Psalm 7

Greetings!  I thought we’d do Psalms this week then tackle Leviticus (Yes, Leviticus!).  Here’s  an overview of Psalms.

This is a Psalm of King David, who wrote it when he was being pursued by King Saul’s men (King Saul initially liked David but later became insanely jealous and tried to kill him).  David is confident in his innocence in this matter and asks for God’s judgment against his enemies. 

The Bible Knowledge Commentary pointed out that verse 2 is the first of many instances in the Psalms where the author cries out for God to rescue him. 

God notices every injustice and asks us to let him take vengeance (Romans 12:19 Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord).  Note that He does give governments authority to punish (Romans 13 and other places).  We can trust him as our shield and give him thanks for all He has done, is doing and will do for us.

1 O Lord my God, I take refuge in you; save and deliver me from all who pursue me,

2 or they will tear me like a lion and rip me to pieces with no one to rescue me.

3 O Lord my God, if I have done this and there is guilt on my hands—

4 if I have done evil to him who is at peace with me or without cause have robbed my foe—

5 then let my enemy pursue and overtake me; let him trample my life to the ground

and make me sleep in the dust. Selah

6 Arise, O Lord, in your anger; rise up against the rage of my enemies.

Awake, my God; decree justice.

7 Let the assembled peoples gather around you.  Rule over them from on high;

8 let the Lord judge the peoples.  Judge me, O Lord, according to my righteousness,

according to my integrity, O Most High.

9 O righteous God, who searches minds and hearts, bring to an end the violence of the wicked and make the righteous secure.

10 My shield is God Most High, who saves the upright in heart.

11 God is a righteous judge, a God who expresses his wrath every day.

12 If he does not relent, he will sharpen his sword;  he will bend and string his bow.

13 He has prepared his deadly weapons; he makes ready his flaming arrows.

14 He who is pregnant with evil and conceives trouble gives birth to disillusionment.

15 He who digs a hole and scoops it out falls into the pit he has made.

16 The trouble he causes recoils on himself; his violence comes down on his own head.

17 I will give thanks to the Lord because of his righteousness and will sing praise to the name of the Lord Most High.

Reflect on what stood out to you in this reading and share your comments and questions if you like.

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