The Attributes Of God
After the urgent request in Psalm 5:1-3, David begins to think through the day that spreads out before him, giving extra consideration to those he would encounter. His song addresses four specific areas of interest.
- David meditates on the Lord Himself (vv. 4-6).
- David describes himself (vv. 7-8).
- David describes his enemies (vv. 9-10).
- David describes the righteous (v.11).
Let’s examine each area of interest, beginning with the first: God Himself.
You are not a God Who is pleased with what is bad. The sinful cannot be with You. The proud cannot stand before You. You hate all who do wrong. You destroy those who tell lies. The Lord hates liars and men who kill other people.
Psalm 5:4-6 (NLV)
He mentions seven specific things about his Lord:
- He is not a God who is pleased with what is bad.
- The sinful cannot be with Him. (literally)
- The proud cannot stand before Him.
- He hates all who do wrong.
- He destroys those who tell lies.
- The Lord hates liars.
- The Lord hates men who kill other people.
Why does David study these things?
Because it is healing to study the attributes of God – to remind ourselves that He is always good, and that He is always right in His ways. His love for us never fails and His timing is perfect. Many of the repressed angry feelings and frustrations of our inner emotional tank are dispersed as we study God’s character and remind ourselves that He is “for us,” not against us. Focusing on His character helps us to dismiss discouragement!
Also, we are reminded that our enemies are really God’s enemies. He is more powerful that any evil and more tenacious than any difficult circumstance. As for those who try to harm us, the Lord is far more capable of dealing with them than we are.
How To Dispel Discouragement?
In the midst of discouragement, it’s definitely challenging to count your blessings. So, instead, create a list of God’s attributes from Scripture. (This psalm is a good place to start.) Then, pray through the list, praising God for each attribute. As an experiment, try praying this way for an entire week without asking for anything. Record your experience in a journal for later use.
|Living the Psalms: Encouragement for the Daily Grind
By Charles R. Swindoll / Worthy Publishing
“I will sing unto the Lord as long as I live…” -Psalm 104:33
Through twenty-six engaging weeks in the Word, Charles Swindoll will help you not just to read the Psalms but to live them–reminding you of a grace that never fails and a God who is constantly at work to transform the daily grind into a daily miracle.