Boldness in Prayer (Psalm #5)

Text: Psalm 5

Boldness to speak to God (vss 1-3)

  • David comes to God boldly.
  • He is not like Christians who when we decide to pray have to do so much “getting right” we have no confidence to talk to God.
  • David is close to God.
  • In the David doesn’t come to God with, “It’s been a long time since I’ve talked to you.”

Boldness to accept God’s choices (vss 4-6)

  • The context here is critical.  David is being hunted by his son Absalom.  And David knows Absalom is on the wrong side of God in this matter.
  • No love the sinner hate the sin.  There isn’t a division.
  • Some of you are on the wrong side of God because of your children.

Boldness because of fear of the Lord (vss 7-8)

  • Proverbs 8:13 The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.
  • Proverbs 14:26 In the fear of the LORD is strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge.

Boldness for the Lord’s sake (vss 9-10)

  • 2 Samuel 17:14 – Hushai’s counsel is taken by Absalom.
  • David says they have rebelled against thee, speaking of the Lord.  And for that reason confuse them and let them fall by their own devices.
  • This is boldness in knowing the Lord will defend His name.
  • Proverbs 18:10

Boldness because God is happy (vss 11-12)

  • God’s favor compasses the righteous as with a shield.
  • No promise of physical protection, but if God is happy, that’s the best place to be.  There is nothing that can replace God saying, Well done.
  • Psalm 23, surely goodness and mercy shall follow me.  So when I look behind me I see goodness and mercy all along the path I’ve walked.