Psalm 5:11 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Psalm 5:11, NIV: "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."

Psalm 5:11, ESV: "But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy, and spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may exult in you."

Psalm 5:11, KJV: "But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee."

Psalm 5:11, NASB: "But rejoice, all who take refuge in You, Sing for joy forever! And may You shelter them, That those who love Your name may rejoice in You."

Psalm 5:11, NLT: "But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them sing joyful praises forever. Spread your protection over them, that all who love your name may be filled with joy."

Psalm 5:11, CSB: "But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them shout for joy forever. May you shelter them, and may those who love your name boast about you."

What does Psalm 5:11 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Recent verses have focused on the sins of David's enemies, and his prayers that God would bring holy judgment (Psalm 5:9–10). Here, he turns his attention back to a prayer for the righteous. He asks that all who entrust their lives to God be able to rejoice. Despite his troubles (2 Samuel 15:13–14), David possessed joy because his life was in the Lord's hands. He wanted others to express their joy in knowing God was their protection.

As a psalmist of Israel, David wrote poetry set to music and offering praise to the Lord. Modern Christians have a great heritage of hymns and choruses. In addition to meditating on God's written Word, we can draw closer to the Lord by mulling over the words of hymns and choruses that honor Him.

David prays in this verse for the Lord's protection to cover the righteous. He calls upon those who love the Lord's name to exult in Him. The Lord's "name" represents God's character and reputation. Knowing that the Lord is holy, gracious, merciful, and faithful to His promises should lead us, too, to exult in Him.