Praying Psalm 5

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Trust in God for Deliverance from Enemies

Today’s psalm can be used directly, word for word, as a prayer.

David continues instant in prayers Psalm 5:1Psalm 5:2; makes early application to God, Psalm 5:3; and shows the hatred which God bears to the workers of iniquity, Psalm 5:4-6. His determination to worship God, and to implore direction and support, Psalm 5:7Psalm 5:8. He points out the wickedness of his enemies, Psalm 5:9, and the destruction they may expect, Psalm 5:10; and then shows the happiness of those who trust in the Lord, Psalm 5:11Psalm 5:12.

Adam Clarke Commentary

A few related hymns have been referenced for your meditation.

Psalm 5

To the choirmaster: for the flutes. A Psalm of David.

5Listen to my words, Lord;
consider my sighing.
Pay attention to the sound of my cry,
my King and my God,
for I pray to you.

In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice;
in the morning I plead my case to you and watch expectantly.

For you are not a God who delights in wickedness;
evil cannot dwell with you.
The boastful cannot stand in your sight;
you hate all evildoers.
You destroy those who tell lies;
the Lord abhors violent and treacherous people.

But I enter your house
by the abundance of your faithful love;
I bow down toward your holy temple
in reverential awe of you.
8 Lord, lead me in your righteousness
because of my adversaries;
make your way straight before me.

For there is nothing reliable in what they say;
destruction is within them;
their throat is an open grave;
they flatter with their tongues.
10 Punish them, God;
let them fall by their own schemes.
Drive them out because of their many crimes,
for they rebel against you.

11 But let all who take refuge in you rejoice;
let them shout for joy forever.
May you shelter them,
and may those who love your name boast about you.
12 For you, Lord, bless the righteous one;
you surround him with favor like a shield.

Psalm 5 (CSB)


Meditate on these verses 11&12 as you intercede for your family, friends, colleagues, neighbours and church members.

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