Psalm 5—Give ear to my words, O Lord

(12 verses, 1:00 to read)


What I am about to READ

  • David’s prayer states facts about the godly, the ungodly, and the God over all.


  • Verses 1-2—David asks God to hear his groaning and prayers.
  • Verse 3—David describes simply the life of faith.
  • Veres 4-6—David describes God’s attitude and actions toward wickedness and evildoers.
  • Veres 7-8—David describes his attitude and actions towards God and asks that the Lord lead him in righteousness.
  • Verses 9-10—David describes the ungodly and asks that God make them bear their guilt.
  • Verses 11-12—David asks that God protect the godly.


  • The godly person “groans” (v.1) in this world because of the wickedness (v.4), bloodthirstiness (v.6), and deceit (v.6) of this world and the ungodly.
  • David states that God “[hates] all evildoers.” In a manner of speaking, it is false that God hates the sin but not the sinner. Here, God hates evildoers. Let this stand in tension with John 3:16 and Romans 4:5.
  • How does David enter the house of the Lord? Through the abundance of God’s steadfast love. Throughout the Scripture we see that it is God who seeks, finds, helps, and saves. This is Divine Monergism (God alone works salvation).
  • If you take refuge in God, rejoice and sing for joy. God protects you in this way: Jesus says, “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand” (John 10:28). This is the protection and favor that the godly are covered with.


  • Let us pray: Heavenly Father, through the abundance of your steadfast love and the work of the Holy Spirit do we hear Your Word and believe. Grant that we always be found in the refuge and protection of Christ our Lord, Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

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-Pastor Tyler Holt


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