Psalm 5

We are continuing our journey through the Psalms. I had never seen the beauty of Psalm 5 until now. Allow me to share what I found out: In Psalm 5, David shows us the majestic power of encountering God in the silence of the morning when he said, “Give ear to my words, O Lord, consider my meditation. Give heed to the voice of my cry, my King and my God, for to you I will pray. My voice you shall hear in the morning O Lord; in the morning I will direct it to you, and I will look up” (vv. 1-3).

It is during one of these early morning pursuits that God allows David to catch glimpses of His holy character for he says, “For You are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness, Nor shall evil dwell with You. The boastful shall not stand in Your sight; You hate all workers of iniquity. You shall destroy those who speak falsehood; The Lord abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful man. (vv. 4-6).

In verse 7, realizing his utter helplessness, David appeals to God’s inexhaustible supply of mercy, “But as for me, I will come to Your house in the multitude of Your mercy.” The closer we get to God the more we understand the message of the cross. Grace and mercy provided a way to satisfy the perfect justice of God in the person of His Son who took our sins away by His death on the cross so that whosoever believes in Him shall be saved (John 3:16).

And what is the result after David tasted the multitude of His mercy? Some passages are better left untouched in their raw beauty (vv. 11,12):

“But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You;

Let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them;

Let those also who love Your name be joyful in You.

For You, O Lord, will bless the righteous;

With favor You will surround him as with a shield.”

For a man to utter such praise who bears the scars of war, moral failure, family breakdown, death of a beloved son and so much more is simply incomprehensible. Yes we can all bounce back from a life torn apart by sin when we come to His house “in the multitude of His mercy.” (Written: 16JULY2016)