For the choir director; for flute accompaniment. A Psalm of David.

Give ear to my words, O Lord,
Consider my groaning. 

2  Heed the sound of my cry for help, my King and my God,
For to You I pray. 

3  In the morning, O Lord, You will hear my voice;
In the morning I will order my prayer to You and eagerly watch. (Psalm 5:1-3)


          As with quite a few of David’s Psalms, in this one we see him picturing himself (and, I’m sure, quite literally) turning to God for protection and deliverance from the unredeemed and wicked around him.  This is another individual lament, and the first instance of a Psalm with prayers for the personal downfall of the enemies.  Such Psalms have in view a situation where one is faced with bloodthirsty and deceitful persecutors. David is the attributed author, but there is no information on whether a particular experience of his was the occasion for the psalm.  It seems as though his intention was for this to be sung in one instance or another.
         The first one and a half verses indicate for us a couple things that kind of set the tone for what follows:
                             For the choir director; for flute accompaniment. A Psalm of David.
         This tells us three definite things that give a little color to what follows for us:
  1. “For the choir director” - not surprisingly informs us that this Psalm was designed to be sung, most likely in one relationship to the Tabernacle or another (remember that David had no direct part in the actual building of Solomon’s Temple; perhaps with the exception of communicating the need and the desire for the Temple to be constructed; and perhaps the setting up and providing of the start of the necessary provisions for that temple.
  2. “…for flute accompaniment.” Tells us that David, at least to some degree not only “the sweet singer of Israel” but also a musician/composer.  He had a specific idea just how he wanted this Psalm, when finally used for its’ intended purpose, ought to sound.  There would not only be the words, but the melody and manner of playing also.  It might also be that this Psalm was intended to be for use in a congregational setting as worshipful prayer offered together.
  3. We’re also told that this is Psalm of David.  Our information here is that this is one of David’s Psalms, written by him in its’ entirety.  There are quite a number of Psalms that are by others, so this is a valuable tidbit of info.
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