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Dave Burnette's Commentary

Psalm Chapter 5

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: David, Asaph, Solomon, Heman, Ethan, Moses, and the Sons of Korah
Date Penned: (1440-586 BC)
Overview: Poetry for the Expression of Praise and Worship to God (c 1-150)
Theme: The First Book of Psalms (c 1-41)
Message: The Lies of Enemies (v 1-12)

Psalms 5 Commentary

(5:1) Prayer - One way to grow in a close relationship with God is to pray to him earnestly in the morning. In the morning, before our minds become jumbled with problems, we can commit the whole day to God. Regular communication helps any relationship, and it certainly builds a stronger relationship with God. So talk to God regularly and honestly. Start doing so as soon as you wake up in the morning. He is interested even in our groaning. Do you have a time to pray and read God's Word each day?

(5:5) Being Aware of Sin - God cannot condone or excuse even the smallest sin, therefore, i.e. cannot excuse ourselves for sinning even a little. As we grow spiritually, our sensitivity to sin increases. What is your reaction to sin in your life? Are you insensitive, unconcerned, disappointed, or comfortable? As God makes us aware of sin, we must be intolerant toward it and be willing to change. All believers should strive to be more tolerant of people but less tolerant of the

sin in themselves and others.

(5:7) The Love of God - How do we enter God's presence? If we waited until we were sinless and perfect, we would never go in. God's faithful love opens the door for us. Without his mercy and kindness, we'd be unfit to approach him. Each day, ask him to fill you with joy inwardly and surround you with his love outwardly (5:11-12). Then you will be able to approach him boldly.

(5:10-12) The Lord is Our Shield - When David was in trouble because his enemies were lying about him, he prayed, confident that God's love would not only console him but also defend and shield him. We often make the mistake of thinking of love only in terms of gentleness, but God's love is also strong enough to defeat any enemy

Dave Burnette's Life Application

Our Defense

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter, making application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue in the Book of Psalms with Chapter 5. In our text today, we see a theme of how God defends us from lies spoken against us, from our enemies. In verse 10, David is in trouble because his enemies lied about him. David Prayed, and the Lord Consoled, Defended, and Shielded him. In making applications - today - we have others lie about us, and we should follow in his footsteps. We need to Pray and allow the Lord to Console, Defend, and Shield us from our enemies. Our flesh wants to strike back, but the Lord is our Reputation, and when the enemies lie about us, we can rest in the Lord and let Him fight our battles. How about you? How do you respond to others who lie about you? Let us learn from our Psalm and text today to be reminded to respond to those who lie about us with Prayer, allowing the Lord to be our Consolation, Defender, and Shield.


Psalm 5

Psalm 5

 1Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my meditation.

 2Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for unto thee will I pray.

 3My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.

 4For thou art not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness: neither shall evil dwell with thee.

 5The foolish shall not stand in thy sight: thou hatest all workers of iniquity.

 6Thou shalt destroy them that speak leasing: the LORD will abhor the bloody and deceitful man.

 7But 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.

 8Lead me, O LORD, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies; make thy way straight before my face.

 9For there is no faithfulness in their mouth; their inward part is very wickedness; their throat is an open sepulchre; they flatter with their tongue.

 10Destroy 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.

 11But 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.

 12For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield.