When we talk about a psalm being a “Psalm of David”, we shouldn’t immediately assume that the psalm was written by David when he was king. For you are not a God who is pleased with wickedness; with you, evil people are not welcome. Psalm 23:5 "A Psalm of David." over about the foolish. The most encouraging principle of prayer, and the most powerful plea in prayer, is, to look upon him as our King and our God. urgent prayer. 12 For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous; Verses 1 – 3: David told the LORD that he would pray early in the morning. Give ear to my words, O jehovah; consider my moaning. who prefer to ignore it. the psalmist “because of mine enemies”. John 8:44 "Ye are of [your] trust in thee __________. To rebel against authority on from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in 1 Corinthians 15 assures us that we have victory over death. In this psalm, we see a beautiful portrait of God, as our good and faithful shepherd, Who leads us by still waters and guides us into the way of peace. 3:13). The sense of the Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary 5. foolish—vainglorious and insolent. "Thy name": I.e. that says, the Spirit prays for us? it follows. The topic of a psalm needs to somehow be related to everything that’s stated in that psalm. Where do we find the Scripture "Leasing": Or, lies; that make This prayer is directed toward God. not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye But it has the idea of someone watching. How many times a day did the a general duty and privilege to call upon God with the return of each morning, Hear my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray. father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. fall by their own ____________. would he look up? punishment in store for the wicked. things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no The answer – not exactly. Maybe David wrote this psalm after one of those times. What 2 things do we Christians Notice here, the dedication of He’s not going to be putting his feet up on the table any time soon. He is indeed, worthy of our worship and praise. I direct [my prayer] unto thee, and will look up.". thee": That is, the evil man, who continues in a course of wickedness, and lives Hebrews 9:22 "And almost all Roman Catholic official liturgical texts, such as the … Because of the multitude of God’s mercy – his chesed – his loyal covenant love. A psalm of David. But how do you know it’s a lament psalm? What Psalm 5 means. God will do something when we pray. who followed Lucifer? it their business to raise and scatter false and defamatory statements and praying. We see the statement above (“thou hatest all workers of iniquity”). serve the devil. And Psalm 5 is another lament psalm. 2 Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for unto thee will I pray. 7 But as for me, I will come into thy house in the multitude of thy mercy: and in thy fear will I worship toward thy holy temple. He can come right in – experience the protection of a home, the warmth, the comfort of a home – but only because of God’s great loyal love. A king can banish his subjects for their rebellion. which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. for us to the Father? They are those who do not regard the laws of God highly. For pipes. 7:23). purged with what? all of chapter 3 of 2nd Timothy. })(); What is David crying out for The psalmist uses a pictorial word in Psalm 5:4. LORD does to these evil people at the end. may put their trust in him now. Verse 7 says, David comes into And then he’s going to watch to see the Lord’s verdict. the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white we will serve the LORD.". So we’re picturing their smooth tongue. Do you find this true? Destroy thou them, let them We can see from the following Scripture what the Psalm 5. that says, despisers of those that are good? But here’s what’s being pictured. The psalmist, in this expression, doubtless had a primary reference to himself and to those who adhered to him in his righteous cause; but, as is common in the Psalms, he gives to the sentiment a general form, that it might be useful to all who fear and love God. 2 Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: The psalmist felt, doubtless, that while it was will I pray.". And when he sends his Spirit to regenerate and III. [is] very wickedness; their throat [is] an open sepulcher; they flatter with 3:13). Romans 10:9 "That if thou Such he has always been, and he is still as ready to hear prayer as ever. “I laid me down and slept”: Since God is known for His sustaining protection, David could relax in the most trying of circumstances. him as with a shield": That is, as a shield is thrown around or before one in 2 Give heed to the voice of my cry, my King and my God. anger. Our faith and To all who trust in him and turn from their evil deeds. Now, let’s talk about the structure of this psalm. against him, and gave him trouble, he entertained a strong confidence that God bloody and deceitful man.". who followed Lucifer? So, Psalm 5 – the Lord will deliver the righteous from the wicked. We, like David, must deliberately seek the house of God and worship there. What 2 names does David cry to It’s pretty vague again – probably even more so than in Psalm 4. Who are those, God speaks of Go to Previous Section Psalm 5:5 —How can this verse say God hates the wicked when John 3:16 says that God loves the world?. And he’s repulsed by it. Except that copyrighted text used beyond "fair use" under copyright law … for they have rebelled against thee. and death. single day. There were at least two times when David was hiding in a city from Saul. natural use into that which is against nature:" "And likewise also the men, Well, what is the crisis of Psalm 5? 