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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

  • A disciple
    Bill; This is one of my favorite stories in the Bible. The Pharisee really had a lot to be thankful for, but not for the things that he supposed made him "better than" his neighbor the Publican. Had he rightly understood the meaning of his religion he wouldn't have had the "holier than thou" attitude to judge and despise his brother's trouble. Walking in truth cannot forget its own need of grace.
  • Mild Bill
    The Pharisee stood,prayed thus,God, I thank thee,that I am not as other men are,extortioners,unjust,adulterers,or even as this publican.I fast twice in the week,I give tithes of all that I possess.And the publican,standing afar off,would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven,but smote upon his breast, saying,God be merciful to me a sinner.Saved by mercy and grace of God.Romans5:8 while yet
  • Opus Monica
    God is a God of love, mercy restoration and above all he is jealousy God and wont allow his people soaked in wickedness, he is our creator patient at all times waiting for us to come to repentance. Unto those who persistently dwell in wicked manner, he will destroy them.
  • Steve morrow
    PROVERBS 21:21 HE THAT FOLLOWETH AFTER RIGHTEOUSNESS AND MERCY FINDETH LIFE RIGHTEOUSNESS AND HONOR ***** MATTHEW 6:33 BUT SEEK YOU FIRST THE KINGDOM OF GOD AND HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS AND ALL THESE THINGS SHALL BE ADDED UNTO YOU *****
  • Steve morrow
    LUKE 21:34 AND TAKE HEED TO YOURSELVES LEST AT ANY TIME YOUR HEARTS BE OVERCHARGED WITH SURFEITING AND DRUNKENNESS AND CARES OF THIS LIFE AND SO THAT DAY COME UPON YOU UNAWARES --21:36-- WATCH YOU THEREFORE AND --- PRAY ALWAYS --- THAT YOU MAY BE ACCOUNTED WORTHY --- TO ESCAPE ALL THESE THINGS THAT SHALL COME TO PASS AND TO STAND BEFORE THE SON OF MAN
  • Steve morrow
    ROMANS 10:3 FOR THEY BEING IGNORANT OF GODS RIGHTEOUSNESS AND GOING ABOUT TO ESTABLISH --- THEIR OWN RIGHTEOUSNESS --- HAVE NOT SUBMITTED THEMSELVES UNTO THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD *** PROVERBS 8:8 ALL THE WORDS OF --- MY MOUTH --- ARE IN RIGHTEOUSNESS THERE IS NOTHING FROWARD OR PERVERSE IN THEM *** ROMANS 6:18 BEING THEN MADE FREE FROM SIN YOU BECAME THE SERVANTS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS ***
  • Mild Bill
    God commendeth his love toward us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us.Romans5:8There is none righteous no not one Romans3:10Not by works of righteousness which we have done but according to his mercy he saved us Titus3:5Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy and whom he will he hardeneth. Nobody is ever worthy God is merciful gracious Sovereign in salvation of sinners
  • Steppenwolf
    Why worry if God loves you if you love God. Yes, worry if you hate righteousness, hate God's severity for you will be cut off like a branch that yields no fruit and cast into the fire. All of God's ways are righteous. He created you're Soul. It is His. He can and will destroy the phoney, pretenders who presumptuously claim Salvation. Don't you dare. It is God's to give only if you are worthy

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