Words in italic type have been added for clarity. They are not found in the original Hebrew or Aramaic.
What should I learn from this chapter?
- The attributes of a Holy God
- Contrasted with the attributes of the wicked and boastful.
- Morning Prayers
A Prayer for Guidance
To the Chief Musician. With flutes (Heb. Nehiloth). A Psalm of David.
Psalm 5:1 Give ear to my words, O Lord,
Consider my meditation. (Lit. groaning)
Psalm 5:2 Give heed to the voice of my cry,
My King and my God,
For to You I will pray.
Psalm 5:3 My voice You shall hear in the morning, O Lord;
In the morning I will direct it to You,
And I will look up.
- ‘In the morning” the Son also rises. The darkness dims and the stars fade away. The moon also gives obeisance. The heavens recognize their Creator as they express deep respect and deferential courtesy.
Psalm 5:4 For You are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness,
Nor shall evil dwell (Lit. sojourn) with You.
- The purpose of darkness is to hide something. Darkness covers that which does not wish to be seen.
- Darkness hides the sins of men
- Darkness also hides the unseen treasures of God, those things which He reveals to the righteous.
Psalm 5:5 The boastful shall not stand in Your sight;
You hate all workers of iniquity.
- The boastful are balloons enlarged with empty air floating and rolling haphazardly, full of promises yet empty of substance.
- Dignity is using your God given gifts. Pride is trying to be more than God made you to be. The gap between dignity and pride is nothing more than the gasconade of escaping wind.
Psalm 5:6 You shall destroy those who speak falsehood;
The Lord abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful man.
- Note: also an allusion to the coming Antichrist, the bloodthirsty and deceitful man.
Psalm 5:7 But as for me, I will come into Your house in the multitude of Your mercy;
In fear of You I will worship toward Your holy temple (Lit. the temple of Your holiness).
Psalm 5:8 Lead me, O Lord, in Your righteousness because of my enemies;
Make Your way straight before my face.
Psalm 5:9 For there is no faithfulness (uprightness) in their mouth;
Their inward part is destruction;
Their throat is an open tomb;
They flatter with their tongue.
- An Open Tomb: Scribes and Pharisees
- Matthew 23:27 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness.
- The only clean open tomb was the tomb that held Jesus.
- Flattery: Betrayers including Judas and The Antichrist
- The Antichrist – Dan 11:21 And in his place shall arise a vile person, to whom they will not give the honor of royalty; but he shall come in peaceably, and seize the kingdom by intrigue (flattery)
- Judas – Psalm 55:21 The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in his heart; His words were softer than oil, Yet they were drawn swords.
- An Open Tomb: Scribes and Pharisees
Psalm 5:10 Pronounce them guilty, O God!
Let them fall by their own counsels;
Cast them out in the multitude of their transgressions,
For they have rebelled against You.
- They fall like stars that have left their first abode traveling across the arc of the universe burning with lust, lost and alone until the day of judgment when they will be utterly consumed.
Psalm 5:11 But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You;
Let them ever shout for joy, because You defend (protect, lit. cover) them;
Let those also who love Your name
Be joyful in You.
- To love His Name is to love what His Name stands for: His character, motivations, and His agenda.
Psalm 5:12 For You, O Lord, will bless the righteous;
With favor You will surround him as with a shield.
- Shield: Root meaning: H6791 A protecting cactus hedge of thorns.
- To surround the righteous man with a hedge of thorns is picturesque of Jesus’ crown of thorns. The righteous are protected by Jesus’ hedge or crown of thorns which took His precious life to the cross.
- Satan accused God of putting a hedge around Job which was the only reason Job worshiped Him. Remove the hedge, said Satan, and Job will curse You, God.
- Satan fought with God to remove the hedge from the righteous Job.
- If Job had cursed God, perhaps Satan would have prevailed as the prosecutor, prohibiting God from protecting the righteous. But God already knew the outcome of Job’s righteousness.
See: Crown of Thorns