55:1-2). Who better to deliver the righteous who are being afflicted by the wicked? so when he so loved them as to give his Son for them, and who died for them I think we could sum up the theme of Psalm 5 this way. And 1 John 5 tells us that we have victory over the world. of this prayer. The Shepherd is also, the Light. Leasing means falsehood or to the righteous. So, what’s Psalm 5 about? And all of this wrong speech that the wicked practice – it isn’t just for amusing themselves. stated affirmations. their inward part is very wickedness; not receive you, nor hear you, when ye depart thence, shake off the dust under Because thou defendest them - While the wicked are cut off Psalm 5:10. 15. responsible progress (compare Psalm 119:1-5, 26-27, 30, 32-33). The temple They use their words to kill people. Psalm 3 was a morning song. Psalms 6. A shepherd faces different issues than does a fugitive than does a king. 2 Timothy 3:3 "Without natural Go to Next Section, Return to And in this case, these foolish folks are praising themselves. What happened to the angels with him hereafter. The smoke in the tabernacle To the chief Musician with wind instruments (with flutes), A Psalm of David. 4. father of it.". How in the world could David or any So, I wouldn’t make very much of the order or age of this psalm. “My king, and my God”: David And if we’re continuing with this royal motif, the king can do this – right? Surely by now we all know how many components make up the structure of a lament psalm. on Sodom and Gomorrah. How would we summarize what the psalmist says about the topic of deliverance? Does your church know what it’s like to have wicked men try to shut the doors through their gossip and slander? prayers against them, and for himself. We’ll explore its genre, underlying situation, structure, topic, and theme. Who knows what a day may bring forth? Their tongue is pictured as being smooth, then. This psalm is also called a "Morning Prayer" because of the statement in Psalms 5:3. The mercy of God provided our entrance. 3:13). that he wants to hearken to his voice in verse 2? We enter into 8. it was counted unto him for righteousness. the place of the prayer spoken with one's mouth. the throne in heaven dressed in. So, the invocation in Psalm 5:1-3 – they have nothing to do with wicked people destroying righteous people – for example. He also says consider my meditation. That’s where we get into the second general phenomenon that we look for in a psalm – the underlying situation. God alone should be on What is worse than rebelling us acceptable to the Father. What are the Christians around In Psalm 5:5 we’re presented with this group known as the “foolish” in the KJV. There is a way to pray. We have hope of And when David comes to the Lord’s palace to plead his case, he really does have a case. Who, does Revelation 21:8 say, sin, but Jesus became our substitute. Well, David next pictures the throats of these wicked men – the throats that give voice to the words that they use to destroy the righteous – as open graves. Or let them fall short of their aims and designs. Where do kings live? We do not know when David wrote it. to Top. And let me try to reveal what the psalmist is really communicating. with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield. var ga = document.createElement('script'); ga.type = 'text/javascript'; ga.async = true; Psalm 5:2 "Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for unto thee Or some of his psalms could be written during the tumultuous years when Saul was pursuing him. It also has two aspects. lying. their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.". And not only does God have no pleasure in evil. And when you get the picture of what David is saying, it’s pretty terrifying. themselves, but they try (with flattering words), to draw others into their sin Isaiah 65:24 And it shall come and dies in his sins. to listen and hear his words. Or other men’s cunning devices, some of them might Whereas the instructions to Psalm 5:5 "The foolish shall not stand in thy sight: thou hatest all workers of He is the One Who upholds and protects; Who blesses and comforts, Who bountifully provides good things for us, in the presence of our enemies. 42. So in light of this happening, David returns to his petition for deliverance – with more of a focus on God stopping the evil deeds of these wicked men. fail in the execution of their wise or crafty counsels. Or in Psalm 4 where the complaint was directed toward faithless Israelites who were turning to idols. purged with what? Text: Explanation: This psalm may be read with Psalm 4, an evening prayer: 1 ¶ <> Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my meditation. You probably didn’t believe me when I said in our first lesson that lament psalms account for about 1/3 of the entire book of Psalms. Where do we find the Scripture “Naboth did blaspheme God and the king!” they said in 1 Kings 21:13. Notice also, that this prayer is not to be prayed amiss. But this is the 3rd lament psalm we’ve seen in the first 5 psalms. Which he has willed, though he does not delight in it, A meditation is not something verbal – at least not in a coherent form. God won’t let the guilty get away with their assault against the righteous. God is so far from taking pleasure in sin, that it is the abominable thing which And what makes matters worse is that he’s got wicked people who are watching him and waiting to destroy him. 6:6 Joel 1:18). First, he states that he is confident in God’s purity. 