What better way to start the day?! Talk to God. The line is open and the Father is always listening to his children (1 Pet. 3:12). Morning, noon, and evening (and anytime in between), God listens to us. How can anyone begin the day without prayer?
David the king and songwriter of Israel pours out his heart, making his requests known to the Lord. An urgent situation drives him to pray. David is king of Israel but God is king of the universe. David pleads with God to listen, and God is glad to listen to those who love him and do his will (John 9:31). If evil men call out to God in arrogance, he does not listen (Prov. 15:29). God loves all mankind, but he hates wrongdoing. He is not beholden to those who would abuse the privilege of prayer.
On the other hand, God is glad when the reverent believer comes before him, making known his gratitude and his concerns. David prays that the Lord will lead him in righteousness, making a straight path for him (see Psalm 119:105). Prayer is not a “get out of jail free” card for the ungodly. Those who transgress will pay the penalty for their sins (Rom. 6:23).
David’s enemies preyed on him when he was down and out. They used their tongues to wound him, making unfounded accusations (5:6, 9). “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me.” Not true! Is it not a pity that hateful and hurtful words may be spoken against anyone in the world, seemingly without earthly consequence. But God is listening and he will declare the accuser guilty. Every politician should be required to read the Psalms on a daily basis. Not a bad idea for all of us.
It may trouble Christians to see the Psalmist call for God to punish the wicked. But these “imprecatory psalms” are not hateful efforts at personal vengeance. The writer brings his concerns to the court of heaven to be resolved. If we all took vengeance for real and perceived wrongdoing, no one would be left standing! God is the judge, and we should be glad that he is (Rom. 12:14-21). He is also the refuge of the righteous; let us come to him for shelter.
My comments are not an inspired commentary, but rather a few words to draw attention to the background, context, and dynamic situation of the book of Psalms. May God bless your reading of His Word. T.C.