Psalm 5:1-12; 7, 11
"But I enter Your house by the abundance of Your faithful love; I bow down toward Your holy temple in reverential awe of You" (Ps 5:7, HCSB). "But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them sing joyful praises forever. Spread your protection over them, that all who love your name may be filled with joy" (Ps 5:11, NLT).
Theme: Enter God's presence by the abundance of his mercy, love and grace, and tell God your honest feelings.
Cry out to God in your distress. Psalm 5 is a lament and a prayer petitioning the Lord in the midst of distress. Why was the psalmist distressed? The psalmist's inner angst was caused by liars and deceitful speech (Ps 4:2; 5:6, 9; 31:13, 18). However, during his morning prayer (Ps 5:3), the psalmist found joy, refuge and favor in the Lord's protection (Ps 5:11-12).
Lies hurt. The devil is the father of lies (Jn 8:44). The destiny of all liars is the second death (Rev 21:8). James understood how destructive lying words can be (Jas 3:5-6). We have all experienced that when lies are spread about you, it hammers, wounds, disheartens and devastates you. David experienced devastating lies said about him (Ps 4:2; 5:6, 9; 31:13, 18). If he allowed the words of liars to get to him he would become bitter and crushed. He would have retaliated in anger and rage (Ps 4:4). But when he entered God's presence and took refuge in the Lord, he found joy amidst the scathing lies (Ps 5:11).