Chapter 5: The Lord Hates “Workers of Iniquity”
To the Chief Musician upon Nehiloth, A Psalm of David.
“Nehiloth – is the general term for perforated wind-instruments of all kinds (flutes for example)”
“Give ear unto my words… Hearken unto my voice… My voice shalt thou hear in the morning…” (Psalms 5:1-3). In the first three verses, David is desperately asking for God’s attention. David uses a Hebrew method of repeating his words (in this case, 3 times).
David goes on with his prayer and tells God, the obvious. “…thou art not a God that hath please in wickedness: neither shall evil dwell with thee.” (Psalms 5:4)
David meditates on the righteous character of God. What we do before God, matter. God does not like workers of iniquity and will not have them in his presence.
“…there is no faithfulness in their mouth; their inward part is very wickedness… they flatter with their tongue.” (Psalms 5:9)
Here, David points out that those who are wicked will flatter you with their speech, but in reality, he focuses on what the wicked say as evidence of their wickedness. Jesus taught something similar in Matthew 12:41; “…out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.” In other words our righteousness or wickedness will sooner or later show up in our speech. The true intentions of our heart, good or bad will slip in our words.
Chapter 6: David Cries Mercy to God
To the chief Musician on Heginoth upon Sheminith (eight stringed Harp), A Psalm of David.
“Neginoth – Hebrew for Stringed Instruments”
“Sheminith- Is a musical term, a similar direction is found in the title of Psalms 12:1 and in 1 Chronicles 15:21. Although we don’t know for sure, it seems that Sheminith denotes a certain air known as the eighth, or a certain key in which the psalm was to be sung.”
Psalm 6 is known as the first of seven penitential psalms – songs of confession and humility before God. It was a custom in the early church to sing these psalms on Ash Wednesday, the Wednesday before Easter.
“O Lord, rebuke me not in thine anger… Have mercy upon me… for I am weak… heal me for my bones are vexed (worried/troubled).” (Psalms 6:1-2)
We don’t know what sin David was praying about, but because of his sin David sensed he was under the condemnation from God. Here he calls out for God to kindle his anger with him and hear his plea.
In the Book of Mormon we have a similar story in a book called “Ether”, here the Lord tells us that “…if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble… for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them” (Ether 12:27; The Book of Mormon)
David knew that he must present to the Lord that he was weak and NEEDED the Lord to help him. In letters to the Corinthians, Paul explains that; “…my strength is made perfect in weakness… therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.” (2 Corinthians 12:9-10)
Paul, like David knew what the Lord had taught to Moroni and later to Ether in the Book of Mormon; that God gives men weakness so that they can be humbled. With this humility they can take joy in the unpleasant things of life, knowing that with this weakness they can be made strong!
David ends in this chapter by asking God to vex his enemies, that they might be ashamed of their wickedness.