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1 (To the chief Musician upon Nehiloth, A Psalm of David.) Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my meditation.

2 Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for unto thee will I pray.

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

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

5 The foolish shall not stand in thy sight: thou hatest all workers of iniquity.

6 Thou shalt destroy them that speak leasing: the LORD will abhor the bloody and deceitful man.

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.

8 Lead me, O LORD, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies; make thy way straight before my face.

9 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.

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.

Commentary for Psalms 5

God will certainly hear prayer: David gives to God the glory, and takes to himself the comfort. (1-6) He prayed for himself, that God would guide him, and for all the Lord's people, that God would give them joy, and keep them safe. (7-12)

1-6 God is a prayer-hearing God. Such he has always been, and he is still as ready to hear prayer as ever. The most encouraging principle of prayer, and the most powerful plea in prayer, is, to look upon him as our King and our God. David also prays to a sin-hating God. sin is folly, and sinners are the greatest of all fools; fools of their own making. Wicked people hate God; justly are they hated of him, and this will be their endless misery and ruin. Let us learn the importance of truth and sincerity, in all the affairs of life. Liars and murderers resemble the devil, and are his children, therefore it may well be expected that God should abhor them. These were the characters of David's enemies; and such as these are still the enemies of Christ and his people.

7-12 David prayed often alone, yet was very constant in attendance on public worship. The mercy of God should ever be the foundation both of our hope and of our joy, in every thing wherein we have to do with him. Let us learn to pray, not for ourselves only, but for others; grace be with all that love Christ in sincerity. The Divine blessing comes down upon us through Jesus Christ, the righteous or just One, as of old it did upon Israel through David, whom God protected, and placed upon the throne. Thou, O Christ, art the righteous Saviour, thou art the King of Israel, thou art the Fountain of blessing to all believers; thy favour is the defence and protection of thy church.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Psalms 5

  • Mrs. Battles
    love and respect David, he know the importance of praise
  • Gloria
    I ALWAYS ask God to bring me back when I I stray and to lead me in righteousness. Psalms 27 he's the strength of my salvation and in Isaiah 41 he supports me with his right hand. I really love my God and Jesus Christ my Savior.
  • Angella
    I admire David because he was very sincere in prayer and he caught the vision of how important it is to pray early in the morning...the Lord asked Job gave you command the morning...when a person prays early in the morning they will see change...start adopting this principle and you will testify...blessings
  • Danica Saless

    I was 18 y/o when i become a believers of God.
    Philippians 4:13, this is always apply to my life.
    It became my favourite verse. It made my life contented. God will never leave us in Jesus name. Amen.
  • Oluwatoyin Ayandipo
    I use this psalm as a morning prayer regularly then I proceed to ask for God`s mercy in psalm 6
  • GeraldineCole
    Part 2 but he will never win over a child of Jesue because if we belong to Jesus we have his Holy Spirit .the sign of having The Holy Holy spirit is U will speak in a spiritual language to Jesus when u pray thats how u no .the word of Jesus tells us if we don't have his spirit we don't belong to him. then u must pray for The Holy Spirit he will come with in u and live he will lead u to truth Am

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Bible Trivia

According to Psalm 5, God takes no pleasure in what?
  • Laziness
  • Wickedness
  • Inconsistency
  • Fear