Psalms 5:1-12 (ANIV)
1 [For the director of music. For flutes. A psalm of David.]
Give ear to my words, O Lord,
consider my sighing.
2 Listen to my cry for help,
my King and my God,
for to you I pray.
3 In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice;
in the morning I lay my requests before you
and wait in expectation.
4 You are not a God who takes pleasure in evil;
with you the wicked cannot dwell.
5 The arrogant cannot stand in your presence;
you hate all who do wrong.
6 You destroy those who tell lies;
bloodthirsty and deceitful men
the Lord abhors.
7 But I, by your great mercy,
will come into your house;
in reverence will I bow down
towards your holy temple.
8 Lead me, O Lord, in your righteousness
because of my enemies—
make straight your way before me.
9 Not a word from their mouth can be trusted;
their heart is filled with destruction.
Their throat is an open grave;
with their tongue they speak deceit.
10 Declare them guilty, O God!
Let their intrigues be their downfall.
Banish them for their many sins,
for they have rebelled against you.
11 But let all who take refuge in you be glad;
let them ever sing for joy.
Spread your protection over them,
that those who love your name may rejoice in you.
12 For surely, O Lord, you bless the righteous;
you surround them with your favour as with a shield.
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The cross provides the light source in this scene, all shadows fall away from the cross.
A group of Christians surround the cross, kneeling in prayer and worship of the Lord God.
Psalm 05 is an example of a lament, which is a cry out for help in a situation of distress or frustration.
There are two versions of this scene:
01) (This page) Psalm 05 – With you the wicked can not dwell (Colour version). In this one the cringing, evil characters surrounding the worshippers and cross have full colour.
02) (Next page) Psalm 05 – With you the wicked can not dwell (Blue version). In this one the cringing, evil characters surrounding the worshippers and cross have reduced colour, and an overlay of blue.
This scene is primarily focused on the 4th & 5th verses, “ You are not a God who takes pleasure in evil; with you the wicked cannot dwell. 5 The arrogant cannot stand in your presence; …”
God is represented by the blazing, white cross of Jesus, in the centre of the scene. Around the cross is a group of worshippers, around them is a group of “the wicked”, which are cringing away from the strong light of God; covering there faces in cloaks and slinking away into the darkness.
Below is the rough sketch I used to establish the characters and their positions in this composition.
Initial, rough pencil sketch of this scene.
Below is Psalm 05 in the Message version, which is interesting to read.
Psalms 5:1-12 (MSG)
1 A David psalm
Listen, God! Please, pay attention!
Can you make sense of these ramblings,
2 my groans and cries?
King-God, I need your help.
3 Every morning
you’ll hear me at it again.
I lay out the pieces of my life
on your altar
and watch for fire to descend.
4 You don’t socialize with Wicked,
or invite Evil over as your houseguest.
5 Hot-Air-Boaster collapses in front of you;
you shake your head over Mischief-Maker.
6 God destroys Lie-Speaker;
Blood-Thirsty and Truth-Bender disgust you.
7 And here I am, your invited guest—
I enter your house; here I am,
prostrate in your inner sanctum,
8 Waiting for directions
to get me safely through enemy lines.
9 Every word they speak is a land mine;
their lungs breathe out poison gas.
Their throats are gaping graves,
their tongues slick as mudslides.
10 Pile on the guilt, God!
Let their so-called wisdom wreck them.
Kick them out! They’ve had their chance.
11 But you’ll welcome us with open arms
when we run for cover to you.
Let the party last all night!
Stand guard over our celebration.
12 You are famous, God, for welcoming God-seekers,
for decking us out in delight.