Creative Bible Study – Psalm 5

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Context:

The context of this Psalm probably goes back to David’s early days playing the harp in King Saul’s court and beginning to gain military victories. People were gossiping and slandering David. This Psalm was used in services at the Temple and is a solid example of how we can handle adversity and distress.

Commentary:

The outline I chose for this Psalm comes from Pastor Steven Lawson

David’s Contrition (vv. 1-3)
David’s Conviction (vv. 4-6)
David’s Consecration (vv. 7-8)
David’s Condemnation (vv. 9-10)
David’s Celebration (vv. 11-12)

This Psalm gives us the outline to follow when “Practicing His Presence”. We present our needs not only with words, but with groaning. We proclaim who God is and with whom he dwells. We remind ourselves that only by His mercy may we approach His throne. We declare that God is in control and is the final judge. We rejoice!

Verse 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.

The idea behind direct is not “to aim” but “to order, to arrange.” “It is the word that is used for the laying in order of the wood and pieces of the victim upon the altar, and it is used also for the putting of the shewbread upon the table. It means just this: ‘I will arrange my prayer before thee;’ I will lay it out upon the altar in the morning, just as the priest lays out the morning sacrifice.” (Spurgeon)

Verse 11
But let all who take refuge in You be glad,
Let them ever sing for joy;
And may You shelter them,
That those who love Your name may exult in You.

Be glad! Sing for you! Exult!

My favorite word in this verse is exult.

Compare – Exalt or Exult?

Exalt means “to raise up,” “to esteem greatly,” or “to glorify.”

Note that it has the same root as altitude. The root alt- means “high.”

Exult means “to rejoice” or “to be openly happy about.”

I chose to link to the rendition of this song from the movie Sister Act 2 as an exuberant expression of exultation.

Joyful, joyful, we adore You,
God of glory, Lord of love;
Hearts unfold like flow’rs before You,
Op’ning to the sun above.
Melt the clouds of sin and sadness;
Drive the dark of doubt away;
Giver of immortal gladness,
Fill us with the light of day!

Finally, I rested in the phrase “those who love Your name”. You can easily find a list online or on your bookshelf of the names of God and the meanings. In verses 4-6, David recites that people with whom God does not dwell. As an alternate way to voice our conviction, consider some of the meanings of the names of God. Claim the name that strengthens and comforts you in the midst of your current trials.

Creative:

This week I created a hybrid page starting with the background, sun rising from behind the clouds, and the first verse from Joyful, Joyful.  I added the flowers and title as a reminder from the song:

Hearts unfold like flow’rs before You,
Op’ning to the sun above.

CIMG3331You can download this week’s printable cards here.

Imagery:

Songs of Joy, Shelter, Exult, Watch, Straight Way, Cover with a Shield, Holy Temple/Tabernacle

Hymns:

Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee

Wonderful, Wonderful Jesus



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