Holiness

You are not a God who takes pleasure in evil; with you the wicked cannot dwell. The arrogant cannot stand in your presence; you hate all who do wrong. You destroy those who tell lies; bloodthirsty and deceitful men the LORD abhors. Psalm 5:4-6

Please read and/or listen to Psalm 5 again today. Read it as a prayer. The second stanza, as represented in the verses we are focusing on today can seem out of place at first glance. David is coming to a God that he knows well. He is a man after God’s own heart. He has learned to know God and to see God as he truly is. The Psalms are filled with David’s understanding of the majesty and splendor of God. As he humbly comes into the presence of God in this morning prayer, he is impacted significantly by the holiness of God—and his own lack of holiness. David does a masterful job in these three verses of showing the escalation of evil and the response of God to that evil. God is holy. Of this David is sure. That holiness will not allow for pleasure in evil. There is no place for those who are wicked to dwell with the Lord and the proud will surely not stand in God’s presence. God will destroy the wicked. David is being drawn closer to the Lord in his prayer and as he is drawn closer to God’s purity, he is overwhelmed by it. The closer we get to God the more we see sin the way he does. The filth of wickedness that can hide in the darkness is exposed by the Light of God. The closer we get to that light the more that the shadows are unable to hide the pride, wickedness, and evil that plagues our sin nature. If you are truly entering into the presence of the Lord in your prayer, you will be much more aware of the sin that is coming in with you. David knows the cleanliness that he needs to have to be in the presence of a holy God. See Psalms 32 and 51.