Psalm 5

Dialectic.

Righteous

Unrighteous

Righteous

Unrighteous

Righteous

This song, in 5 stanzas, juxtaposes the plight of the righteous with the plea for justice. The Psalmist begins:

Give ear to my words, O Lord;
give heed to my sighing…
O Lord, in the morning you hear my voice; 
in the morning I plead my case to you, and watch.

What is his case? That because the Lord is just, because he hates the boastful, the evildoers, the liars, He will not tolerate them. He will not hear them. 

But the Lord hears the psalmist—and why? Because of the singers righteousness? No, but,

Through the abundance of your steadfast love, I will enter your house. 

It is the Lord who leads the Psalmist into his court.

But not so the wicked—their own deceit keeps them from holding court with God.

Because of their many transgressions cast them out… 

But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy. 

Who is it who sings with joy? Who is it whom the Lord hears?

Those who do not depend on their own counsels. 

Those who take refuge in Him, even if they take refuge in Him as one whom they fear, find peace.

So that those who love your name may exult in you. 

 

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