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
- “wild people” was translated by St. Jerome as “wicked people”. This has been a longstanding interpretation.
- “open mouths” may refer to the means of sacrificing children into pagan statues.
- Interpretation. The psalm discusses how to react to deceit and fraud.
- Pray to God—MY God—and I can come into the house of the Lord.
- Trust God
- His faithfulness
- Expect His righteous punishment
- Take refuge in God, as He covers you with His “body shield” which is the large shield held by the warrior’s companion
- 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]