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Psalm 5

Psalm 5: as seen by CKB

King David sends this song
to the Levites to use in worship,
to be accompanied by flutes.

God, listen to my prayer;
Have mercy on the sayer
         Of this cry for redress.
On this morning, hear my voice.
I need your judgment and choice
         In this unholy mess.

I know that you are just and good,
And when men don’t do as they should
         They pay your coin.
I love your mercy and you grace,
And pray your Son shine on my face
         When with you I join.



Psalm 5: Responding to life-threatening falsehood II


  1. Translation.

    1. “wild people” was translated by St. Jerome as “wicked people”.  This has been a longstanding interpretation.

    2. “open mouths” may refer to the means of sacrificing children into pagan statues.


  2. Interpretation.  The psalm discusses how to react to deceit and fraud.

    1. Pray to God—MY God—and I can come into the house of the Lord.

    2. Trust God

      1. His faithfulness

      2. Expect His righteous punishment


    3. Take refuge in God, as He covers you with His “body shield” which is the large shield held by the warrior’s companion


  3. Theology.  Contrast with Luke 23:34 where Jesus tells us to love our enemies.  But when you ask God to render justice, leave it there and do not seek revenge.



[Goldingay, John. Psalms, v.1. Grand Rapids MI: Baker Academic, c2006]
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