Psalms chapter 5
Psalms chapter 5 says, “To the chief Musician upon Nehiloth, A psalm of David. Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my meditation. Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for unto thee will I pray. My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up. For thou art not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness: neither shall evil dwell with thee. The foolish shall not stand in thy sight: thou hatest all workers of iniquity. Thou shalt destroy them that speak leasing: the LORD will abhor the bloody and deceitful man. 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. Lead me, O LORD, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies; make thy way straight before my face. For there is no faithfulness in their mouth; their inward part is very wickedness; their throat is an open sepulcher; they flatter with their tongue. Destroy thou them, O God; let them fall by their own counsels; cast them out in the multitude of their transgressions; for they have rebelled against thee. But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee. For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass them about as with a shield.”
In Psalm chapter 5 King David begins by asking God to consider his meditation. The gist of Psalms chapter 5 is that king David is saying he understands that God hates evil and that God loves those who desire to do what is right and to trust in God. What do you meditate upon? Some people spend their time thinking about how they can get rich or how they can get even to those that they desire revenge on. Some people spend their time thinking about how they can influence others in a bad way. Someone people simply spend their time thinking about the normal cares of life from health to food to shelter to family without ever seeking God’s involvement. It’s obvious, based on this Psalm, that King David’s primary concern, his chief meditation, was whether or not he would do what is right. What do you meditate upon? Hopefully, your primary meditation is something similar. God does consider, God does know what people think about.
Psalm 5:2 says, “Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for unto thee will I pray.” To Whom do you pray? Prayer is simply talking but it also carries with it the idea of submission and reliance upon. That is why salvation through faith in Christ is always a prayer, “Jesus save me from my sins!” To whom do you pray, who do you talk to? Some people talk to themselves, some people talk to idols of stone and wood, some people talk to everyone in the world except the most important person, their King and their God.
It’s important to notice that David said, “King and God.” Both are connected. A king is a person with absolute authority and God is a person with infinite everything. Like it or not there is only one God and He is also your King, Jesus Christ. Philippians 2:10-11 says, “That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” To whom do you pray? Hopefully, Jesus. Psalms 5:3 says, “My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.” How do you begin your mornings? With a cup of coffee? With a drink of alcohol? Perhaps you begin your morning by reading the newspaper or by turning on the radio. What is the very first thing you do when you arise in the morning? King David began his morning by praying to Jesus.
Have you ever wondered what Jesus must have often done in His life on this earth when he first arose each morning? Mark 1:35, “And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.” Psalms 5:4-5 says, “For thou art not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness: neither shall evil dwell with thee. The foolish shall not stand in thy sight: thou hatest all the workers of iniquity.” An important reason to begin your day in prayer to Jesus and with the motivation of trying to do what is right is because God hates those that do evil. Have you ever been hated by someone? Imagine being hated by the all powerful eternal God. It may seem contradictory that the Bible says God is love, and yet here it says God hates the workers of iniquity. Stick your head in a fiery furnace and you will know what it feels like to be hated by good. It’s not good. Fortunately we can be spared the Holy hatred of God because of Jesus. First Thessalonians 1:10 says, “And to wait for His Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.” Thank God that this life and its opportunities are based on the grace of God and the mercy of God through Christ because God hates the workers of iniquity. We are all workers of iniquity without Jesus. So begin your morning with prayer and with the motivation of trying to do what is right.
One very important word to notice in verse 4 is the word pleasure. “For thou art not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness.” Pleasure itself is not a bad thing, God created pleasure. God Himself has pleasures in things. The world emphasizes pleasure in the wrong things and in a distorted way. There is pleasure. There are rivers of pleasure to be found in God. Do not reject Jesus because of the things you will have to sacrifice or because of the pleasure that you will have to give up or that God may take from you anyway. Remember God is not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness, but as Revelation 4:11 says, “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things and for thy pleasure they are and were created.” This world is filled with pleasures. But there is much more pleasure with God and it is eternal. Consider these verses, Second Thessalonians 1:11, “Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power:” Philippians 2:13, “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” Second Corinthians 12:10, “Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.”
Psalms 5:6 says, “Thou shalt destroy them that speak leasing: the LORD will abhor the bloody and deceitful man.” There are 3 words here to describe the characteristics of wicked people of the which God says he will destroy and abhor: Leasing, bloody, and deceitful. Leasing carries with it the idea of monetary gain. The word itself means dishonest or lies. Most people that lie are doing so thinking they will gain out of it somehow. Sometimes people lie to hide their sins and sometimes people lie to attempt to gain dishonestly from others materially, to get what they want. Of course any lie is going to hurt someone somewhere and cause damage to some life somewhere. A lie is opposite of the truth and there is nothing more important than the truth. There are those who seek after leasing to the point even of causing great destruction in the lives of others. God says He is going to destroy such people. Think of all the people in the world who have plotted and schemed against coworkers or employees or neighbors or family concerning inheritances. Too bad they didn’t wake up in the morning and call upon the name of Jesus.
The next words are used in association with each other: bloody and deceitful. Bloody is a work used in connection with the killing and the shedding of blood. There certainly is a lot of murder that goes in the world. If we counted up from the beginning of human history to the end of time all those who are murdered it will number in the millions perhaps even billions. Of course the word “deceitful” is also connected with the word “bloody” because it basically is the same thing but in a more indirect and subtle type of way. People who deceive, who mislead who plot and trap others, in a way murder those peoples’ lives and cause them ruin or loss of opportunity. To lead someone astray from the truth is akin to murder because of the obvious negative results that come when you turn away from righteousness to sinful things.
