Psalm 5 is a song written by King David of Israel. The tone of the song is one of anguish. Here we have Did reaching out to God, he’s begging and pleading for him to do something.
Later in Psalm 5, he describes what will happen to the wicked, and because of God’s unfailing love, we can live with him forever.
After we sin many of us hold ourselves back from God. We don’t feel worthy and don’t realize that he still accepts us. It’s almost like the old testament rule where somebody had to live outside the camp for 7 days until they were clean.
The difference is that we don’t clean ourselves, we were doomed from the first time we sinned.
We rebelled against our creator, cutting him out of our lives, and by all rights, he should have destroyed us. Instead of doing that, he sent his only son Jesus to come and pay the price for our crimes.
That is why Jesus is the way, he opened the door, and now he’s standing by it, pointing us all toward him. And God is on the other side, waiting to greet us with open arms.
Psalm 5 is a great way to think about where you’re at, and what is holding you back from getting more of God in your life. What choices do you make that stop you from experiencing the life Jesus talked about in John 10:10?
Psalm 5 is a lament, it’s crying out to God when everything is lost, and knowing he will come to save you.
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Psalm 5: For the choir director: A psalm of David
1 O Lord, hear me as I pray; pay attention to my groaning. 2 Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God, for I pray to no one but you. 3 Listen to my voice in the morning, Lord. Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly.
4 O God, you take no pleasure in wickedness; you cannot tolerate the sins of the wicked. 5 Therefore, the proud may not stand in your presence, for you hate all who do evil. 6 You will destroy those who tell lies. The Lord detests murderers and deceivers.
7 Because of your unfailing love, I can enter your house; I will worship at your Temple with deepest awe. 8 Lead me in the right path, O Lord, or my enemies will conquer me. Make your way plain for me to follow.
9 My enemies cannot speak a truthful word. Their deepest desire is to destroy others. Their talk is foul, like the stench from an open grave. Their tongues are filled with flattery. 10 O God, declare them guilty. Let them be caught in their own traps. Drive them away because of their many sins, for they have rebelled against you.
11 But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them sing joyful praises forever. Spread your protection over them, that all who love your name may be filled with joy. 12 For you bless the godly, O Lord; you surround them with your shield of love.
Psalm 5: What we can Learn From David
Here in Psalm 5, we get a glimpse into the mind/heart of King David. He lived a very turbulent life. He fought in many battles, survived an insurrection perpetrated by his son, and he sinned against God.
How did David become a man after God’s heart?
I think here in Psalm 5 we can answer that. No matter what David did, his one goal was to follow God. His desire was to be in the presence of God worshipping him.
When he strayed from God, he mourned the loss. David was human and he sinned, but he knew what his source was, and he knew who he belonged to.
I think we can all aspire to this thought process.
In Psalm 5 we see that God wants to be with us, and he wants all men to find their way to him. He loves each and every one of us, and he doesn’t want anybody to perish.
Unfortunately, some people will choose the easy path, these are the people that don’t understand their source, and only see this life. They don’t understand that everything good and wonderful comes from God.
By rejecting God, they reject everything their heart is looking for, and they will be lost for eternity.
I love reading Psalm 5 and all the psalms of David. There is pain in each song, and that pain can only be healed by the presence of God.
I hope you liked my latest breakdown of Psalm 5: Let me know in the comments below what you think. Or if you have any input let me know
Sterling grew up in the suburbs of Minneapolis. As a kid he loved skateboarding but mostly did street riding. He injured his ankle badly when he dropped into his first half pipe. His skateboarding slowed down after that, but he still loved the sport. While in his 20's he needed to make a change, so he did some world traveling with a motivational speaking group. Through it all, he visited 46 states and 3 continents and eventually lived in Mississippi. In 2005, Hurricane Katrina tore through the state. He jumped into the fray, helping mobilize support for the evacuees of New Orleans & The Gulf Coast. During the aftermath he helped run a shelter and drove food & medical supplies to affected areas by truck. Currently he lives in Minneapolis, runs his snowboard shop, and shreds Vail Whenever he can.