1-3 Listen, God! Please, pay attention! Can you make sense of these ramblings, my groans and cries? King-God, I need your help. Every morning you’ll hear me at it again. Every morning I lay out the pieces of my life on your altar and watch for fire to descend.
4-6 You don’t socialize with Wicked, or invite Evil over as your houseguest. Hot-Air-Boaster collapses in front of you; you shake your head over Mischief-Maker. God destroys Lie-Speaker; Blood-Thirsty and Truth-Bender disgust you.
7-8 And here I am, your invited guest— it’s incredible! I enter your house; here I am, prostrate in your inner sanctum, Waiting for directions to get me safely through enemy lines.
9-10 Every word they speak is a land mine; their lungs breathe out poison gas. Their throats are gaping graves, their tongues slick as mudslides. Pile on the guilt, God! Let their so-called wisdom wreck them. Kick them out! They’ve had their chance.
11-12 But you’ll welcome us with open arms when we run for cover to you. Let the party last all night! Stand guard over our celebration. You are famous, God, for welcoming God-seekers, for decking us out in delight.
-This may be my favorite Psalm so far, although I’m only 5 in. It comes at a perfect time. As I sit in my office preparing myself for the worship service to come this morning these words ring true. What an awesome God we have that when we ask he kicks all evil out and he invites us in with open arms. This is my prayer for me this morning but also for the congregation of my church. As we head into God’s throne room together I pray that the wicked would be cast out and that we would run to God’s open arms.
When he served in King Saul’s court, David was often attacked by some of Saul’s officers who flattered the king and lied about David (vv. 4–6, 9). King Saul wrongly believed that David was trying to steal his throne. Because of this he acted out his sad paranoia and eventually destroyed himself, not David!
When people slander you, follow David’s example and pray about the matter, rather than stew–or sue! Note his four specific prayer requests:
Listen to me (vv. 1–6). David began the day with his heart lifted up to God. Psalm 5:3 is included in all prayer books as part of the morning prayers as well as Isa. 26:9: “My soul yearns for you in the night; in the morning my spirit longs for you.” He then shifts from his believing praise to his recognition of the slander against him (vv. 4–6). God knew about the sinful words of the liars, but He also heard the believing prayers of His servant.
Lead me (vv. 7–8). The Lord’s hesed (v. 7 “steadfast love” or “lovingkindness”) overcomes the schemes of the liars. David had to be very careful because Saul and his “posse” were watching him and his life was always in danger. He both worshiped God and asked for His daily direction. Verse 8b sounds like the familiar promise of Pr. 3:6 (“make my paths straight”).
Protect me (vv. 9–10). David did not take up arms against Saul or Saul’s men. He left those battles to the Lord (see 1 Sam. 24:2–7, 26:6–12). He trusted God to care for him, and God did not fail. It is important in reading these “imprecatory” psalms to recognize that David always left the judgment of his slanderers to God He did not take personal vengeance on them.
Provide for me (vv. 11–12). “Taking refuge” recalls Psalm 2:12. The blessing for the righteous person recalls Ps. 1:1–3. Protection is described by the metaphor of a shield (v. 12). Isn’t that what God told Abram that He was (Gen. 15:1)? Because he had God as King and Shield, David was blessed with joy, confidence, and an even deeper love for the Lord.
I heard a theologian comment that in this psalm David has reached a balance between absolute transcendence and elitist immanence. To us mortals that means that he knows the One who is lofty and high and who also dwells with the lowly (Isa. 57:15). Times of suffering can be times of growing if we just allow the Lord to finish what He has started.
O Lord, help me to believe that You who began a good work in me WILL complete it in the day of Jesus Christ (Phil. 1:6). AMEN.
Psalm 5:3 “In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.”
I prefer to have my God time in the morning, it’s what works for me. I like what my Bible says about this verse: “in the morning our minds are more free from problems and then we can commit the whole day to God.”
Psalm 5:5 “The arrogant cannot stand in your presence; you hate all who do wrong.”
I like this quote about this verse: “All believers should strive to be more tolerant of people but less tolerant of the sin in themselves and others.”
Psalm 5:6 “You destroy those who tell lies; bloodthirsty an deceitful men the Lord abhors.”
I was in a work situation once where I felt very uncomfortable with the decisions of the management, including feeling that truth was stretched at times. I although I don’t want this management to be necessarily destroyed, it’s comforting to know that God was on my side in that situation.
Open your ears to my words, O Lord. Consider my innermost thoughts. Pay attention to my cry for help, my king and my God, because I pray only to you. In the morning, O Lord, hear my voice. In the morning I lay my needs in front of you, and I wait.
You are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness. Evil will never be your guest. Those who brag cannot stand in your sight. You hate all troublemakers. You destroy those who tell lies. The Lord is disgusted with bloodthirsty and deceitful people.
But I will enter your house because of your great mercy. Out of reverence for you, I will bow toward your holy temple. O Lord, lead me in your righteousness because of those who spy on me. Make your way in front of me smooth.
Nothing in their mouths is truthful. Destruction comes from their hearts. Their throats are open graves. They flatter with their tongues.
