For you are not a God who is pleased with wickedness;
with you, evil people are not welcome.
The arrogant cannot stand
in your presence.
You hate all who do wrong;
you destroy those who tell lies.
The bloodthirsty and deceitful
you, Lord, detest.
But I, by your great love,
can come into your house;
in reverence I bow down
toward your holy temple. Psalm 5:4-7
David is making a clear contrast between the wicked and the righteous, e.g., himself. The difference between him and the Pharisee in Luke 18:9-14 story (Pharisee and Tax Collector both praying to God) is David knew his limitations. It’s not so evident in this Psalm but David knew his frailties. He knew when he was wrong and when he sinned.
Today, as you consider these words, think about how long it takes you to realize the “error of your ways.” Are you quick to repent, or do you prolong the obvious? If you’re like me, it’s the latter because I’ll find a dozen ways to justify my actions before I’ll “cry uncle.” Pity. So much time wasted trying to prove I’m right when I know deep down I’m not.