Second Peter 2:1-2
says, “But there were false prophets also among the
people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the
Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many
shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom
the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.” Many shall follow their
pernicious ways, by reason of whom the way of truth
shall be evil spoken of. To be deceitful is to be bloody. Those who are of
course the most guilty are those who consciously and
willfully, as wolves in sheep’s clothing, seek to misguide people from the way
of the truth which is following Jesus and His teachings. An excellent example
of this is
There is one thing that will keep a person who seeks after Jesus in a relationship with Him no matter how much they fail and no matter how much the evil of the world assails them, and that is the multitude of God’s forgiveness and mercy. The more you come to know, understand, and appreciate the mercy of God, the more you will want to be in the presence of God. It’s important to understand how much God’s mercy is involved in our lives. Titus 3:5-6 says, “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;” Usually Christians understand how much God’s mercy is involved in salvation but don’t stop there. God’s mercy is just as multitudinous, just as abundantly shed, and just as needed in every other detail of life. We need God’s mercy if we are to have any hope of waking up in the morning and seeking after Him.
King David said he would fear in the multitude of God’s mercy. Mercy and fear don’t sound like words that go together, do they? But everyone fears something. You will either fear God or other things and other people. To fear God means to have respect and reverence, and more importantly it means to not be stiff necked against His will. It means you do not ignore the fact that God judges sin. The more we see the multitude of God’s mercies, the more we will fear Him. This is a healthy kind of fear.
King David also prayed that God would lead him in God’s righteousness because of his enemies. We need God to guide us and one reason that we do is because we have enemies. Your biggest enemy is the devil. First Peter 5:8 says, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:” The more you serve God the more the forces of evil will come after you, because one of the greatest interests of the devil is to stop the spread of the truth. If you are one of the few in this world who is a part of the spreading of the Word of God and the Gospel of Christ it may indeed be the devil himself that attacks you. Of course another enemy is yourself. Because you have your own self will and sinful nature. Romans 7:23 says, “But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.”
And there is still a third enemy and that is other people who are opposed to Jesus. Because of these 3 enemies you need God to guide you. This is why King David prayed, “Make thy way straight before my face.” A path that is straight is easier to follow than one that curves and winds. A path that is straight is easier to keep on and not stray from. Only God can make your path such and all it takes is to pray to Him and He will show you the way. He will teach you the right decisions to make day by day and most importantly He will give you the multitude of mercies that you will need. It is no wonder that King David said he would worship in fear.
Psalms 5:9-10 says, “For there is no faithfulness in their mouths; their inward part is very wickedness; their throat is an open sepulcher; they flatter with their tongue. Destroy thou them O God; let them fall by their own councils; cast them out in the multitude of their transgressions; for they have rebelled against thee.” David prayed for God to guide him in righteousness from his enemies. Regarding these enemies, these verses describe what such people are like. They are people that have rebelled against God. God is the one with the power and the supreme authority. Revelation 4:11 says, “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.” Creation and man are for God’s pleasure, not the other way around.
Another characteristic to notice about these verses is that they flatter with their tongue. It is important what you say. The evil people of the world will in their speech sound nice and fair but inwardly they are raving wolves. Beware of your enemies. They will seek to flatter you, to lull you, to entice you, to lure you away from the straight path which God would have you follow. Do not fear. God will destroy them. He is going to let them find destruction in the consequences which are a result of their own council. To rebel against God can only result in failure and destruction, because mercy is found only in multitude and abundance with Christ. Make sure you pray as King David did in Psalms 5:8a, “Lead me, O Lord, in thy righteousness, because of mine enemies.”
Psalms 5:11-12 says, “But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee. For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield.” God defends those that trust in him. Maybe you don’t have a lawyer and maybe you don’t have an army of soldiers; that’s ok. God defends those that trust in Him. Romans 8:31 says, “If God be for us who can be against us?”
One way you can tell a person’s attitude towards someone is how they speak about that person. It is easy to tell who loves the name of God. A name is something that surmises a person’s character. It represents who they are in a word. No wonder we can love the name of God. Often when we think of a person’s name we immediately think of the best or worst qualities of that person. God has no bad qualities. God is Holy. How marvelous is his name. Just to think about His name and to love his name has a marvelous effect on people, a powerful effect. Philippians 2:9-11 says, “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” His name is above every name, it is the name Jesus. Psalms says, those that love His name will find joy.
The last verse in Psalms 5 says, “For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield.” The concept of a shield is used a lot in the Bible. God first used it when he said to Abraham in Genesis 15:1, “After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.” What does it mean to have favor as a shield? An excellent example of this would be the life of Joseph. Acts 7:9-10 says, “And the patriarchs, moved with envy, sold Joseph into Egypt: but God was with him, And delivered him out of all his afflictions, and gave him favour and wisdom in the sight of Pharaoh king of Egypt; and he made him governor over Egypt and all his house.” Remember the righteous are those that have trusted in Jesus and rely upon Him for righteousness. Such people God will compass about with favor as with a shield. Some people believe in luck, good luck and back luck, but the truth is there is the favor of God that is better than being lucky. The favor of God is a shield and a sure thing for the righteous. Favor falls on anything that the righteous do. That is why those who trust in God are always successful. But remember success is not measured by the world’s standards. Some people fear failure. Some people fear opposition. The righteous find favor as a shield. Of course, the greatest favor you can have is favor at the final judgment. And this comes only through the blood of Jesus Christ.
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