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.
Lead me, O LORD, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies; make thy way straight before my face.
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.
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.
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.
For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield. – Psalm 5:7-12 KJV
Let’s look now at how David seeks guidance through prayer. Remember, he is waking up each morning and spending intentional, undivided time meditating on God. David begins by speaking of God’s house. If we look back in 1 Chronicles 29:3, we find what a love for God’s house looks like: “Moreover, because I have set my affection to the house of my God, I have of mine own proper good, of gold and silver, which I have given to the house of my God, over and above all that I have prepared for the holy house.” David carries a holy fear of God. He knows that he will enter into God’s house, where he has been storing his treasures, but he also knows that it is a merciful entry. Though we may not feel it as David did (I would rather imagine that there was dancing at the doorway when David walked into the house!), he keeps in perspective that all that has happened to him and everything God is doing through him does not come by his own doing, and entry into God’s house is also not his doing, but is from the mercy of God. ‘Thy fear’ is the fear that we have for God- respect and reverence that stems from knowing how awesome is God’s power. David will always direct his worship toward the heavenly realms, and separate himself from the wicked.
Then he prays for guidance. He prays like a father who has experienced some rough spots; a husband who wants to protect his family; a king who seeks to do what is right before the eyes of the Lord; a man who just wants to draw nearer to God. I actually spent some time this weekend studying ‘Righteousness’. The verses that I read, which had examples of people who lived out righteousness, shared some characteristics: a perfect heart- free of idol worship; doing what is good, right, and truthful before God and a hatred of sin so deep it causes one to run from it; and keeping the commandments and laws of God. David isn’t asking for an easy change, but he wants to be lead in these ways because the wickedness around him is so bad that he wants to be completely opposite. The more he reflects on the goodness and positive qualities of God, the more he despises the wicked and sinful ways of man. David doesn’t have a God complex- his fear of the Lord keeps his request for righteous living holy. He wants to be on the path that leads him to a righteous life.
And we hear David talk more of how he is tormented by the wicked. I am glad he includes these contrasts- sometimes what God wants to teach us isn’t found in what we want to be, but in what we should NOT want to be. The wicked have no faith. Their wickedness comes from within them- it is not limited to an accidental slip of the tongue or an occasional temper. They chose evil. They are rotten to the core. David compares their speaking to an open grave. They hold back nothing, everything that they think, or believe, or hear, or see, they share it all with everyone. And they flatter- but not in a good way! This is not edifying flattery of some sort. This word comes from the Hebrew word “chalaq” (strong’s dictionary on BLB reference is H2505) which is to divide. The wicked use their words to bring about division among people. So David asks for some ‘divine intervention’. He prays for the fall of the wicked. Because they have not only tormented David, but also rebel against God, and David wants no more to do with them.
His psalm ends on a positive outlook. He wishes for all who trust in God to rejoice! Not quietly on the inside, but outwardly with shouting! Because God is our defense! (Do you know how grand that one statement is? How aware are we of all that God protects us from?) Look at these three different uses of a happy spirit: Rejoice- be glad!; Shout for Joy- give a ringing cry; Be Joyful- to exult. Though these words have similar roots in English, they are very different words in Hebrew. Nonetheless, I think we can still gather that David believes strongly in a spirit that is full of positive aspects! Not wishing to leave his song on a sad note, he writes about a glad, happy, joy filled way of living three times in one verse! Love God and have spiritual joy! In what I have been studying about an upright and righteous spirit, I would have to say that this is key to maintaining the qualities of such a life. David states that the Lord with bless the righteous. He doesn’t hesitate, or stutter, and he doesn’t leave it open-ended. And the righteous will be protected in God’s Divine Favor.
My Thompson Chain Bible has marked the last verse as one containing a ‘Promise to Saints’, which may be worth a post and study after the next five chapters.
Be blessed, brothers and sisters.