Psalms 7

Psalm 7

1

A shiggayon of David, which he sang to the LORD about Cush, a Benjaminite.

1 I take refuge in you, LORD, my God. Save me from all who chase me! Rescue me!
2 Otherwise, they will rip me apart, dragging me off with no chance of rescue.
3 LORD, my God, if I have done this— if my hands have done anything wrong,
4 if I have repaid a friend with evil or oppressed a foe for no reason—
5 then let my enemy not only chase but catch me, trampling my life into the ground, laying my reputation in the dirt. Selah
6 Get up, LORD; get angry! Stand up against the fury of my foes! Wake up, my God; you command that justice be done!
7 Let the assembled peoples surround you. Rule them from on high!
8 The LORD will judge the peoples. Establish justice for me, LORD, according to my righteousness and according to my integrity.
9 Please let the evil of the wicked be over, but set the righteous firmly in place because you, the righteous God, are the one who examines hearts and minds.
10 God is my shield; he saves those whose heart is right.
11 God is a righteous judge, a God who is angry at evil every single day.
12 If someone doesn't change their ways, God will sharpen his sword, will bend his bow, will string an arrow.
13 God has deadly weapons in store for those who won't change; he gets his flaming arrows ready!
14 But look how the wicked hatch evil, conceive trouble, give birth to lies!
15 They make a pit, dig it all out, and then fall right into the hole that they've made!
16 The trouble they cause will come back on their own heads; the violence they commit will come down on their own skulls.
17 But I will thank the LORD for his righteousness; I will sing praises to the name of the LORD Most High.

Images for Psalms 7

Psalms 7 Commentary

Chapter 7

The psalmist prays to God to plead his cause, and judge for him. (1-9) He expresses confidence in God, and will give him the glory of his deliverance. (10-17)

Verses 1-9 David flees to God for succour. But Christ alone could call on Heaven to attest his uprightness in all things. All His works were wrought in righteousness; and the prince of this world found nothing whereof justly to accuse him. Yet for our sakes, submitting to be charged as guilty, he suffered all evils, but, being innocent, he triumphed over them all. The plea is, "For the righteous God trieth the hearts and the reins." He knows the secret wickedness of the wicked, and how to bring it to an end; he is witness to the secret sincerity of the just, and has ways of establishing it. When a man has made peace with God about all his sins, upon the terms of grace and mercy, through the sacrifice of the Mediator, he may, in comparison with his enemies, appeal to God's justice to decide.

Verses 10-17 David is confident that he shall find God his powerful Saviour. The destruction of sinners may be prevented by their conversion; for it is threatened, If he turn not from his evil way, let him expect it will be his ruin. But amidst the threatenings of wrath, we have a gracious offer of mercy. God gives sinners warning of their danger, and space to repent, and prevent it. He is slow to punish, and long-suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish. The sinner is described, ver. ( 14-16 ) , as taking more pains to ruin his soul than, if directed aright, would save it. This is true, in a sense, of all sinners. Let us look to the Saviour under all our trials. Blessed Lord, give us grace to look to thee in the path of tribulation, going before thy church and people, and marking the way by thine own spotless example. Under all the persecutions which in our lesser trials mark our way, let the looking to Jesus animate our minds and comfort our hearts.

Footnotes 4

  • [a]. Perhaps lament
  • [b]. Or for my sake
  • [c]. Correction; MT Come back to be exalted over them.
  • [d]. Heb lacks at evil.

Chapter Summary

Psalms 7 Commentaries

Copyright © 2011 Common English Bible