Short Meditations in Psalms: 5.7 David the Worshipper
Psa 5:7 But I, by your great mercy, will come into your house; in reverence will I bow down toward your holy temple.
David has, as we have been seeing in the recent meditations, been reflecting on the fact of one of God’s roles (if we may put it like that) being that of a Judge who confronts all wrong and demands justice. This, he noted, particularly highlighted those whose lives were set in the opposite direction to the Lord’s. These people should realise they may find themselves in God’s spotlight and be candidates for either His disciplinary judgment or even His terminal judgment.
These people clearly have no relationship with the Lord and we add that final comment because David now differentiates himself from them and will present before the Lord various reasons or ways that he is different, and they all come out of his knowledge of the Lord.
First of all we see this as he starts out this verse, “But I.” That ‘but’ says, by contrast I am different. Second, he quickly acknowledges that this difference is nothing to do with his own goodness but it is all because of the Lord’s mercy: “But I, by your great mercy…..” Mercy is an undeserved willingness by God not to bring the judgment that is deserved. It is not an earned thing but, quite the contrary, a free gift.
The third thing he says is that he will come into God’s house – presumably the Temple – “But I, by your great mercy, will come into your house.” For some the Temple could be a scary place with all the sacrifices being presented. For others, the godless, it would be a place of no relevance to them, as modern atheists might say of church. But for David it is the place where he will go to meet God and that intention is the fourth thing that marks him out from those around him, even as it does for us in today’s godless society.
But it is not merely to meet with God. It is, fifthly, to worship God: “in reverence will I bow down toward your holy temple.” Worship is a lesser figure bowing before a greater figure. When David come to worship the Lord he comes to acknowledge the Lord’s greatness, he reveres Him, and bows down before him.
In a day when people are increasingly dropping out of church membership, while still holding to God, it is an indication that we are forgetting who we are – those who are different from the rest of the world, those who should be grateful for having received the Lord’s mercy, those who yearn to come into the Lord’s presence with the Lord’s people and be those who offer to their Lord public worship that is not for display but acts as a testimony – there is a great and mighty and holy God who is greater than us, and He deserves our worship and we are foolish if we don’t give it.