Again, we will give this Psalm in metre before we begin in the
study using the King James version of the Bible. I want to emphasize
once again; this is just to show how easily it could be put to music
and sung, not for close study.

                   THE PSALMS OF DAVID IN METRE

                           Chapter 5

verse 1  "O JEHOVAH hear my words, And my meditation weigh; Hear my
          cry, my King, my God, For to thee, O Lord I'll pray."
verse 2  "In the morning, Lord, my voice Thou shalt hear in suppliant
          cries; In the morning, Lord to thee, I will lift my waiting
verse 3  "Thou, Jehovah, art a God Who in sin cannot delight;
          Evil shall not dwell with thee, Nor shall fools stand in thy
verse 4  "Evil-doers thou dost hate, Liars all destroyed shall be;
          Men of blood and of deceit Ever are abhored of thee."
verse 5  "But in thy abundant grace To thy house will I draw near;
          To thy holy temple, Lord I will look, and bow in fear."
verse 6  "Lead me in thy righteousness; Evermore my steps mantain;
          And because of watchful foes, Make thy way before me plain."
verse 7  "In their mouth there is no truth, All their heart is full of
          wrong, Like an open grave their throat; And they flatter
          with their tongue."
verse 8  "Let transgressors be destroyed, In their sins by thee
          expelled; By their counsels let them fall, For against thee
          they rebelled."
verse 9  "But let all in thee who trust, Ever glad and joyful be;
          Let them joy who love thy name, Safely guarded, Lord, by
verse 10 "For Jehovah to the just Will abundant blessings yield,
          And with favour compass him Safely round as with a shield."

     Now, we will get into the text we are to study with this lesson
verse by verse. Psalms 5:1 "{To the chief Musician upon Nehiloth, A
Psalm of David.} Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my

     The word Nehiloth means flute, or horn of some kind. We know that
the silver trumpet, also, in some way is speaking of the voice of our
Lord. It matters not why this was addressed to this individual, so we
will go on. We see David crying out to God to listen and hear his
words. He, also, says consider my meditation. We must see in this
that, there is more than one way to pray. I Thessalonians 5:17 "Pray
without ceasing." In the daily functions of one's life, this would
seem impossible, but it isn't. This does not mean to keep your eyes
closed all day long and speak words in prayer continuously. This is
covered in David's words above which says, consider my meditation. We
must have our heart stayed upon God. When God is listening and
answering our prayers, many times, He is answering the prayer He sees
and hears from our heart. We see from the following Scripture that,
God answers many prayers even before we speak them. Isaiah 65:24 "And
it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while
they are yet speaking, I will hear."  This does not, however take the
place of the prayer spoken with one's mouth. We are told in the
following Scripture, that it is important to speak our prayers. James
4:2 "Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot
obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not." There
is even more ways of praying. Sometimes when we are praying, we do not
know the exact words to pray. In this case we stay in a state of
prayer and the Spirit prays for us. Romans 8:26 "Likewise the Spirit
also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for
as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with
groanings which cannot be uttered."  We see in all of this that, God
listens to all of our prayers, whether they are uttered or not. We,
like David, want to be assured that God listens and answers our

     Psalms 5:2 "Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my
God: for unto thee will I pray."

     There is a way to pray. We must pray to the Father in the name of
Jesus. When David says, my cry, it is an urgent prayer. God hears the
cries of His people. Notice in this verse that, David recognizes Him
as his King and, also, recognizes Him as his personal God.
Christianity is an individual thing. We must accept Jesus as our
personal Saviour.  He must be our personal King. We must, also, pray
every prayer to Father God. We are not to pray to any of the saints or
angels. God alone should be on the receiving end of our prayers.

     Psalms 5:3 "My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in
the morning will I direct [my prayer] unto thee, and will look up."

     Notice here, the dedication of David. He says, I will pray in the
morning. How in the world could David, or any of us, expect to do
God's will, if we have not prayed for God's instructions for that day,
before we begin?  Do we really believe He is our LORD? If we do, we
will follow His instructions. The morning is the best time of the day
to pray. Give God the first of your day. God knows we are sincere, if
we pray before we start our hectic day. Notice, also, that this prayer
is not to be prayed amiss. This prayer is directed toward God. The
disciples prayed in the morning and in the evening. We discovered in
our study of the tabernacle, that the smoke {symbolic of prayer} went
to heaven early in the morning and in the afternoon. Notice the
confidence that David displays, when he says, shalt thou hear. Why
would he look up? The following Scriptures answer that. Psalms 121:1
"{A Song of degrees.} I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from
whence cometh my help." Psalms 121:2 "My help [cometh] from the LORD,
which made heaven and earth."

