When we approach God we must do so with a pure heart (right intention). Spoken words alone are not enough. Behind the words are the true beliefs of the seeker, which will impact the outcome. We all have problems that we want to take to God, but it is important for us to understand that desire is not just a mental exercise. Sighing and crying for an answer to prayer indicates the emotional posture that a pure intention requires. We have to reach the point where we truly want to turn our problems over to Spirit with all of our heart. Most often we find ourselves finally able to turn our problems over to God, once we come to the conclusion that we have done all that we can do ourselves (in the morning I plead my case to you, and watch).
Once we turn our burdens over to God our responsibility is to wait, wait on the Lord. Our waiting is easiest if we are in a receptive and listening mode for Spirit. In communion with God, we release all false beliefs. We acknowledge God as the only Power and Presence in our lives (you destroy those who speak lies). We approach God in Truth (evil will not sojourn with you, the boastful will not stand before your eyes, you hate all evildoers).
Once the consciousness identifies error thoughts, true thoughts can replace them. God’s active, creative, saving lovingkindness (chesed) is the principle at the core humanity’s relationship with God. As a result of embracing this chesed, we open ourselves to being led by Spirit to a right relationship (righteousness) with God. Of course to get there, we all struggle with our ego, self-centeredness, and all of the patterns of thought not based in Truth (enemies). The thoughts generated by the ego have no basis in spiritual reality (for there is no truth in their mouths). And at their core, they are destructive and a barrier to abiding in the Presence of God.
Their throats are open graves. This is very powerful imagery describing the destructive nature of our words and thoughts. The throat is the seat of creativity because thoughts and words are the creative medium through which we shape our existence. Words, spoken from the perspective of ego rather than Spirit, cause death (separation of spirit, mind and body). The psalmist desires to walk the straight and narrow path of Truth (make your way straight before me). This sincere inward spiritual journey is the only way to reconnect with our higher selves and know God.
As we begin to see the first rays of Light, we become protected (spread your protection over them), by realigning ourselves with the Power of God’s Presence (those who love your name may exult in you). All those who do so will claim the Divine inheritance of joy, health, wealth, all gifts from God (you cover them with favor as with a shield).
And so it is! Amen!