Psalms Chapter 5

#MorningPrayer #Psalms #lament  PSALMS 5 A MORNING PRAYER/LAMENT.

Background information: The beginning of Psalms 5 and Psalms 4 are similar.  However, Psalms 4 was an evening prayer but verse 3 of Psalms 5 identifies it as a morning prayer. The other difference between the two psalms is the instrumentation. Psalms 5 has a musical accompaniment of wind instruments rather than stringed instruments (Longman 2014, 90). 

Psalms Chapter 5

(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.

Nehilothonly in the title of Psalms 5 . It is probably derived from a root meaning “to bore,” “perforate,” and hence denotes perforated wind instruments of all kinds. The psalm may be thus regarded as addressed to the conductor of the temple choir which played on flutes and such-like instruments (Eaton, 1897).  Psalms 5 is also “lamenting” for help from YHWH while in a state of distress. “Give ear to my word, O Lord, consider my meditation.”  According to Longman, lament [translated from] ( hāgîg ) is only used  in this verse and also Psalm 39:3; however, in this instance it translates as the word “lament.”  The psalter once again acknowledges the sovereignty of YHWH over his life and the protection afford to His people. Once again the power of prayer and the belief that the prayer will be answered is reiterated in this Psalm. (1 Thessalonians 5:17; Isaiah 65:24; AND James 4:2 support the psalter’s assertion that he does not pray in vain.) “Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for unto thee will I pray.” It is interesting to note that David also acknowledges that God is his king. Unlike the people of Israel who rejected God as their king. 1 Samuel 8:19 (KJV) Nevertheless the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel; and they said, Nay; but we will have a king over us; 

 My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up. 

The psalter asks God to think about his prayer and his pleas “in the morning.” David also declares that he prays to God and God alone. Not like the kings that were in kingdom adjacent to Israel who were praying to Molech, Baal etc., We do not need to pray o any one other that the Godhead. No saints, sinners preacher, teacher, writer, devotionalists, famous evangelists can hear and or answer our prayers. Under the old covenant the people of Israel went to the high priest for him to “Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such a high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens; A minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man. For every high priest is ordained to offer gifts and sacrifices: [human sacrifices and offerings are meaningless. But Jesus is our high priest now. “wherefore it is of necessity that this man [Jesus] have somewhat also to offer. For if he were on earth, he should not be a priest, seeing that there are priests that offer gifts according to the law: [human priests follow rituals because the]. . . serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, (Hebrews 8:1-5). BUT Jesus came and changed all of that “10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: [We don’t need a list of do’s and don’t. We don’t need any human mediator. We have Jesus. The law as are written on our hearts – just like they were written on King David’s heart. He did not need to go to the high priest for him to pray for him. He went directly to the throne of God.

For thou art, not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness: neither shall evil dwell with thee. 

Someone said to me the other day that it is ok for a leader to lie because maybe they have a good reason to lie.  David lied, and killed a man and God punished him for his behavior. God has ZEROpleasure in wickedness” He despises it! His word declares 1 Peter 1:16 (KJV) Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.” This part of the verse makes it clear what God’s stance is when it comes to evil and wickedness. “neither shall evil dwell with thee.” “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.”  Because of Jesus this Hebrews 9:22  (KJV) is fulfilled and makes us acceptable to our Heavenly Father.  And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.” We are under grace. We are no longer under the cloud of wickedness. However, it does not give us and excuse to sin. Romans 6:1-2 (KJV) Paul expounded  What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?” So, no there is never a reason why a born again leader of any community, church, state, or nation should stand up in front of people and publicly sin, and for those us of who are called out ones to accept the behavior as “OK!” Verse 5 makes God’s position on sin quite clear. “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.

the LORD will abhor the bloody and deceitful man.'”A deceitful person is not a person who sins occasionally. No, this is talking about a person who continually, habitually, sins. As a ruler David addressed this issue many times in the Psalms. Psalm 14:4  (KJV)  “Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people as they eat bread, and call not upon the Lord.” It is important for us to understand the disdain that God has for sinful and wicked behavior. 

NAS Exhaustive ConcordanceL defines “abhor” for us .

Word Origin:denominative verb from toebah
Definition to abhor:NASB Translation
abhor (5), abhorred (3), abhorrent (1), abhors (1), acted…abominably (2), committed abominable (2), despise (1), detest (2), detestable (1), made your abominable (1), rejected (1), utterly abhor (1). John 8:44 (KJV) proposes that deceptive, wicked, and sinful person who habitually practice sin are Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.”

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.

David separates himself from the wicked men who revel in wickedness and deceit and demonstrates his allegiance to the “merciful” King of Kings.  Like Joshua 24:15 (KJV) “And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” David falls before the Lord “and in thy fear will [he] worship [s] toward thy holy temple.” Salvation is based on a person individual relationship with the Lord. We can make a judgment call based only on the fruit that they demonstrate. We can either choose to follow our own pursuits or we can truly give up our lives and serves the Lord. When we do that we can plead our cause to God by saying “Lead me, O LORD, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies; make thy way straight before my face.” We must know that   the Lord takes delight in his people; he crowns the humble with victory.” Psalm 149:4NIVThe righteous will always strive to live according to these passages of Scripture: Psalm 119:1-5, 26-27, 30, 32-33.

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. 

An open sepulchre” is an open tomb. Open tombs have rotting bodies in them. This is a serious indictment on the wicked. Romans 3:(KJV) gives an even clearer picture of the state of the wicked. Paul declared”10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: 11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. 12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.13 Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips:14 Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness:15 Their feet are swift to shed blood:16 Destruction and misery are in their ways:17 And the way of peace have they not known:18 There is no fear of God before their eyes.” David once again pleads his cause before God and ask God to “ 10 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.”

11 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. 12 For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield.

However, he asks God to allow His people – His faithful people to “shout for joy.” Why? “because thou defendest them.” When God’s people accepts His hand of protection over them, their lives, their children and all that belongs to them, they know that they are safe. Paul wrote about the same protection of God’s people and what it takes for them to experience this protection and joy. “ Ephesians 6:16 (KJV) “Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.” The shield of faith protects us now as it protected David then. Revelation 7:13-14 NIV describes the people of God who have come through the fire so to speak and what will happen to them. This period of church history will be the bloodiest period ever known to man.  God’s people will be persecuted. Hunted down, beheaded, killed, maligned., etc. But look at the glorious promises that they will experience as fulfilled. “ After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands.10 And they cried out in a loud voice: “Salvation belongs to our God,who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.” 13 Then one of the elders asked me, “These in white robes—who are they, and where did they come from?” 14 I answered, “Sir, you know.” And he said, “These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” “15 Therefore, “they are before the throne of God and serve him day and night in his temple; and he who sits on the throne will shelter them with his presence. 16 ‘Never again will they hunger; never again will they thirst. The sun will not beat down on them,’ nor any scorching heat. For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; he will lead them to springs of living water.’  ‘And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” There is a contemporary worship song that talks about these people.

https://youtu.be/wX9oWOdZccA

“This psalm is a model for God’s people when they are assaulted by evildoers. They too can be confident because of God’s great love. Indeed, as Paul told the church in Rome, ‘. . . in all things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us” (Longman 2014, 72).

 

References

Longman, Tremper, III. 2014. Psalms: An Introduction and Commentary. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press. Accessed August 7, 2018. ProQuest Ebook Central.

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