Prayer as Attending

BIBLE READING: Psalm 5

1 Give ear to my words, O Lord;

   give heed to my sighing.

2 Listen to the sound of my cry,

   my King and my God,

   for to you I pray.

3 O Lord, in the morning you hear my voice;

   in the morning I plead my case to you, and watch.

4 For you are not a God who delights in wickedness;

   evil will not sojourn with you.

5 The boastful will not stand before your eyes;

   you hate all evildoers.

6 You destroy those who speak lies;

   the Lord abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful.

7 But I, through the abundance of your steadfast love,

   will enter your house,

I will bow down toward your holy temple

   in awe of you.

8 Lead me, O Lord, in your righteousness

   because of my enemies;

   make your way straight before me.

9 For there is no truth in their mouths;

   their hearts are destruction;

their throats are open graves;

   they flatter with their tongues.

10 Make them bear their guilt, O God;

   let them fall by their own counsels;

because of their many transgressions cast them out,

   for they have rebelled against you.

11 But let all who take refuge in you rejoice;

   let them ever sing for joy.

Spread your protection over them,

   so that those who love your name may exult in you.

12 For you bless the righteous, O Lord;

   you cover them with favor as with a shield.

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