2005-05-29 - A Prayer of the
Psalm 5, Part 5
A prayer for guidance, and condemnation of the wicked: In contrast to the
wicked, the righteous can enter into God's presence with confidence and hope.
Even here, the basis for approaching God is His mercy, not the worthiness
of the one praying. The author comes for God's leading, specifically as it
pertains to walking in the midst of all of his enemies. Remember, as we walk
in God's ways, His enemies are our enemies. Jesus said,
"All men will hate you because of me
In contrast, again pointing to the wicked, the psalmist notes their totally
deceitful nature, and he prays God will first bring all their plans to naught.
As Jesus spoke of the "whitewashed tomb," so the psalmist compares the wicked
with the stench that comes out of the grave. Their words - filled with lies,
destruction and treachery - betray their wickedness.
Second, the psalmist prays God would bring destruction upon them. He notes,
as his support for this request, that underlying all their sin is the fact
they are in rebellion against the Lord. It is the rebellious nature of mankind
that demonstrates how we can see individuals who are "upright" by society's
standards, but still meet the definition of wicked from God's perspective.
There are many individuals carrying out "good" works, claiming to follow
the Lord, but their motivation is self-righteousness, which is nothing more
than rebellion against God's righteousness, against God Himself.
The psalmist closes with the confidence of the righteous man before a loving
God. It is God who is the source of his security and protection. It should
be noted that his righteousness comes from his choice to follow God, and
is therefore imputed by God to him, for none of us have any righteousness
in and of ourselves. Because we have chosen to follow after the Lord, then
with the psalmist, we too can have confidence in the care and protection
that the Lord provides to His own.
To be continued.
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