     Psalms 5:4 "For thou [art] not a God that hath pleasure in
wickedness: neither shall evil dwell with thee."

     God is holy. He cannot look upon sin. I Peter 1:16 "Because it is
written, Be ye holy; for I am holy."  God separates the evil from the
good at judgement. There will be no evil in heaven. The wages of sin
is death. All have sinned, but Jesus paid the penalty of death for our
sin, when he took the sin of the world upon His body on the cross. We
deserved to die for our sin, but Jesus became our substitute. There
had to be blood shed for sin. Hebrews 9:22 "And almost all things are
by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no
remission." Jesus shed His blood to make us acceptable to the Father.

     Psalms 5:5 "The foolish shall not stand in thy sight: thou hatest
all workers of iniquity."

     In Proverbs, we read over and over about the foolish. They are
those who do not regard the laws of God highly. We see the statement
above {thou hatest all workers of iniquity}.  We know that the angels,
who followed Lucifer, instead of God, were thrown out of heaven with
Lucifer. They made a choice. We, also, read about the fire and
brimstone that fell on Sodom and Gomorrah. Satan did not send the
fire, God did. The reason God did this is because they did not like
God's plan for families and went to the unnatural use, spoken of in
Romans 1:26 "For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for
even their women did change the natural use into that which is against
nature:" Romans 1:27 "And likewise also the men, leaving the natural
use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with
men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that
recompence of their error which was meet."  People who do not follow
God's ways, have been spoken of as belonging to the evil one. John
8:44 "Ye are of [your] father the devil, and the lusts of your father
ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the
truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he
speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it."  We, who
are the family of God, have submitted our will to His will. Total
rebellion against God brings His anger. If it continues, you will wind
up in hell. Jesus is not just loving and forgiving, but is the Judge
of the whole world. You either live for Him, or will hear Him say, Get
away from me, I never knew you.

     Psalms 5:6 "Thou shalt destroy them that speak leasing: the LORD
will abhor the bloody and deceitful man."

     Leasing means falsehood or lying. Abhor means detest. A bloody
man would be someone who sheds another's blood. He would be a
murderer. A deceitful man lies to benefit himself. God, not Satan will
destroy the wicked.  We can see from the following Scripture what the
LORD does to these evil people at the end. Revelation 21:8 "But the
fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and
whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have
their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is
the second death."

     Psalms 5:7 "But as for me, I will come [into] thy house in the
multitude of thy mercy: [and] in thy fear will I worship toward thy
holy temple."
     We notice in this, a deliberate decision by David to worship God.
Throughout the Bible, we have seen men decide of their own free will
to follow God. Joshua 24:15 "And if it seem evil unto you to serve the
LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which
your fathers served that [were] on the other side of the flood, or the
gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my
house, we will serve the LORD."  Salvation is an individual thing.
Just as David and Joshua decided of their own free will to serve God,
we must decide, as well. We can not have 2 masters. We must either
serve God, or serve the devil. Fear {reverence} of the LORD is the
beginning of wisdom. Notice that David entered the house of God, by
the mercy of God. We enter into fellowship with God through the name
and blood of Jesus Christ. The temple curtain {separating God from
man} was torn from the top down and opened the way for each of us to
fellowship with God. The mercy of God provided our entrance. We, like
David, must deliberately seek the house of God and worship there.

     Psalms 5:8 "Lead me, O LORD, in thy righteousness because of mine
enemies; make thy way straight before my face."

     The Shepherd leads His sheep {Christians}. The Shepherd is, also,
the Light. If we are to walk and not stumble, we must walk in the
Light that He provides for us. John 8:12  "Then spake Jesus again unto
them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall
not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life."  We see a
very similar Scripture here. I John 1:7 "But if we walk in the light,
as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the
blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin."  Let Jesus
lead you to all truth. If He is to lead, we must follow.

     Psalms 5:9 "For [there is] no faithfulness in their mouth; their
inward part [is] very wickedness; their throat [is] an open sepulchre;
they flatter with their tongue."

     The devil and all his followers are liars. They seek to please
their own flesh and not the will of God. The sepulchre is a grave. We
see that the sinful are speaking death from their mouths. The sad
thing is that, they are not satisfied to be lost themselves, but they
try {with flattering words} to draw others into their sin and death.

