Psalm 5: Lead Me in Your Righteousness

This one is another Psalm of David with a note to also include the flutes.

Psalm 5

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

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

7But 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.
8Lead me, O LORD, in your righteousness
because of my enemies;
make your way straight before me.

9For there is no truth in their mouth;
their inmost self is destruction;
their throat is an open grave;
they flatter with their tongue.
10Make 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.

11But 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.
12For you bless the righteous, O LORD;
you cover him with favor as with a shield.

Maybe it’s just me, but this one is confusing and all over the place. When I read it, I get the feeling that it’s not written by David or any of the kings on account of the second verse. That would be weird. But then it gets weird anyway in that the author spends some time talking about all the imperfect people that they think God hates but that the author themselves will be completely forgiven and accepted because of ….. “the abundance of Your steadfast love”.

Remind me why those other people don’t need or deserve the steadfast love?

Yeah, we still have a tendency to look at things like this.

Thank you for forgiving what a terrible person I can be because I love You but that other person that I don’t actually know if they have a relationship with You or not, they should take a hike.

Not sure it works that way. I’m thinking both groups are good or not good proportionally, maybe even equally, but I’m not sure. I’m also not sure what “Lead me, O Lord, in Your righteousness” has to do with “because of my enemies” either. Why would you not want led into righteousness regardless of the enemy situation? I don’t know about that.

I want to call it pretty or something, but my overall impression of this psalm was that it’s judge-y. Love me but not them. Nah. Couldn’t we lead everyone as much toward righteousness as possible? Some will get there and some won’t, but let’s not turn our backs on them…..

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