Psalm 5 “But let all who take refuge in you rejoice”

My teaching notes for Wednesday, May 19th. I am currently teaching through the book of Psalms.  Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the teaching.

Resources utilized for preparation and study:

  • Psalms Vol. 1.The NIV Application Commentary, Gerald H. Wilson.
  • Psalms. Vol. 5. The Expositor’s Bible Commentary, Tremper Longman III and David Garland.


  • Personal Lament
  • Earnestly seeking the Lord for protection and deliverance
  • Praying for the downfall of his enemies

David’s Petition – vv. 1-3

[1] Give ear to my words, O LORD; consider my groaning. [2] Give attention to the sound of my cry, my King and my God, for to you do I pray.[3] O LORD, in the morning you hear my voice; in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you and watch.

My words, my groaning, my cry

  • David calling out to God.
  • Groaning – sighing, murmuring. (inner thoughts)
  • God hears our heart and our audible words

My King and my God

  • David was the king, but he is calling out to the KING
  • King provided leadership, stability, protection to the people.
  • David viewed the Lord in this personal manner.
  • His King and His God.  His ruler and personal God. (Abba Father)

In the morning

  • Points to the earnestness of it, its importance
  • The start of the day… on his heart first thing.
  • A since of renewed hope.

David’s Confidence – vv. 4-6

[4] For you are not a God who delights in wickedness; evil may not dwell with you. [5] The boastful shall not stand before your eyes; you hate all evildoers. [6] You destroy those who speak lies; the LORD abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful man.

His confidence was based on who God is.  God’s Character

God who delights in wickedness; evil may not dwell with you.

  • God hates evil, yet evil exists under His sovereign rule and care.
  • God is holy, pure, righteous, and good
  • 1 John 1:5

You destroy those who speak lies… bloodthirsty and deceitful man

  • God abhors sin and abhors those who sin against Him
  • God is love, but God is also just.

David’s Hope – vv. 7-8

[7] But I, through the abundance of your steadfast love, will enter your house. I will bow down toward your holy temple in the fear of you. [8] Lead me, O LORD, in your righteousness because of my enemies; make your way straight before me.

David’s hope is based on his fellowship with God.

Abundance of your steadfast love

  • Because of God’s love of David, he could enter His presence
  • Because of David’s fear of God, he could enter His presence
  • God’s Love – Man’s Response (Fear)

Lead me, O Lord

  • His hope was in God’s provision and guidance
  • In your righteousness
  • Make my way straight before me
  • Proverbs 3:5-6

David’s Request– vv. 9-10

[9] For there is no truth in their mouth; their inmost self is destruction; their throat is an open grave; they flatter with their tongue. [10] Make them bear their guilt, O God; let them fall by their own counsels; because of the abundance of their transgressions cast them out, for they have rebelled against you.

Truth is not on their lips

  • Truth = God’s Truth

Make them bear guilt… let them fall by their own counsel

  • Their guilt is on them.

They have rebelled against you

  • They have sinned before a Holy God

David’s Refuge – vv. 11-12

[11] But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy, and spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may exult in you. [12] For you bless the righteous, O LORD; you cover him with favor as with a shield.

All who take refuge in you rejoice

  • True joy is found in the presence of the Lord

Protection over them… those who love your name… Favor as with a shield

  • Favor = God’s blessing
    • When we love God
    • We desire to be in His presence
    • In His presence is where one finds peace and provision

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