Sunday, March 6, 2011

Psalm 5

This one took a little longer than usual, but I finally have it! And just to let you know, the next post will not be a Psalm, but rather a recap of the last five!


1 Give ear to my words, O Lord,
     consider my sighing.
2 Listen to my cry for help
     my King and my God,
     for to you I pray.
3 In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice;
     in the morning I lay my requests before you
     and wait in expectation.

Call out to the Lord, for He will answer you. This part of the verse is simply David calling out to God, asking Him ti hear his prayers. He prays, then he patiently waits for a reply, just as we must often do. Many time we pray, then want an answer immediately; however, God does not always work that way. Sometimes it can happen in seconds, but many other times it can take weeks, months, or even years.

4 You are not a God who takes pleasure in evil;
     with you the wicked cannot dwell.
5 The arrogant cannot stand in your presence;
     you hate all who do wrong.
6 You destroy those who tell lies;
     bloodthirsty and deceitful men
     the Lord abhors.

God hates evil. He created the good in life, and out sins twist that to make it something horrible that God cannot even look upon. Luckily for us, God sent Jesus, His only son, to dies on the cross for our sins, so that He may look past our evils and sins to cast His gaze upon us - even when we do not deserve even that.

7 But I, by Your great mercy,
     will come into Your house;
   in reverence will I bow down
     toward Your holy temple.
8 Lead me, O Lord, in Your righteousness
     because of my enemies -
     make straight Your way before me.

Only by His mercy can we experience the opportunity to enter His house and pray, letting our hearts flow out to Him. We need the Lord; without Him we would easily be overrun and dragged under.

9 Not a word from their mouth can be trusted;
     their heart is filled with destruction.
10 Declare them guilty, O God!
     Let their intrigues be their downfall.
   Banish them for their many sins,
     for they have rebelled against you

When you turn away from the Lord, everything falls apart. As the verse says, your heart will become filled with destruction, and love no longer resides within you. God declares those guilty, as they have chosen to turn away, even when He calls for them.

11 But let all who take refuge in You be glad;
     let them ever sing for joy.
   Spread Your protection over them,
     that those who love Your name may rejoice in You
12 For surely, O Lord, You bless the righteous;
     you surround them with Your favor as with a shield.

God protects and love His followers. In His name alone, we find true joy and happiness. The Lord blesses the righteous and protects them from all things. With the Lord, no harm can even come upon your path, or at least nothing will come that you cannot overcome with His help.

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