Psalm 5 – Contrasting abundance

Psalm 5 opens with David imploring God to listen to his cries, ‘Give ear to my words…consider my groaning.  Give attention to the sound of my prayer…to You do I pray’ (vv1,2).  He then reminds God of the fact that the wicked, evil, boasters, evildoers, liars, bloodthirsty and deceitful do not delight Him (vv4-6).  He points out that these people are enemies (v8) and they will be judged and cast out ‘because of the abundance of their transgressions’ (v10).

This is in stark contrast to how David is treated in verse 7:

‘But I, through the abundance of Your steadfast love, will enter Your house.’

David, despite his pleadings and prayers, can only enter the presence of God on the basis of the abundance of God’s steadfast love.  He doesn’t appeal to his own righteousness.  All he can do is simply throw himself on God’s love.

What strikes me about this Psalm is that those who rebel against God get thrown out from His presence on the basis of the abundance of their transgressions (v10).  Meanwhile, those who ‘take refuge in God’ (v11) get access to His presence on the basis of the abundance of His steadfast love (v7).

Abundant love that covers my abundant transgressions!

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