David acknowledges that his only claim to the right to enter into the presence of God is the abundance of God’s steadfast love. It’s God’s grace to sinners that make it possible for a man to come into His presence. David seems to speak a lot about God’s “steadfast love.” This is because David is well aware of his own sinfulness before God. He was an adulterer and a murderer. Paul also speaks of God’s “steadfast love.” He uses the idea of the “Grace of God” in his understanding of God’s steadfast love. Paul, too, recognized his own sinfulness. He calls himself the least of the apostles. He later calls himself the least of all the saints. Then in his last letters, he refers to himself as the greatest of sinners. But in his letter to the Corinthians, he says, “I am what I am by the Grace of God” (1 Corinthian 15:10). Both David and Paul acknowledge that there is a God to whom they are accountable. Both confess their sins and look to God for forgiveness. They know that God is a gracious God, always ready to forgive. But, both David and Paul live in a world where God is not acknowledged. The public denies God and His authority to direct their lives. Their only god is the lust of their flesh and the opinion of the crowds. David prays for God to deal with them. In Psalm 5:9-10 he says, “For there is no truth in their mouth; their inmost self is destruction; their throat is an open grave; they flatter with their tongue. Make them bear their guilt, O God; let them fall by their own counsels; because of the abundance of their transgressions, cast them out, for they have rebelled against you.”

There is no “truth” in their mouth. The nature of our culture today surely presents this in many ways. The Bible is clear on the gender issue. God created man in his own image, “Male and female created He them.” It’s argued today by some liberal theologians that this verse teaches that God created man without gender. No, God created mankind intentionally in two genders to be a blessing to them and to give them compatible partners with which to experience life together. The translators of the New English Translation of the Bible say, “There is no possibility that the verse is teaching that humans were first androgynous (having both male and female physical characteristics) and afterward were separated. The mention of male and female prepares for the blessing to follow.”[1] Even the obvious presence of the two genders in our world, as observed by everyone, is rejected. There is even a Supreme Court Justice who can’t or won’t answer the question, “What is a woman?” She said she wasn’t a biologist.

David prays that God will let them fall by their own counsels. I’m sure that Paul has this in mind when he writes to the Romans regarding homosexual and transexual issues. In Romans 1:22-27, He says, “Claiming to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things. Therefore, God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen. For this reason, God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature, and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.”

[1] Biblical Studies Press. 2006. The NET Bible First Edition Notes. Biblical Studies Press.