September 3rd Your Daily Bible Study:
a pSALM OF DAVID: a PRAYER FOR PROTECTION
1 Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my meditation. (As the Fourth Psalm was an evening Psalm, a prayer to the Lord concerning the coming night, the Fifth Psalm is a morning Psalm. David awakens to meditate upon God and pray. This pertains likewise to Christ [Isa. 50:4].)
2 Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for unto You will I pray (we learn from these Psalms just how strong was David’s prayer life, and likewise our Saviour’s).
3 My voice shall You hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto You, and will look up (he will “look up,” simply because his help comes from above; we must never forget that).
4 For You are not a God Who has pleasure in wickedness: neither shall evil dwell with You (there was no wickedness or evil in the Messiah; there was terrible wickedness and evil in Israel).
5 The foolish shall not stand in Your sight: You hate all workers of iniquity (Israel played the fool and rejected the Messiah; consequently, they could not stand in God’s sight; God cannot abide wickedness or evil, even in those He calls His “Chosen”).
6 You shall destroy them who speak leasing (lies): the LORD will abhor the bloody and deceitful man (this has a double meaning; the first speaks of Ahithophel, who betrayed David; he was David’s closest advisor; the second and foremost speaks of Judas, the Lord’s Disciple, who betrayed Him).
7 But as for me, I will come into Your House in the multitude of Your Mercy: and in Your fear will I worship toward Your Holy Temple (the “Temple” referred to here is speaking of the Heavenly Temple toward which David prayed and the Earthly Temple into which Jesus went [Jn. 2:16]; so, He came into this “House” in “Mercy” and “fear” and cleansed the Temple of its traffickers).
8 Lead me, O LORD, in Your Righteousness because of my enemies; make Your Way straight before my face (when Jesus cleansed the Temple, He did not fear His “enemies,” because He was led by the Holy Spirit because of Righteousness).
9 For there is no faithfulness in their mouth (the Pharisees); their inward part is very wickedness; their throat is an open sepulchre (the Sadducees); they flatter with their tongue (the Herodians).
10 Destroy You them, O God; let them fall by their own counsels; cast them out in the multitude of their transgressions; for they have rebelled against You (in all cases, this prayer was answered; Ahithophel died of suicide, Absalom was killed in the battle to overthrow David; likewise, Judas died of suicide, and the whole of Israel was destroyed in A.D. 70).
11 But let all those who put their trust in You rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them: let them also who love Your Name be joyful in You (this Passage speaks of the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, and also the Resurrection of David, who was resurrected from potential destruction; David placed his trust in Jehovah, and the Lord restored him to the throne).
12 For You, LORD, will bless the Righteous; with favour will You compass him as with a shield. (The “shield” addressed here is the largest size, which covers the entire body. This shield here is the favor and Grace of Jehovah.
The “Righteous” is the Lord Jesus. All who are in Him are likewise blessed.)
A Psalm of david: The intercessory prayer of christ
1 O Lord rebuke me not in Your anger, neither chasten me in Your hot displeasure. (This is an example of the complete advocacy of Christ in Intercession. He, though Himself sinless, declares Himself in these Psalms to be the Advocate. And He expresses to God the abhorrence of sin, accompanied by the Repentance and sorrow which man ought to feel and express, but will not and cannot. Similarly, the faith, love, obedience, and worship which man fails to give, He perfectly renders.
Thus, as the High Priest of His People, He, the True Advocate, charges Himself with the guilt of our sins, declares them to be His Own, confesses them, repents of them, declaring at the same time His Own sinlessness, and atones for them. Thus, those Psalms in which the speaker declares his sinfulness and his sinlessness become quite clear of comprehension when it is recognized Who the Speaker is — Williams.)
2 Have mercy upon me, O LORD; for I am weak: O LORD, heal me; for my bones are vexed. (As David cried these words to the Lord, he was saying that which the Son of David cried for Israel, and as well for every Saint of God. In fact, these particular Psalms constitute the Intercession of Christ on our behalf. So, when you read these words, apply them to yourself, for they were given for you and me.)
3 My soul is also sore vexed: but You, O LORD, how long? (In essence, Jesus repeated these words later in His Ministry, when He said, “Now is My soul troubled” [Jn. 12:27].)
4 Return, O LORD, deliver my soul: oh save me for Your Mercies’ sake (it is only by and through the Mercy of God that we are Saved or helped; for certain, we do not deserve such!).
5 For in death there is no remembrance of You: in the grave who shall give You thanks? (This means simply that after death there is no more opportunity to be saved.)
6 I am weary with my groaning; all the night make I my bed to swim; I water my couch with my tears (on this particular night, and no doubt on many other nights, Christ in secret wept bitterly over the guilty city, as that day He had wept aloud over it in public [Lk. 19:41]).
7 My eye is consumed because of grief; it waxes old because of all my enemies (David’s enemies were myriad because David was a Type of Christ, Who as well would be surrounded by many enemies — the Pharisees, etc.).
8 Depart from me, all you workers of iniquity; for the LORD has heard the voice of my weeping. (For three and one half years of public ministry, the Lord importuned the leaders of Israel to return to God; however, they persisted in their iniquity and rebellion. Soon He would depart for Glory, and soon they would depart for eternal darkness [Jn. 7:34].)
9 The LORD has heard my supplication; the LORD will receive my prayer (the LORD always hears the prayers of the Messiah; He always heeds His Supplication).
10 Let all my enemies be ashamed and sore vexed: let them return and be ashamed suddenly (this prayer regarding Christ has not yet been answered; it will be answered in the not-too-distant future [Zech. 12:10]).