Psalm 5

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This is a song that David wrote.

Pray about your enemies

5:1Psalm 5 is another morning song. We do not know when David wrote it. We do know that David had enemies. He prayed to God to keep him safe. God listens to us when we pray. We know that he will do something.

1 Lord, listen to what I say to you.

I am upset, so think about what I am saying.

2 My king and my God, listen to my voice.

I am asking you to help me.

I am praying to you!

3 Lord, every morning you listen to my voice.

At sunrise I will turn to you for help,

and I will wait for you to answer.

5:3David told the Lord that he would pray early in the morning. He would wait to see what God would do.

4 My God, you do not like anything that is bad.

Evil people cannot live near you.

5 Proud people cannot stand in front of you.

God, you hate everyone who does evil things.

6 You destroy those who tell lies.

The Lord hates those who murder others,

and those who deceive others.

5:6David's enemies were really God's enemies.

7 But I will come into your house,

because of your special love.

I will bend low in your holy temple,

and I will worship you.

8 Lord, help me to follow your right way.

My enemies are waiting to attack me.

Show the right way clearly to me,

so that I do not go the wrong way.

9 My enemies never speak what is true.

They only want to destroy people.

Their mouth has the smell of an open grave.

5:9An open grave has dead bodies in it. It has a very bad smell. What these people say with their mouths is very bad. Their words hurt people.

Their tongues say sweet things,

but they are all lies!

10 God, say that they are guilty!

Let their own ideas bring punishment to them.

Send them away because they do so many bad things.

Yes, they have turned against you.

11 But make people who turn to you happy.

Make them always sing with joy,

because you keep them safe.

Take care of those who truly love you.

Then they will be really happy.

12 Lord, you bless those who live in a right way.

Your love is like a shield that keeps them safe.

5:12A shield keeps a soldier safe when he is fighting his enemies. When other people want to hurt us, God's love keeps us safe.