Our perspective on life is only accurate when we know the true nature of both ourselves and our heavenly Father. In Psalm 5, David sets the tone for each day by affirming important truths about God and the sinfulness of man. Expounding on these truths, Alistair Begg reminds us to begin our days by approaching God and recognizing that His mercy alone provides us access to Him. Acknowledging God’s holiness helps us forsake wickedness and follow His paths of righteousness.
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 you1 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.
Copyright © 2020, Alistair Begg. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
Scripture taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Text provided by the Crossway Bibles Web Service.