Psalm 5 has God’s personhood written all over it. As we read though this chapter we see the thoughts and actions of the Living God.
~Takes no pleasure in wickedness
~Hates all who do evil
~Destroys all who tell lies
~Detests murderers and deceivers
~Fills with joy those who love Him
~Blesses the godly
~Surrounds His people with His shield of love
These thoughts and actions must come from a living being. No figure or dead person can think or take action. I have to believe that David would not have written this chapter had he not experienced all of these actions. The only other explanation I can come up with for Him to write these things if were not true, is that he could have been a lunatic and out of his mind, but I find it hard to believe that a crazy persons words would have lasted more than 2000 years. There is no point in preserving nonsense, so I choose to believe that this list accurately describes who God is and what He is capable of doing.
This chapter also shows us that David had a personal relationship with God because he spoke to Him as he would any other human in his life. David asks God to:
~Pay attention to him
~Listen to him
~Make His way plain to follow
~Declare his enemies guilty
~Let his enemies be caught in their own traps
~Drive away his enemies
Why would David cry out for help from someone or something powerless to save him? He was running for his life from a powerful king and the king’s armies whose orders were to kill him. David was a desperate man who needed supernatural power to protect him and he knew Who to call on. His lifetime of relationship with God made it second nature to ask for help from the One he knew was his only hope. You can see David’s respect for God, reverence for God, and friendship with God all throughout. He knows what pleases God and what God hates. David knows what God loves and how God loves His people. David knows what God is capable of and who God blesses. This chapter speaks of a real relationship between two living beings.
I want to experience God, trust God with my life, and know God as intimately as David did. I want to be characterized as one who:
~Cries out to God my King for help
~Brings my requests to Him
~Knows that the proud may not stand in His presence
~Experiences His unfailing love
~Worships Him with deepest awe
~Rejoices in His refuge
~Loves His name
It amazes me how much of God’s personhood and character are revealed in just 12 verses. We are given thousands more to explore and learn from. We get to see hundreds of people’s relationships with God throughout the Bible so we can learn more about who God is and how He responds to us. He wants to make His way plain for us to follow, but we have to want to follow Him. We have to spend time with Him. We have to choose Him as our King. Do today’s verses give you a deeper understanding of how God interacts with you? Do you see more of what He wants to be allowed to do in your life? You get to decide…He won’t choose for you even though He could.