Psalm #5 – Draw Close, It’s Your Destiny!

Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my groaning. Heed the sound of my cry for help, my King and my God, for to You I pray. In the morning, O LORD, You will hear my voice; in the morning I will order my prayer to You and eagerly watch. For You are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness; no evil dwells with You. The boastful shall not stand before Your eyes; You hate all who do iniquity. You destroy those who speak falsehood; The LORD abhors the man of bloodshed and deceit. But as for me, by Your abundant lovingkindness I will enter Your house, at Your holy temple I will bow in reverence for You. O LORD, lead me in Your righteousness because of my foes;  Make Your way straight before me. There is nothing reliable in what they say; their inward part is destruction itself their throat is an open grave; they flatter with their tongue. Hold them guilty, O God; by their own devices let them fall! In the multitude of their transgressions thrust them out, for they are rebellious against You. But let all who take refuge in You be glad, let them ever sing for joy; and may You shelter them, that those who love Your name may exult in You. For it is You who blesses the righteous man, O LORD, You surround him with favor as with a shield.” (Psalm 5)

Approaching God
Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my groaning. Heed the sound of my cry for help, my King and my God, for to You I pray. In the morning, O LORD, You will hear my voice; in the morning I will order my prayer to You and eagerly watch.” (Psalm 5:1-3)
David makes it abundantly clear that he wants to talk to God. He calls for His attention three times! What I think is interesting is that David specifically says that he prays to God. Now this sounds kind of silly to say, but I do think it sort of affirms David’s awareness that he is approaching his holy Father, that we request to be in His presence. The fact that we can “draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16) does not mean that we should confuse confidence with arrogance. Charles H. Spurgeon said about morning prayer: “This is the fittest time for intercourse with God. An hour in the morning is worth two in the evening. While the dew is on the grass, let grace drop upon the soul.” The idea behind direct is not “to aim” but “to order, to arrange.” It is the word that is used for the laying in order of the wood and pieces of the victim upon the altar, and it is used also for the putting of the shewbread upon the table. It means just this: ‘I will arrange my prayer before thee;’ I will lay it out upon the altar in the morning, just as the priest lays out the morning sacrifice. So just as we put lay our request before God before we pray, we should eagerly watch afterwards expectantly to heaven for God to answer.

Drawing Closer to Holiness
For You are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness; no evil dwells with You. The boastful shall not stand before Your eyes; You hate all who do iniquity. You destroy those who speak falsehood; The LORD abhors the man of bloodshed and deceit. But as for me, by Your abundant lovingkindness I will enter Your house, at Your holy temple I will bow in reverence for You. O LORD, lead me in Your righteousness because of my foes;  Make Your way straight before me.” (Psalm 5:4-8)
The more we meditate on God’s Word, the more we become aware of His holiness and our sinfulness. A direct result of our efforts of approaching the definition of holiness, God Himself. “This is a good way to measure how well you are praying and whether, as you pray, you are drawing close to God or are merely mouthing words. If you are drawing close to God, you will become increasingly sensitive to sin, which is inevitable since the God you are approaching is a holy God.” (Boice). But look at David’s confidence! Yet he doesn’t rely on his own righteousness or holiness, but his confidence is grounded in the mercy of God. And look at David’s humility! He recognizes or acknowledges that his godliness is a result of God’s mercy and power and work in him, and not of his own strength.

Two Destinies
There is nothing reliable in what they say; their inward part is destruction itself their throat is an open grave; they flatter with their tongue. Hold them guilty, O God; by their own devices let them fall! In the multitude of their transgressions thrust them out, for they are rebellious against You. But let all who take refuge in You be glad, let them ever sing for joy; and may You shelter them, that those who love Your name may exult in You. For it is You who blesses the righteous man, O LORD, You surround him with favor as with a shield.” (Psalm 5:9-12)
Wickedness is displayed in what a man says. Jesus said: “You brood of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak what is good? For the mouth speaks out of that which fills the heart” (Matthew 12:34), and James said: “So also the tongue is a small part of the body, and yet it boasts of great things. See how great a forest is set aflame by such a small fire! And the tongue is a fire, the very world of iniquity; the tongue is set among our members as that which defiles the entire body, and sets on fire the course of our life, and is set on fire by hell. But no one can tame the tongue; it is a restless evil and full of deadly poison” (James 3:5-6,8). David prays that He will hold them guilty, to let them fall, to thrust them out for their rebellion. But the righteous, the ones who put their trust in God (and not just pay lip service) should rejoice! Let them sing for joy, and find shelter and a shield in the LORD. And what a great blessing it is to find favor in the LORD! Knowing that God says: “This is my child, in whom I am well pleased”. Awesome!

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