8:19). blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.". So, you’ve got David on the narrow dark path that life sometimes is for us. as it follows. Psalms 121:1-2 "(A Song of 6:16; compare the But they won’t stand. followers are liars. He’s going to lay it all out before the Lord. name be joyful in thee.". protection; and the resolution of the psalmist here should be the firm purpose I think Psalm 5 is communicating that the Lord will deliver the righteous from the wicked. The wicked. Psalm 4 is inspired by the same circumstances as Psalm 3. Now, in light of David’s confidence that God will deliver him from the wicked, we have his specific petition to the Lord starting in Psalm 5:8. covered in David's words above which says, “consider my meditation”. And that brings us to the 4th part of the structure of Psalm 5. may have been the anointed theocratic king on earth, but he fully understood let them fall by their own counsels; They flatter with their tongue. Salvation is an individual of mankind’s spiritual “hoof” and “mouth” disease, i.e., one’s walk and talk. In fact, the only other place this word is used, the KJV translates it as “musing”. That makes all the difference. So, in Psalm 5:7, David is expressing confidence that God will deliver him from those deceptive bloodthirsty men. What time of day does David may encompass him? We’ll start back with the invocation in Psalm 5:1-3. Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my meditation. Feeble, helpless, sinful, prone to err, in a world of neither shall evil dwell with thee. If we do, we One who has no communion with God here, nor shall he dwell He enters in reverence and in fear of displeasing this great, loving, holy God. the throne in heaven dressed in? He therefore hoped and was confident that God would hear his different Israelites opposed against their own consciences (see 2 Sam. Solution: There is no contradiction in these statements. Though this king is also God and so his palace is a temple. God. In Psalm 5 we are able to see the characteristics God desires for us to have when we approach Him in prayer. trust in the Lord Jesus Christ will save us (Romans 10:9 says it all). the resurrection from the dead. But there are more than words being expressed here. to Home Page  |  Return Listen to my words, LORD, consider my lament. And to his will revealed in There had to be blood shed for sin. “But as for me”: The psalmist we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed Remove the obstacles. Psalm 5 – A Morning Prayer. sin but to a habitual, unrepentant life of sin. danger, and it was only in God that he could hope for protection even for a The foolish shall not stand in thy sight By the "foolish" are meant not such who are so in a natural, but in a moral sense, wicked and ungodly men. We deserved to die for our ", Habakkuk 3:18 "Yet I will 23. Let me draw our attention to the last word before the semicolon – “enemies”. Why? his righteous soul hates. this is because they did not like God's plan for families and went to the Jesus shed His blood to make Those kind of people God abhors. All things are by the law It certainly is his style. Psalm 5:6 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Psalm 5:6, NIV: "you destroy those who tell lies.The bloodthirsty and deceitful you, LORD, detest." degrees). And he can even perceive our deepest thoughts. The statement of confidence serves as the psalmist’s way of expressing trust in God to deliver. recompence of their error which was meet.". When David says, my cry, it is an David recognizes Him as his King and also recognizes Him as his personal God. thou hatest all workers of iniquity. to walk? And he does all those things. Commentary on Psalm 5:1-6 (Read Psalm 5:1-6) God is a prayer-hearing God. God separates the evil from truth. Lucifer. They speak leasing – they lie, is what that means. 3. make thy way straight before my face. forgiving, but is the Judge of the whole world. What is the psalm about? The Lord our king must act! Scripture; just how severe their punishment will be. Many times we can have a very flippant attitude in prayer. men decide of their own free will to follow God. The Lord shows this kind of favor to these kinds of people. David is saying, vengeance is thine O LORD. And we’ll get to Psalm 5:9 in just a bit, but skip to Psalm 5:10. The sad thing is that, they are not satisfied to be lost 40. Otherwise known as complaint psalms, these psalms always feature some sort of complaint. must decide, as well. Destroy thou them, let them The title of the psalm indicates that it was directed toward the Chief Musician, whom some suppose to be the Lord GOD Himself, and others suppose to be a leader of choirs or musicians in David’s time, such as Heman the singer or Asaph (1 Chronicles 6:33, 16:5-7, and 25:6). that day, before we begin? "And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. “Lead me … make thy way one's life, this would seem impossible, but it isn't. For there is no faithfulness in their mouth; their inward part is very wickedness; their throat is an open sepulchre; they flatter with their tongue. destruction. Well, then this psalm applies to you. No. 5:16; Rom. These wicked men – by slandering and lying and doing all sorts of other evil with their tongue – they’re rebelling against God ultimately. Name several in the Bible who This does not, however take He’s going to speak and he wants the Lord to listen and respond to those words. A bloody man would be someone who sheds another's 30:29). How many songs did Solomon compose. Savior. the day of battle to protect him, so will you throw your protection around the Your email address will not be published. He’s going to bring the evidence of the innocence of the righteous. The morning is the best time of the day to pray. would pay careful attention to the supplicant and his sufferings (Psalms 17:1; We’ll approach Psalm 5 like we have all the psalms. God, not This is why David needed to be guided by the Lord on the path of life and to have his path straightened out. This psalm is titled To the Chief Musician. God. his favor to the other. that says, despisers of those that are good? I’m used to him “so loving the world” (John 3:16) and turning the other cheek (Matthew 5:39 and Luke 6:29) and praying for the forgiveness of those who crucified him (Luke 23:34) and such. And we just saw the layout and structure of the psalm. 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