Scripture reading – Psalm 7
Scholars believe David wrote Psalm 7 as a reflection on a time he had become the object of slander and lies. The occasion of the psalm is stated in its title, and was composed regarding the attacks of one Cush the Benjamite. Who he was, or the reason for his malicious attack is not known; however, considering King Saul was a Benjamite, Cush’s motive for slandering David might have been fueled by his jealousy for the king. It must have been Cush’s proximity to the king that gave credence to his slanders, and subtly undermined David’s strained relationship with Saul.
Slandered, and accused of disloyalty, David appealed to the LORD for justice and vindication. (Note – the words in brackets are the amplification of this author.)
David’s Appeal to the LORD (7:1-2)
Psalm 7:1-2 – “O LORD my God, in thee do I put my trust [my refuge and hope]: save [deliver; help; preserve] me from all them that persecute [pursue; chase] me, and deliver [recover; defend; save] me: 2 Lest he tear [tear in pieces] my soul like a lion, rending it in pieces, while there is none to deliver [save].
It was not David’s body, but his soul that was to endure the attacks of those who would tear and shred his reputation (7:2). The attacks of an enemy are often deep and personal, leaving a leader feeling alone and vulnerable. In his sorrow, David cried out to the LORD, “O Lord my God, in thee do I put my trust” (7:1).
David’s Cry for Justice and Vindication (7:3-9)
Psalm 7:3-5 – “O LORD my God, if I have done this [the wrong of which he was accused]; if there be iniquity [wickedness; unrighteousness] in my hands; 4 If I have rewarded [recompensed; compensated] evil unto him that was at peace with me; (yea, I have delivered [take off; plundered] him that without cause is mine enemy [adversary]🙂 5 Let the enemy persecute [pursue; chase] my soul [life; person], and take [overtake; hold] it; yea, let him tread down [oppress; trample upon] my life upon the earth, and lay [settle]mine honour [glory; reputation] in the dust. Selah.”
I have learned the protestations of one’s innocence are usually to no avail. Many will believe the slander of a leader, rather than give weight to a lifetime of faithfulness. Accusers will attack one’s character, and assault his reputation, but the righteous must determine to trust the Lord for vindication. Such vindication is often a process of years, not days or months.
Psalm 7:6-8 – “Arise, O LORD, in thine anger, lift up [go forth, as one to meet an enemy] thyself because of the rage of mine enemies: and awake [stir up; raise up; incite] for me to the judgment [execute justice] thatthou hast commanded [charged; appointed]. 7 So shall the congregation of the people compass thee [the LORD] about: for their sakes [the sake of the people] therefore return [return again] thou on high [to dispense justice]. 8 The LORD shall judge [plead the cause; execute judgment] the people: judge [plead; avenge; vindicate] me, O LORD, according to my righteousness [justice; rightness before the law], and according to mine integrity [completeness; innocence; blameless] that is in me.”
With humility and confidence in God’s justice, David appealed to the LORD to be the judge of his enemies, and the vindicator of his rightness and integrity.
Psalm 7:9 – “Oh let the wickedness [sin; evil] of the wicked [ungodly; guilty] come to an end [cease; fail]; but establish [confirm] the just: for the righteous [just; lawful] God trieth [proves; tests; examines] the hearts and reins [i.e., mind; inward parts].” *
David made two requests in verse 9: 1) That the wicked would fail in their designs to destroy him. 2) That God, knowing his heart, would affirm his integrity, and establish his testimony.
Application: As you read this devotional, you may be on the verge of quitting. You may have suffered unjust attacks, and now bear the sorrow as one betrayed by those whom you trusted. At such a time, it is normal to feel abandoned, and alone; however, I encourage you to follow David’s example. Cry out to the LORD, knowing He is just, and will vindicate His servant in due time.
Be sure your sin will find you out! (7:10-17)
We find several insights into God’s nature in today’s study. The first, God is just (7:10-13).
Psalm 7:10-11 – My defence [shield] is of God, which saveth [delivers; preserves; gives victory] the upright [righteous; just] in heart [mind; understanding]. 11 God judgeth [pleads the cause; vindicates] the righteous [lawful; innocent], and God is angry [enraged; indignant] with the wicked every day.
David reminded himself, God is always Just in His dealings with the righteous and the wicked. He hears the cry of the upright, and comes to the defence of the righteous. He is their shield and deliverer (7:10). He vindicates the cause of the righteous, but the wicked provoke his anger (7:11). Indeed, let the wicked be forewarned: God is angry with them every day!
Psalm 7:12-13 – If he [the wicked] turn not [do not repent], he [God] will whet [sharpen] his sword; he [God] hath bent [draw; bend; string the bow] his bow, and made it ready [prepared]. 13 He [God] hath also prepared [readied] for him [the wicked] the instruments [weapons; vessels] of death; he [God] ordaineth [prepares] his arrows against the persecutors [i.e., those in pursuit].
Warning: Should the wicked continue in their ways, and refuse to repent, God promises to act as both judge and executioner (7:12-13).
Another truth is, the wicked will suffer the consequences of their sin (7:14-16).
Psalm 7:14-16 – Behold, he [the wicked] travaileth [struggles; labors] with iniquity [wickedness; sorrow], and hath conceived [i.e., planned; plotted] mischief [sin; trouble; sorrow], and brought forth [delivered; given birth to] falsehood [untruth; lies; untruths]. 15 He [the wicked] made [digged] a pit [trap; hole], and digged [search out; pry; explore] it, and is fallen [cast down; abandon] into the ditch [pit; grave] which he [the wicked] made. 16 His [the wicked] mischief [sin; iniquity; wickedness] shall return [go back] upon his own head, and his violent [cruelty; wrong] dealing shall come down [descend] upon his own pate [scalp; crown of his head].
The wicked take pleasure in sin for a season; however, they inevitably find that choices have consequences! The wicked reject God, despise His Word, and scorn His people. They plot against the saints, and through lies, deceit and wickedness assert their sinful ways and philosophies. They are spiritually blind to the reality that a just God will not withhold His judgment forever. In the words of Moses to Israel, the wicked can be assured, “your sin will find you out” (Number 32:23).
Psalm 7:17 – I will praise [give thanks] the LORD [Yahweh; Jehovah; Eternal God] according to his righteousness [justice; righteous cause]: and will sing praise [sing psalms] to the name [reputation; memory]of the LORD most high [Supreme; i.e., in the highest].
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