Psalms 7

Prayer for Justice

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

1 Lord my God, I seek refuge in You; save me from all my pursuers and rescue me,
2 or they[a] will tear me like a lion,[b] ripping me apart, with no one to rescue me.[c]
3 Lord my God, if I have done this, if there is injustice on my hands,
4 if I have done harm to one at peace with me or have plundered[d] my adversary without cause,
5 may an enemy pursue and overtake me; may he trample me to the ground and leave my honor in the dust. Selah
6 Rise up, Lord, in Your anger; lift Yourself up against the fury of my adversaries; awake for me;[e] You have ordained[f] a judgment.
7 Let the assembly of peoples gather around You; take Your seat[g] on high over it.
8 The Lord judges the peoples; vindicate me, Lord, according to my righteousness and my integrity.[h] [i]
9 Let the evil of the wicked come to an end, but establish the righteous. The One who examines the thoughts and emotions[j] is a righteous God.[k]
10 My shield is with God, who saves the upright in heart.
11 God is a righteous judge, and a God who executes justice every day.
12 If anyone does not repent, God will sharpen His sword; He has strung His bow and made it ready.
13 He has prepared His deadly weapons; He tips His arrows with fire.
14 See, he is pregnant with evil, conceives trouble, and gives birth to deceit.
15 He dug a pit and hollowed it out, but fell into the hole he had made.
16 His trouble comes back on his own head, and his violence falls on the top of his head.
17 I will thank the Lord for His righteousness; I will sing about the name of the Lord, the Most High.

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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.

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