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Psalm 5

To the chief Musician upon Nehiloth, A Psalm of David.

King James Version
1 Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my meditation.
2 Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for unto thee will I pray.
3 My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.
4 For thou art not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness: neither shall evil dwell with thee.
5 The foolish shall not stand in thy sight: thou hatest all workers of iniquity.
6 Thou shalt destroy them that speak leasing: the LORD will abhor the bloody and deceitful man.
7 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.
8 Lead me, O LORD, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies; make thy way straight before my face.
9 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.
10 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.
11 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.
12 For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield.1


References and notes

1.  King James Authorized Version
2. 
Spurgeon's Treasury of David - http://eword.gospelcom.net/comments/psalm/spurgeon/psalm5.htm
3
.  Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary - Vol. 3 pg. 641
4.  Matthew Henry Bible Commentary - http://eword.gospelcom.net/comments/psalm/mh/psalm5.htm

 

 

Music for Psalm 5

Click on image for song preview of Psalm 5. The music was composed in 2008.  Psalm 5 features on the CD album The Complete Psalms: Psalms 1-10.
 

 
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A Morning Prayer

Psalm 5 is a morning prayer, written in the same spirit as Ps. 4, an evening prayer. The circumstances under which the two psalms were written were probably similar. After a night of calm sleep the psalmist utters this prayer before entering God's house (v. 7). He is confident that God, who will not allow wicked men to prevail, will surely cause those who trust in Him to have fullness of joy. The psalm begins with prayer to God, then expresses unwavering confidence in God, pleads for God's guidance in life's perplexities, and finally, exhorts all to put their trust in God.3
 

 

 

Nehiloth

The Hebrew word Nehiloth is taken from another word, signifying "to perforate;" "to bore through," whence it comes to mean a pipe or a flute; so that this song was probably intended to be sung with an accompaniment of wind instruments, such as the horn, the trumpet, flute, or cornet. However, it is proper to remark that we are not sure of the interpretation of these ancient titles, for the Septuagint translates it, "For him who shall obtain inheritance."2
 

 

Division

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. 4

 

 

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