Psalm 5

Seeking God's Guidance and Protection



Psalm 5 is a prayer of David, expressing his dependence on God and seeking His guidance and protection. As we study this psalm from a New Covenant perspective, we will see how it points to Jesus Christ as our ultimate source of guidance and refuge. We will explore the themes of seeking God's presence, trusting in His righteousness, and finding safety in Him.

Section 1: Seeking God's Presence and Ear (vs 1-3)

"Give ear to my words, O LORD; consider my groaning. Give attention to the sound of my cry, my King and my God, for to You do I pray. O LORD, in the morning You hear my voice; in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for You and watch."

Talking Points:

Harmony: Hebrews 4:16, "Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need."


Section 2: Trusting in God's Righteousness and Guidance (vs 4-8)

"For You are not a God who delights in wickedness; evil may not dwell with You. The boastful shall not stand before Your eyes; You hate all evildoers. You destroy those who speak falsehood; the LORD abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful man. But 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. Lead me, O LORD, in Your righteousness because of my enemies; make straight Your way before me."

Talking Points:

Harmony: John 14:6, "Jesus answered, 'I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.'"


Section 3: Finding Safety in God's Protection (vs 9-12)

"For there is no truth in their mouth; their inmost self is destruction; their throat is an open grave; they flatter with their tongue. Make 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. But 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. For You bless the righteous, O LORD; You cover him with favor as with a shield."

Talking Points:

Harmony: 2 Thessalonians 3:3, "But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen you and guard you from the evil one."



Psalm 5, viewed through the lens of the New Covenant in Christ, expresses the psalmist's plea for God's guidance, protection, and righteousness, finding its ultimate fulfillment in Jesus.

The psalmist's cry for God to hear his voice reflects our own need for communion with God, made possible through Jesus, who is our mediator and intercessor (1 Timothy 2:5).

The psalmist's plea for God to lead him in His righteousness prefigures Jesus' teachings on the path of righteousness and His role as the Good Shepherd who leads His sheep (John 10:3-4).

The psalmist's recognition of God's holiness and hatred for wickedness aligns with Jesus' unwavering commitment to righteousness and His ultimate victory over evil (Hebrews 7:26, 1 John 3:8).

The psalmist's confidence in God's protection and blessing for the righteous finds its ultimate fulfillment in Jesus, who offers us His righteousness and guards us with His loving care (2 Corinthians 5:21, John 10:28).

Psalm 5 portrays the plea for God's guidance and righteousness that are fulfilled in Jesus Christ, our Shepherd and the embodiment of divine righteousness.