The quintessential example of a pure worshiper is King David. There are so many things that we can learn from his life. One of these phenomena deals with the enemies of pure worship.
Psalms 5 was written in regard to Doeg and Athithophel who were enemies of David. Both Dorg and Athithopel were guilty of causing bloodshed and permitting illegal marriages. Doeg caused the murder of the priests of Nob and permitted David’s wife Michal to marry another man – Palti. Ahithophel advised Absalom to kill his father David and to consort with his father’s concubines.
1 For the conductor, on the nechilos, a psalm of David. 2 Hear my words, HASHEM, perceive my thoughts. 3 Harken to the sound of my outcry; my King and my God, for to You [alone] do I pray. 4 HASHEM, at dawn, as I arrange [my prayer] before You, and I wait expectantly. 5 For You are not a God who desires wickedness, no evil sojourns with You. 6 Roisters cannot stand firm before Your eyes, You despise all evildoers. 7 May You doom the speakers of deception; HASHEM abhors a bloodthirsty and deceitful man. 8 But I, through Your abundant kindness I will enter Your House; I will prostrate myself toward Your Holy Sanctuary in awe of You. 9 HASHEM, guide me in Your righteousness, because of my watchful enemies; make Your way straight before me. 10 For there is no sincerity in the mouth of any of them, their inner [thought] is treacherous; their throat an open grave, their tongue is glib. 11 Declare them guilty, O God, may they fall short in their schemes; cast them away because of their many sins, for they have rebelled against You. 12 But all who take refuge in You will rejoice, forever they will sing joyously, You will shelter them; and those who love Your Name will exult in You. 13 When You will bless the righteous, HASHEM, You will envelop him with favor like a shield. ( Psalms 5:1-13 Tanach ).
Let’s pull out some general principles set forth in Psalms 5 with regard to the enemies of pure worship:
 Roisters cannot stand firm before Your eyes, You despise all evildoers.” (Psalms 5:6). Some of the enemies of pure worship are roisters who engage in noisy revelry, and/or they are simply rude. Rude implies that they are either ignorant of good form or indifferent to it. These roisters can operate with intentional discourtesy.
 “You despise all evildoers. May You doom speakers of deception” (Psalms 5:6-7). Although Doeg and Ahithophel engaged in the study of God’s Word, they perverted it to produce evil. Although they studied the minutest details of Torah, they did so with deceptive intentions and selfish gain. They perverted the truth in the Word of God to produce evil through deception and treachery.
 “For there is no sincerity in the mouth of any of them” (Psalms 5:10). These were the most dangerous enemies. They outwardly feigned friendship while in their hearts they were bitter implacable foes. These ones pretended to be friends while stabbing David in the back, spiritually speaking. They were not capable of being appeased. or being convicted so that they could be significantly changed.
 “Their throat is an open grave” (Psalms 5:10). The enemies of pure worshipers seek to swallow the fruits of other people’s labors: money, creative ideas, witty inventions, revelation about Scripture, anointings, ministries, businesses, etc. They are mammon motivated. Just as the open grave takes in a corpse, it’s their own dead end.
 “Their tongue is glib” (Psalms 5:10). The enemies of pure worshipers are slick and smooth talkers and takers. They seem harmless; but are extremely dangerous, especially to the undiscerning. Someone who is glib are marked by ease and fluency in speaking and writing often to the point of being insincere or deceitful, like a glib minister or glib politician. Can you say religious and political Babylon?! They also can be marked with a nonchalant demeanor of ease and informality.
 “Declare them guilty, O God!” (Psalms 5:11). Bring the enemies of pure worshipers to justice. Convict them of their guilt and cast them down from their positions of preeminence.
 “May they fall short in their schemes” (Psalms 5:11). May the enemies of pure worshipers own plots be the cause of their downfall, as in the case of Haman who prepared a gallow for Mordechai and was hanged upon it himself.
 “For they have rebelled against You” (Psalms 5:11). King David clarifies his many entreaties that he makes throughout the Psalms for the punishment of his enemies. It is not for his own honor that he demands punishment for his enemies, but rather David objects to their blatant refusal to accept YHVH’s will.
 “But all who take refuge in You will rejoice” (Psalms 5:12). When God Himself topples the wicked, all who trust in Him will rejoice and be glad! Hallelujah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
Give em heaven!!!
Written September 3, 2020 – Sapphire Throne Ministries – Robin Main. Copyrighted – If you are going to copy this, please copy it right by giving attributions to this source.
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