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FRAMEWORKS: Psalm 5: A Morning Prayer Cry


For the director of music. For pipes. A psalm of David.


[Preliminary Comment: In contrast to Psalm 4 this is a morning prayer [v.3] and basically is a simple comparison between the righteous (David) and the unrighteous or ungodly. We will leave the assessment of the flow of the reasoning until the end.]



v.1,2 David's cry to the Lord


v.1  Listen to my words, Lord,
    consider my lament.
v.2  Hear my cry for help,
    my King and my God,
    for to you I pray.


v.3,4 David's Expectancy


v.3  In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice;
    in the morning I lay my requests before you
    and wait expectantly.
v.4  For you are not a God who is pleased with wickedness;
    with you, evil people are not welcome.

v.5,6 Those the Lord will not listen to (implied)


v.5  The arrogant cannot stand
    in your presence.
You hate all who do wrong;
v.6   you destroy those who tell lies.
The bloodthirsty and deceitful
    you, Lord, detest.

v.7,8 Contrast: David's confidence


v.7  But I, by your great love,
    can come into your house;
in reverence I bow down
    toward your holy temple.

v.8  Lead me, Lord, in your righteousness
    because of my enemies—
    make your way straight before me.

v.9,10 The unrighteous and their destiny


v.9  Not a word from their mouth can be trusted;
    their heart is filled with malice.
Their throat is an open grave;
    with their tongues they tell lies.
v.10  Declare them guilty, O God!
    Let their intrigues be their downfall.
Banish them for their many sins,
    for they have rebelled against you.

v.11,12 The righteous who know security in the Lord


v.11  But let all who take refuge in you be glad;
    let them ever sing for joy.
Spread your protection over them,
    that those who love your name may rejoice in you.

v.12  Surely, Lord, you bless the righteous;
    you surround them with your favor as with a shield.



[Additional Thoughts: This is

- first and foremost a cry from David to the Lord for help [v.1,2]

- an expression of David's confidence as he waits in expectancy [v.3] before the Lord

- a revelation about the wicked [v.4-6] who will not be heard by God [implied] who are David's enemies [v.8]

- a contrast of David who has confidence in the Lord's presence [v.7]

- a further revelation of the wicked who are revealed by their wrong speech [v.9] and their rebellion against God [v.10]

- a further contrast of the righteous who know security [v.11] and blessing [v.12] in the Lord.


Very simply, David contrasts himself with his unrighteous enemies. He has a security in the Lord and thus knows the Lord will hear him when he cries out to the Lord.]



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