Psalm 5: Trusting God for Help

Why do Christians sometimes pray only as a “last resort” when they are desperate and have nowhere else to turn?

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Psalm 5:1–2 To the minister of music, a song of David.
Hear my prayer, O God. Listen to my heart’s cry. Hear my groaning, my King, for you are my only resource in prayer.
King James
Psalm 5:1–2 <To the chief Musician upon Nehiloth, A Psalm of David.> Give ear to my words, O Lord, consider my meditation. Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for unto thee will I pray.

What hope do we have that God will hear us?

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Psalm 5:3 You hear me in the mornings, O Lord, as I pray and wait upon you.
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Psalm 5:3 My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.)

If nothing about God is evil, how can he know the unrighteous thoughts of wicked people?

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Genesis 6:5 God saw how wicked that people on Earth had become, how their thoughts and motives were consistently evil.
Psalm 5:4 Nothing about you is evil, not in any way, and the unrighteous cannot live with you.
King James
Genesis 6:5 God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
Psalm 5:4 For thou art not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness: neither shall evil dwell with thee.

How do the wicked justify their boasting?

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Psalm 5:5 People who boast will not stand in your presence, for you hate their wicked ways.
King James
Psalm 5:5 The foolish shall not stand in thy sight: thou hatest all workers of iniquity.

When will God destroy the liars and deceivers? Why hasn’t he already done that?

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Psalm 5:6 You will destroy the liars and deceivers, for you hate those who prey upon others.
2 Peter 3:9 The Lord isn’t slow in keeping his promise, not like some people think. He is patient, not wanting anyone to perish, giving time for everyone to repent.
Revelation 21:8 The faithless and cowardly, the detestable and murderous, the prostitutes and fortune tellers, the idolaters and liars—all will be cast into the fiery lake of burning stones, which is the second death.”
King James
Psalm 5:6 Thou shalt destroy them that speak leasing: the Lord will abhor the bloody and deceitful man.
2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
Revelation 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

If God is present everywhere and we cannot escape his presence, how do we “enter” his presence?

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Psalm 5:7 I enter your presence because of your great love and mercy, and I bow in reverent awe before you.
Psalm 100:4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving, his courts with praise. Be thankful for his gifts, and praise him for his loving nature.
Psalm 139:7–8 Where could I go and not find your Spirit there? Is there anywhere I could escape your presence? If I go to the farthest region of space and beyond, you are there. If I am laid to rest in the deepest grave, you are there.
King James
Psalm 5:7 But as for me, I will come into thy house in the multitude of thy mercy: and in thy fear will I worship toward thy holy temple.
Psalm 100:4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
Psalm 139:7–8 Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.

What must we do to follow the Lord?

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Psalm 5:8 Lord, lead me on your righteous path, clearly showing me the way so I’m not misled by my enemies.
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Psalm 5:8 Lead me, O Lord, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies; make thy way straight before my face.

Under what circumstances can we trust the words of others?

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Psalm 5:9 They flatter with words that can’t be trusted. Their throat is like an open tomb, their counsel inviting death.
John 16:13 But when the Spirit of Truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own authority but will say only what he hears. He will reveal to you things to come.
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Psalm 5:9 For there is no faithfulness in their mouth; their inward part is very wickedness; their throat is an open sepulchre; they flatter with their tongue.
John 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

Why are people sometimes caught in the traps they set for others?

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Psalm 5:10 Expose their error, O God. Let their own bad advice bring their demise, cast out because of their many transgressions, expelled for rebelling against you.
King James
Psalm 5:10 Destroy thou them, O God; let them fall by their own counsels; cast them out in the multitude of their transgressions; for they have rebelled against thee.

If we’re not feeling safe in the battle, how can we trust the Lord and shout for joy?

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Psalm 5:11–12 Let those who trust you, Lord, shout for joy, because you have kept them safe in the battle. Let them rejoice, loving their relationship with you.
You bless the righteous, Lord, surrounding them with your favor, shielding them from harm.
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Psalm 5:11–12 But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee. For thou, Lord, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield.