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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

My King My God


Psalm 5

For the director of music. For pipes. A psalm of David.

1Listen to my words, Lord,
consider my lament.
2Hear my cry for help,
my King and my God,
for to you I pray.
3In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice;
in the morning I lay my requests before you
and wait expectantly.
4For you are not a God who is pleased with wickedness;
with you, evil people are not welcome.

5The arrogant cannot stand
in your presence.
You hate all who do wrong;
6you destroy those who tell lies.
The bloodthirsty and deceitful
you, Lord, detest.

7But I, by Your great love,
can come into Your House;
in reverence I bow down
toward your Holy Temple.
8Lead me, Lord, in your righteousness
because of my enemies—
make your way straight before me.

9Not a word from their mouth can be trusted;
their heart is filled with malice.
Their throat is an open grave;
with their tongues they tell lies.
10Declare them guilty, O God!
Let their intrigues be their downfall.
Banish them for their many sins,
for they have rebelled against you.

11But 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.
12Surely, Lord, you bless the righteous;
you surround them with your favor as with a shield.

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This Psalm is a prayer, a solemn address to God, at a time when the psalmist was brought into distress by the malice of his enemies. Many such times passed over David, and in this he was a type of Christ, that he was continually beset with enemies, and his powerful and prevalent appeals to God, when he was so beset, pointed at Christ's dependence on His Father and triumphs over the powers of darkness in the midst of His Sufferings.

In this psalm,

I. David settles a correspondence between his soul and God, promising to pray, and promising himself that God would certainly hear him (v. 1-3).

II. He gives to God the glory, and takes to himself the comfort, of God's holiness (v. 4-6).

III. He declares his resolution to keep close to the public worship of God (v. 7).

IV. He prayed,

1. For himself, that God would guide him, (v. 8).

2. Against his enemies, that God would destroy them (v. 9, 10).

3. For all the people of God, that God would give them joy, and keep them safe (v. 11, 12).

And this is all of great use to direct us in prayer.

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