my God. Lead on, King Eternal, as I render all praise to You.
Read Psalm 59
 For the director of music. To the tune of “Do Not Destroy.” Of David. A
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“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” (Phil. 4:6).
For the background to this psalm, see 1 Samuel 19:1–17. David’s unnerving experience while living under surveillance and constant threat (see the psalm’s title) drives him to prayer. He prays first for his own immediate need (1–4). “I have done no wrong” is not a claim to sinless perfection but a rebuttal of the specific charge against him, namely of disloyalty to Saul. David’s clear conscience contrasts with the wicked deeds, plans and words of his enemies. Prayer for his own immediate situation leads him on to pray for a global outworking of justice which will simultaneously punish the wicked (5) and benefit both the Lord and his people (11–13). David’s prayers are big, honest, bold and confident: “Arise… Rouse yourself… Do not kill them… Consume them in wrath” (4,5,11,13). His trusting, sincere words contrast with the mocking words of his enemies, “Who can hear us?” (7). You may like to spend some time meditating on the biblical description of words as “swords” and comparing verse 7 with other passages of Scripture (Psa. 57:4; 64:3; Prov. 12:18; Isa. 49:2; Eph. 6:17; Heb. 4:12; Rev.
1:16, 19:15,21). Each of David’s prayers is followed by a thoughtful consideration of his situation, first from a human perspective (3,4,6,7,14,15), then from the perspective of faith (8,16). Notice the “But” in verses 8 and 16 and consider how faith in the Lord can completely change a believer’s perspective. The result of his prayer and meditation is a new assurance of security in God “my strength” and “my fortress” (9,10,16,17). That assurance in turn results in a resolve to watch for
the Lord’s answer to his prayers and to sing in praise of his strength and love (9,17). Think about how the Lord has answered your own prayers and thank him.
Notice the titles used for the Lord in verses 9 and 17 and make them your own as you pray for the needs of your own and other nations.
Lord, You are a prayer-answering God. I would be lost without You. I love You, Lord.
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