Bible Commentaries

Psalms 5

Verses 1-12

This is another song of the morning. It opens with language which reveals the reason of the soul's assurance as it faces another day. First are petitions asking the attention of Jehovah. These are followed by words which reveal at once the singer's conception of personal responsibility, and the reason of his confidence in God. As to the former, the day is to be begun in prayer.

O Jehovah, in the morning shalt Thou hear my voice. It is moreover, to be arranged as in the sight of God, In the morning will I order my prayer unto Thee, and will keep watch.

The attitude of God toward wickedness and evil men is then declared. This attitude at once makes the singer sure of his safety as against the opposition of evil men, and causes his concern about his own position before God.

Turning his eyes toward the enemies that wait for him, whom he describes, he seeks the divine guidance, desiring most of all to see plainly before his face the way of Jehovah. As he goes forth to meet these enemies, he does so with a prayer that God will defeat their counsels and vindicate those who put their trust in Him. There is no doubt or uncertainty in his heart. The things he asks for he is assured he will receive and with an affirmation of this confidence the song ends.