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Song of the Clouded Dawn

For the Pure and Shining One
For her who receives the inheritance,[a] by King David

Morning Watch

Listen, Yahweh, to my passionate prayer![b]
Can’t you hear my groaning?
Don’t you hear how I’m crying out to you?
My King and my God, consider my every word,
for I am calling out to you.
At each and every sunrise you will hear my voice
as I prepare my sacrifice of prayer to you.[c]
Every morning I lay out the pieces of my life on the altar
and wait for your fire to fall upon my heart.[d]

Making It Right

I know that you, God, are never pleased with lawlessness,
and evil ones will never be invited as guests in your house.
Boasters collapse, unable to survive your scrutiny,
for your hatred of evildoers is clear.
You will make an end of all those who lie.
How you hate their hypocrisy and despise all who love violence!

Multitude of Mercy

But I know that you will welcome me into your house,
for I am covered by your covenant of mercy and love.
So I come to your sanctuary[e] with deepest awe
to bow in worship and adore you.
Yahweh, lead me in the pathways of your pleasure
just like you promised me you would,
or else my enemies will conquer me.
Smooth out your road in front of me,
straight and level so that I will know where to walk.

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  1. Psalm 5:1 The Hebrew word used here is neliloth or flutes. It can also be translated “inheritances.” The early church father Augustine translated this: “For her who receives the inheritance,” meaning the church of Jesus Christ. The Father told the Son in Ps. 2 to ask for his inheritance; here we see it is the church that receives what Jesus asks for. We receive our inheritance of eternal life through the death and resurrection of the Son of God. The Septuagint reads “For the end,” also found in numerous inscriptions of the Psalms.
  2. Psalm 5:1 Or “My words—give them a hearing, Lord!”
  3. Psalm 5:3 The Hebrew word for “prepare” is ‘arak, a priestly term for lighting the altar fire, preparing a sacrifice, and laying it out in order upon the altar to be consumed.
  4. Psalm 5:3 Implied in the concept of preparing the morning sacrifice. The Aramaic text states, “At dawn I shall be ready and shall appear before you.” The Hebrew can also be translated “I’ll be on the watchtower (for the answer to come).” See Pss. 59:16; 88:13; Hab. 2:1.
  5. Psalm 5:7 Or “I come to the temple of your holiness.”

41 Then he withdrew from them a short distance[a] to be alone. Kneeling down, he prayed, 42 “Father, if you are willing, take this cup of agony away from me.[b] But no matter what, your will must be mine.”

43 Jesus called[c] for an angel of glory to strengthen him, and the angel appeared. 44 He prayed even more passionately, like one being sacrificed,[d] until he was in such intense agony of spirit that his sweat became drops of blood, dripping onto the ground.[e]

45 When Jesus finished praying, he got up and went to his disciples and found them all asleep, for they were exhausted and overwhelmed with sorrow.

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  1. Luke 22:41 Literally “a stone’s throw away.”
  2. Luke 22:42 Jesus asked the Father to be spared from death in the garden so that he could go all the way to the cross. His prayer was answered. The blood that dripped in the garden would not redeem. Jesus had to carry the cross and fulfill all that was written of him. See Heb. 5:7.
  3. Luke 22:43 Translated from the Aramaic text. The Greek manuscripts state it passively: “An angel from heaven appeared.”
  4. Luke 22:44 The Aramaic text is literally “He prayed sacrificially.”
  5. Luke 22:44 Although vv. 43–44 are found in the Aramaic manuscript, many Greek texts omit them. Most of the early church fathers included them in their translations and commentaries. Though very rare, the phenomenon of hematidrosis, sweating blood, is well documented. Under great emotional stress, tiny capillaries in the sweat glands can break, thus mixing blood with sweat. This process could have marked weakness and possibly shock.

42 Then he left them for a second time to pray in solitude. He said to God, “My Father, if there is not a way that you can deliver me from this suffering,[a] then your will must be done.”

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  1. Matthew 26:42 See the first footnote for v. 39 and Heb. 5:7.