Book 1 – Psalm 5 of 41: Jesus, filled with the abundance of the Father’s love

So Psalm 5 continues with the righteous and blessed man groaning to the LORD, pleading the Father to give attention to the sound of his cry. In this chapter we see the thirst that the Son has for the Father, the relationship which he wants us to emulate. Do we groan for the LORD to hear the sound of our cry? Do we prepare a sacrifice for Him and watch in the morning?

Verses 4-6 describe the boastful, the evildoers, the destroyers, the liars, the bloodthirsty and the deceitful, against His abundance of steadfast love in v. 7. Indeed – it is Jesus, who through the Father’s abundance of steadfast love will enter his temple, his house, his throne. Even Jesus had to rely on the Father to make his way straight before him, for without the Father, all paths are but crooked. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:5-6).

Vv.9-10 briefly revert back to the liars, the Satan whose inmost self is destruction, whose throat is an open grave, who tempts and flatters with his tongue. Such is the enemy and his children, who consider wicked counsel (c.f. Psalm 1) as wise and good in their own eyes. They are abundant in transgressions, but the Father is abundant in His love; their transgressions lead them to the open grave, bare for all to see – but the Father’s love leads us to His house, leads us to awesome worship. “I rejoiced with those who said to me, ‘Let us go to the House of the LORD” (Psalm 122:1)! So those who love His name, those who love His Son – the Name above all Names – may exult in the Father; for He blesses the righteous One, and He covers Christ with favor as with a shield. Let us then rejoice and be filled with the abundance of His love through His Son, the favoured and shielded One, so that we enter His courts, and not wallow in our transgressions, lest we end up in the pit and wonder why our lives are so hard, cold, and restless.

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Book 1 – Psalm 5 of 41: Jesus, filled with the abundance of the Father’s love

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