Groaning and Weeping

  1. The Lord hears David’s weeping. David knows God hears and answers his prayer.
  2. David is troubled by the wicked after him, but he’s also recognizing himself as a sinner and asking God to not discipline him in anger and wrath.
  3. God’s wrath is not for his children; His discipline is. God’s discipline is a gift to us. A rebuke is a gift to us. But God offers us those things out of His love for us, not out of wrathful anger.
  4. David asks God to judge him according to his righteousness and integrity. But he also talks about a man needing to repent or God will come with His wrath. David knows he is righteous in God’s sight because he has repented and been forgiven, not because he was perfect.
  5. Both psalms recognize God’s abundant steadfast love. God’s never-ending love toward His children is something we can always rely on. We can call on God to remember His love and can always expect Him to act in His love. It’s always His motivation toward us.
  6. The wicked will fall by their guilt, but David will get forgiveness and deliverance. What’s the difference?
  7. David’s heart is set on God’s love. His heart is for God, turned toward Him. He’s looking to Him for forgiveness and mercy and help and strength. David is expectant that God will come to his aid and deliver him. He knows God. He understands everything can change in a moment. When God speaks, it is finished.
  8. David calls on the Lord for protection and refuge. Running to God as your shelter is a place of safety.
  9. In His shelter is a place of rejoicing. It’s a place of favor.
  10. That word favor at the end of Psalm 5 means grace. God’s grace is a shield to us.