Text: Psalm 5
Boldness to speak to God (vss 1-3)
- David comes to God boldly.
- He is not like Christians who when we decide to pray have to do so much “getting right” we have no confidence to talk to God.
- David is close to God.
- In the morning...so David doesn’t come to God with, “It’s been a long time since I’ve talked to you.”
Boldness to accept God’s choices (vss 4-6)
- The context here is critical. David is being hunted by his son Absalom. And David knows Absalom is on the wrong side of God in this matter.
- No love the sinner hate the sin. There isn’t a division.
- Some of you are on the wrong side of God because of your children.
Boldness because of fear of the Lord (vss 7-8)
- Proverbs 8:13 The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.
- Proverbs 14:26 In the fear of the LORD is strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge.
Boldness for the Lord’s sake (vss 9-10)
- 2 Samuel 17:14 – Hushai’s counsel is taken by Absalom.
- David says they have rebelled against thee, speaking of the Lord. And for that reason confuse them and let them fall by their own devices.
- This is boldness in knowing the Lord will defend His name.
- Proverbs 18:10
Boldness because God is happy (vss 11-12)
- God’s favor compasses the righteous as with a shield.
- No promise of physical protection, but if God is happy, that’s the best place to be. There is nothing that can replace God saying, Well done.
- Psalm 23, surely goodness and mercy shall follow me. So when I look behind me I see goodness and mercy all along the path I’ve walked.