The blessing for the righteous (Ps 5:11-5:12)

“But let all who take refuge in you rejoice!

Let them ever sing for joy!

Spread your protection over them!

Those who love your name may exult in you!

You bless the righteous!

Yahweh!

You cover them with favor as with a shield.”

If you take refuge in Yahweh, then you can rejoice. You can forever sing with joy because Yahweh has spread his protection over the righteous. Anyone who loves the name of Yahweh will be exulted. They are the righteous ones because Yahweh has covered them with his favor like a shield over them. So ends this morning prayer.

Morning prayer (Ps 5:1-5:3)

To the choirmaster leader for the flutes, a psalm of David.

Give ear to my words!

Yahweh!

Give heed to my sighing!

Listen to the sound of my cry!

My King and my God!

To you do I pray!

Yahweh!

In the morning

You hear my voice.

I plead my case to you.

I watch in the morning.”

Once again this Psalm 5 is a psalm of David with a choirmaster leader. However, this time it is for flutes, not stringed instruments. This is a morning prayer as opposed to the preceding psalm that was an evening prayer. David once again asked to be heard, not only his voice but his sighing thoughts. Yahweh is clearly king and God. David prayed to him. He pleaded his case as if in some liturgical ceremony. He was watchful as the morning began.