AN INSTRUMENT OF RIGHTEOUSNESS
Psalm 5:1 [[To the chief Musician upon Nehiloth, A Psalm of David.]]Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my meditation.
Nehiloth means a flute. It also means to bore or perforate. How could the instrument make such a sweet sound without first being perforated? Could this speak to us of affliction of the soul or being crucified with Christ. It may also represent an instrument of righteousness which is simultaneously an instrument of praise!
David asked to Lord to give ear to his words and to consider his meditation. Meditation is simply fervor of the mind. Isaiah 26:3 reminds us that God will “keep [him] in perfect peace, [whose] mind [is] stayed [on thee]: because he trusteth in thee.” It is possible to be kept in perfect peace while we are being transformed by the renewing of our minds.
Trust God to allow the Redemptive Work of Christ to fulfill Itself in each of us individually and corporately. As this Process is ongoing, our souls (minds, wills, emotions) will be afflicted. We will experience the spiritual reality that we are crucified with Christ (Romans 6:6). Romans 6:18 continues, “Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.” As a servant (bondservant) with a hole bored in the ear, follow the instructions He whispers daily by His Spirit rendering unto Him a melody of praise heard only in the Spirit.