God’s Gracious Will for Us | Psalm 5:7–8

          But I, through the abundance of your steadfast love,
            will enter your house.
            I will bow down toward your holy temple
            in the fear of you.
          Lead me, O Lord, in your righteousness
            because of my enemies;
            make your way straight before me.

David suddenly turns right, away from his enemies to himself.  The KJV and NASB translate his words, “But as for me.”  David sees a strong contrast between himself and other sinners, even though he had lied and killed many men.  This is because he places his confidence in the Lord, knowing “that the Lord has set apart the godly for himself; the Lord hears when I call to him” (4:3).

The chesed, steadfast love of the Lord puts David where he is.  That’s why David enters the house of the Lord with fear or reverence, for he knew he had no right outside of the grace of God to be there.  If any of us are to come to the Lord, it is not just with God’s goodness, but His overflowing graciousness toward us.

In Christ, we don’t need to come to a physical temple to meet the Lord.  Paul asks of corporate church, “Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?” (1 Cor 3:16).  According to 1 Peter 2:5, “[Y]ou yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house.”  When we meet in local churches, we get a glimpse of the true temple of God of which all believers are a part. 


If we’re part of the temple and the Spirit indwells us, we have the guidance we need.  Sometimes, we’re tempted to seek more knowledge and information than is necessary because of the fear of man.  We have the Spirit-inspired Word of God, and it is enough.  Psalm 119:9 says, “How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word.”  We use it as “a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (v. 105) so that the darkness of those around us won’t obscure the way.  Prayerfully search the pages of Scripture and find what’s right and wrong, and then begin training the powers of your discernment in it (Hb 5:14).

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