Prayer, according to Oswald Chambers, is not the preparation for the greater work. Instead, prayer IS the greater work. David, in this Psalm, describes the attitude and heart of one that prays. It reminds me of the story in Matthew 6 and Luke 11. In those gospels, the disciples ask Jesus to teach them to pray. Jesus then prays with them and openly demonstrates the humble heart that seeks first to follow God and His plan.
As with the Lord’s prayer, David clearly defines the person that will be effective in their prayer. God expects those that appear before Him to do so with humility and reverence. God has no time to listen to the wicked, the proud , the bullies, or those that live deceitfully and without integrity.
Instead, God expects us to come before Him with a grateful, humble, and expectant heart. He is always happy to entertain us and empathetic to our needs and causes. God listens and, as our plans line up with the Lord’s; He grants the desires of our hearts.
David is reverently praising God for allowing and answering the prayers of a person seeking Him. There is no greater source for comfort, provision, protection, or redemption than the throne room of our Heavenly Father. David knew it, and he took the time to tell the world of God’s compassion and attention. David also took the time to be sure others came to the throne room of God grateful heart and spirit of reverent humility.
God Bless You
Give ear to my words, O Lord;
consider my groaning.
2 Give attention to the sound of my cry,
my King and my God,
for to you do I pray.
3 O Lord, in the morning you hear my voice;
in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you[a] and watch.
4 For you are not a God who delights in wickedness;
evil may not dwell with you.
5 The boastful shall not stand before your eyes;
you hate all evildoers.
6 You destroy those who speak lies;
the Lord abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful man.
7 But I, through the abundance of your steadfast love,
will enter your house.
I will bow down toward your holy temple
in the fear of you.