Condemn them, O God. Let their own schemes be their downfall. Throw them out for their many crimes because they have rebelled against you. But let all who take refuge in you rejoice. Let them sing with joy forever. Protect them, and let those who love your name triumph in you. You bless righteous people, O Lord. Like a large shield, you surround them with your favor.
To the choirmaster: for the flutes. A Psalm of David.
1Give ear to my words, O LORD; consider my groaning. 2Give attention to the sound of my cry, my King and my God, for to you do I pray. 3O LORD, in the morning you hear my voice; in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you[a] and watch.
4For you are not a God who delights in wickedness; evil may not dwell with you. 5The boastful shall not stand before your eyes; you hate all evildoers. 6You destroy those who speak lies; the LORD abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful man.
7But 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. 8 Lead me, O LORD, in your righteousness because of my enemies; make your way straight before me.
9For there is no truth in their mouth; their inmost self is destruction; their throat is an open grave; they flatter with their tongue. 10 Make them bear their guilt, O God; let them fall by their own counsels; because of the abundance of their transgressions cast them out, for they have rebelled against you.
11But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy, and spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may exult in you. 12For you bless the righteous, O LORD; you cover him with favor as with a shield.
Thoughts: This psalm is very similar to the previous few because it is a prayer from David. In the midst of his hardships, he prays that the Lord hear his words, groaning and cry. Prayer for David is a collection of well formulated and thought out words, a groaning or lamenting (NIV) when he runs out of words, and an emotional cry along with his thought out words and spiritual groans. Are these what fill your prayer life every morning? Again, David calls upon God’s attributes in the 2nd part (vs. 4 - 6) of the psalm. Relying on his consistency, he presents to himself reasons why God will answer his prayer. However these are things that all of us deal with! So why should God answer his or any of our prayers? vs. 7 and 8 are gold! “But I, through the abundance of your steadfast love, will enter your house…Lead me, O LORD, in your righteousness…” David knew! It was not his own doings nor his own righteousness but his answered prayers were dependent on God’s steadfast love and righteousness. This love, what is it? It was love that sent Christ to the cross and rose him up from the grave. Thus, his righteousness was put on us that God would choose to see Christ’s righteousness when he saw us. I keep repeating this, I know. But this is everything! P andrew always quotes Keller by saying “The gospel is not the A, B, C’s of Christianity, it is the A - Z.” Lastly, two things seem to happen towards the end. David brings to light the depravity of the fallen around him. How true these words are of us! We were in the depths of this sin when Christ came for us. David, knowing that our salvation was wholey dependent on God says in vs. 11, “but let all who take refuge in you rejoice.” This fills me with such hope! Now, those who believe in Christ have an alien righteousness right? Vs. 12 is filled with such hope then! He blesses the righteous! Those whom he COVERED! This is encouraging news indeed.
Thank you Lord for your abundant steadfast love and your righteousness. Lord we often forget who we are and why we are here. Remind us that we are your children, princes and princesses to the King. You hear our words, groans and cries because your righteousness covers us and we will rejoice Lord. Even though our hearts were so completely wretched and covered in evil, Lord you came down as man for love of us. Lead us today in your righteousness. Make your way straight before us.
O Lord, hear me as I pray; pay attention to my groaning. Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God, for I pray to no one but You. Listen to my voice in the morning, Lord. Each morning I bring my requests to You and wait expectantly.
Because of Your unfailing love, I can enter Your house; I will worship at Your Temple with deepest awe. Lead me in the right path, O Lord, or my enemies will conquer me. Make Your way plain for me to follow.
But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy, and spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may exult in you. For you bless the righteous, O Lord; you cover him with favor as with a shield.
Bless the LORD, O my soul;
And all that is within me, bless His holy name!
Bless the LORD, O my soul,
And forget not all His benefits:
Who forgives all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases,
Who redeems your life from destruction,
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,
Who satisfies your mouth with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
O LORD, hear me as I pray; pay attention to my groaning.
-(NLT) (Psalm 5:1)
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First Sunday After Epiphany: Tuesday: Morning Prayer: Psalm 5
PONDER my words, O LORD, * consider my meditation.
2 O hearken thou unto the voice of my calling, my King and my God: * for unto thee will I make my prayer.
3 My voice shalt thou hear betimes, O LORD; * early in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.
4 For thou art the God that hast no pleasure in wickedness; * neither shall any evil dwell with thee.
5 Such as be foolish shall not stand in thy sight; * for thou hatest all them that work iniquity.
6 Thou shalt destroy them that speak lies:* the LORD will abhor both the blood-thirsty and deceitful man.
7 But as for me, in the multitude of thy mercy I will come into thine house; * and in thy fear will I worship toward thy holy temple.
8 Lead me, O LORD, in thy righteousness, because of mine enemies; * make thy way plain before my face. 9 For there is no faithfulness in their mouth; * their inward parts are very wickedness.
10 Their throat is an open sepulchre; * they flatter with their tongue. 11 Destroy thou them, O God; let them perish through their own imaginations; * cast them out in the multitude of their ungodliness; for they have rebelled against thee. 12 And let all them that put their trust in thee rejoice: * they shall ever be giving of thanks, because thou defendest them; they that love thy Name shall be joyful in thee;
13 For thou, LORD, wilt give thy blessing unto the righteous, * and with thy favourable kindness wilt thou defend him as with a shield.