     Psalms 5:10 "Destroy thou them, O God; let them fall by their own
counsels; cast them out in the multitude of their transgressions; for
they have rebelled against thee."

     The evil ones despising the followers of God are not just in
David's time, but even unto the end of the age. Look with me in the
following Scriptures describing the end times, and see it is the same.
II Timothy 3:3 "Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false
accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,"  To
get the whole picture, read all of chapter 3 of 2nd Timothy.  David is
saying, vengence is thine O LORD. We know that Jesus instructed the
apostles to shake the dust from their feet, when those of the house
would not receive the truth. We, also, know from the next Scripture
just how severe their punishment will be. Mark 6:11 "And whosoever
shall not receive you, nor hear you, when ye depart thence, shake off
the dust under your feet for a testimony against them. Verily I say
unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrah in the day
of judgment, than for that city."  To rebel against authority on this
earth is bad enough, but to rebel against God brings terrible
punishment. Israel was said to rebel against God, because they did not
receive Jesus Christ as their Messiah. Not only for them, but to rebel
and not receive Jesus as Saviour would send any person to hell.

     Psalms 5:11 "But let all those that put their trust in thee
rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let
them also that love thy name be joyful in thee."

     The joy of the Lord is our strength. We believers in Christ have
a lot to rejoice about. We have hope of the resurrection from the
dead. Our joy is not in our own might, but is in the Lord Jesus.
Abraham had faith in God and it was counted unto him for
righteousness. We are like Abraham. Our faith and trust in the Lord
Jesus Christ will save us. Romans chapter 10 verse 9 says it all.
Romans 10:9 "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus,
and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the
dead, thou shalt be saved."  Habakkuk 3:18 "Yet I will rejoice in the
LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation."

     Psalms 5:12 "For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous; with
favour wilt thou compass him as [with] a shield."

     The Lord will clothe us in His righteousness, when we are washed
in the blood of the Lamb. Revelation 7:13 "And one of the elders
answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white
robes? and whence came they?"  Revelation 7:14 "And I said unto him,
Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of
great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in
the blood of the Lamb."  This shield that compasses the Christians is
the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus' blood, not only protects us
here on the earth, but clothes us in the garment of His righteousness
in heaven {white linen}.

     One important message we must receive from this lesson is the
provision God has made for the righteous and the punishment in store
for the wicked.

                             Questions 5

1.  Why are we giving the Psalm in Metre each time?
2.  Who was this Psalm addressed to?
3.  What does the word Nehiloth mean?
4.  What is David crying out for God to do in verse 1?
5.  Quote 1 Thessalonians chapter 5 verse 17.
6.  How could we fulfill the above Scripture in our busy lives?
7.  What can we learn from Isaiah chapter 65 verse 24?
8.  Ye have not, because __ ___ ___.
9.  Where do we find the Scripture that says, the Spirit prays for us?
10. What 2 things do we Christians want to be assured of that David
    wanted to be assured of, also?
11. What 2 names does David cry to that he wants to hearken to his
    voice in verse 2?
12. Who should we pray to?
13. In whose name must we pray?
14. Christianity is an ___________ thing.
15. What time of day does David say he will pray in verse 3?
16. How can we do God's will?
17. Who is David's prayer directed to?
18. The smoke in the tabernacle was symbolic of what?
19. How many times a day did the smoke rise to heaven?
20. Quote Psalms chapter 121 verses 1 and 2.
21. Why are believers to be holy?
22. The wages of sin is ______.
23. Jesus became our __________.
24. All things are by the law purged with what?
25. Who does God hate in verse 5?
26. Who sent the fire on Sodom?
27. What happened to the angels who followed Lucifer?
28. Who are those, God speaks of as, of your father the devil?
29. Where do those who totally rebel against God wind up?
30. What does leasing mean?
31. What does abhor mean?
32. Who is a bloody man?
33. Who, does Revelation chapter 21 verse 8 say, has their part in the
    lake which burneth with fire?
34. Verse 7 says, David comes into thy house, how?
35. Name several in the Bible who have deliberately decided to worship
36. What is the beginning of wisdom?
37. When did Jesus open the way for us to the Father?
38. Who is the Shepherd?
39. Who are His sheep?
40. How does 1 John chapter 1 verse 7 say we are to walk?
41. What is the sepulchre?
42. Destroy thou them, let them fall by their own _________.
43. Where do we find the Scripture that says, despisers of those that
    are good?
44. What is worse than rebelling against earthly authority?
45. Let all those that put their trust in thee _______.
46. What are the Christians around the throne in heaven dressed in?