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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

  • Vera Ship
    God is our protector. He is ever present. The doors that were shut to you will open because of God's favor. Favor comes on two feet. No hurt or harm will come nigh your dwelling because of God's grace and mercy.
  • La inf
    He will shelter his followers with guidance through safe passages because we are following his guidance and is leading us to his might presents which his heaven. Thank you Lord. We are not our own.
  • BSP
    Only those who are righteous from God's standpoint can truly have his blessing.
  • A disciple
    "Lead me, O LORD, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies; make thy way straight before my face." Like the Apostle wrote "Everyone that has this hope in him purifies himself even as He is pure;" whether its the innumerable voices of strangers that mislead into darkness and error away from faith, or our lusts; we have to set our eyes on Jesus above all these evils that surround us in and out.
  • A disciple
    "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 (falsehood): the LORD will abhor the bloody and deceitful man." Therefore we make account and set in order all our ways every morning before God that we be of the Truth from the heart.
  • A disciple
    Dear Mild Bill; You write right from my heart! And I love especially what is taught in this Psalm about coming before the LORD in the morning to "set in order" and "give account" before Him, BECAUSE He is not a God who will abide wickedness, nor allow anything unclean into His Presence. So we examine ourselves through His Word, and be all honest about our character, our behavior, and our thoughts.
  • Mild Bill,saved by grace
    After sleep,we should make a habit of going to the Lord who has sustained us while in that state.To pray for a path in the day to follow,in his service,unto his glory.Because of his mercy and grace,we are in his house,in the company of other believers.Sin and wickedness are near us in this world and we know judgement with justice will come.Joy to fullness then in Thy kingdom come,Thy will be done.
  • Helen
    I like this scripture it gives you reassurance knowing that God will bless you and surround you with his shield of protection in face of the adversary.

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