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Psalm 7

Jorine Johnson

A Shiggaion of David, which he sang to the Lord concerning the words of Cush, a Benjaminite.

1 O Lord my God, in you do I take refuge;

    save me from all my pursuers and deliver me,

2 lest like a lion they tear my soul apart,

  rending it in pieces, with none to deliver.

3 O Lord my God, if I have done this,

    if there is wrong in my hands,

4 if I have repaid my friend with evil

or plundered my enemy without cause,

5 let the enemy pursue my soul and overtake it,

    and let him trample my life to the ground

    and lay my glory in the dust. Selah

6 Arise, O Lord, in your anger;

lift yourself up against the fury of my enemies;

 awake for me; you have appointed a judgment.

7 Let the assembly of the peoples be gathered about you;

    over it return on high.

8 The Lord judges the peoples;

    judge me, O Lord, according to my righteousness

    and according to the integrity that is in me.

9 Oh, let the evil of the wicked come to an end,

    and may you establish the righteous—

you who test the minds and hearts,

    O righteous God!

10 My shield is with God,

 who saves the upright in heart.

11 God is a righteous judge,

and a God who feels indignation every day.

12 If a man does not repent, God will whet his sword;

  he has bent and readied his bow;

13 he has prepared for him his deadly weapons,

    making his arrows fiery shafts.

14 Behold, the wicked man conceives evil

    and is pregnant with mischief

    and gives birth to lies.

15 He makes a pit, digging it out,

and falls into the hole that he has made.

16 His mischief returns upon his own head,

  and on his own skull his violence descends.

17 I will give to the Lord the thanks due to his righteousness,

 and I will sing praise to the name of the Lord, the Most High.

David experienced some of the greatest accomplishments as the young shepherd boy defeating a mighty giant, a wealthy king, military success, a great worship leader, a man after God’s own heart, and his kingdom established and continued by Jesus Christ in the line of David. But David experienced some of the greatest trials and tribulations especially ones though no fault of his own. In Psalm 7, we read of his song and prayer of David, concerning Cush, a Benjaminite, who we can assume belongs to King Saul, also a fellow Benjamite, and has committed injustices against David in the way that is unfair and unwarranted.

But David does not wallow in his misery or even take action against his “pursuers,” but instead rests in the great justice of God. He finds no advocate to speak on his behalf as the king will not listen to his pleas of innocence (multiple times did David share his innocence, but to no avail). So David, turns to the real king of Israel who is the true judge, impartial, righteous, and advocates on David’s behalf (God brings judgement against Saul and restores David). 

We may find ourselves in similar situations: oppressed by wicked people, persecuted though no wronging we have committed, slandered, accused, betrayed, and living in a society controlled by leaders that may not always be fair to the plight of those that follow Jesus. That certainly was true for the believers in the early church and even now those that find themselves suffering for their faith whether it be India, China, or places in Africa. But the great assurance as believers is that we have a perfect advocate in our defense when injustices occur against us. No matter the opinions of others, we are righteous in His sight, and we stand clean and innocent before His eyes because the price was paid for us. We have a good, impartial, and just God that sees our pain, knows our vulnerabilities, and stands in agreement in our innocence. 

And that is the reason we “give to the Lord the thanks due to his righteousness, and [we] will sing praise to the name of the Lord, the Most High." Hallelujah, that we serve a just God. 

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