Psalms 7

The LORD Implored to Defend the Psalmist against the Wicked.

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A Shiggaion of David, which he sang to the LORD concerning Cush, a Benjamite.

1 LORD my God, 1in You I have taken refuge; Save me from all those who pursue me, and 2deliver me,
2 Or he will tear my soul 3like a lion, Dragging me away, while there is none to deliver.
3 O LORD my God, if I have done this, If there is 4injustice in my hands,
4 If I have 5rewarded evil to my friend, Or have 6plundered him who without cause was my adversary,
5 Let the enemy pursue my soul and overtake it; And let him trample my life down to the ground And lay my glory in the dust. Selah.
6 7Arise, O LORD, in Your anger; 8Lift up Yourself against 9the rage of my adversaries, And 10arouse Yourself for me; You have appointed judgment.
7 Let the assembly of the 11peoples encompass You, And over them return on high.
8 The LORD 12judges the peoples; 13Vindicate me, O LORD, according to my righteousness and my integrity that is in me.
9 O let 14the evil of the wicked come to an end, but 15establish the righteous; For the righteous God 16tries the hearts and minds.
10 My 17shield is with God, Who 18saves the upright in heart.
11 God is a 19righteous judge, And a God who has 20indignation every day.
12 If a man 21does not repent, He will 22sharpen His sword; He has 23bent His bow and made it ready.
13 He has also prepared for Himself deadly weapons; He makes His 24arrows fiery shafts.
14 Behold, he travails with wickedness, And he 25conceives mischief and brings forth falsehood.
15 He has dug a pit and hollowed it out, And has 26fallen into the hole which he made.
16 His 27mischief will return upon his own head, And his 28violence will descend upon his own pate.
17 I will give thanks to the LORD 29according to His righteousness And will 30sing praise to the name of the LORD Most High.

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Psalms 7 Commentary

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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.

Cross References 30

  • 1. Psalms 31:1; Psalms 71:1
  • 2. Psalms 31:15
  • 3. Psalms 57:4; Isaiah 38:13
  • 4. 1 Samuel 24:11
  • 5. Psalms 109:4, 5
  • 6. 1 Samuel 24:7; 1 Samuel 26:9
  • 7. Psalms 3:7
  • 8. Psalms 94:2
  • 9. Psalms 138:7
  • 10. Psalms 35:23; Psalms 44:23
  • 11. Psalms 22:27
  • 12. Psalms 96:13; Psalms 98:9
  • 13. Psalms 18:20; Psalms 26:1; Psalms 35:24; Psalms 43:1
  • 14. Psalms 34:21; Psalms 94:23
  • 15. Psalms 37:23; Psalms 40:2
  • 16. Psalms 11:4, 5; Jeremiah 11:20; Revelation 2:23
  • 17. Psalms 18:2, 30
  • 18. Psalms 97:10, 11; Psalms 125:4
  • 19. Psalms 50:6
  • 20. Psalms 90:9
  • 21. Psalms 58:5
  • 22. Deuteronomy 32:41
  • 23. Psalms 64:7
  • 24. Psalms 18:14; Psalms 45:5
  • 25. Job 15:35; Isaiah 59:4; James 1:15
  • 26. Job 4:8; Psalms 57:6
  • 27. Esther 9:25; Psalms 140:9
  • 28. Psalms 140:11
  • 29. Psalms 71:15, 16
  • 30. Psalms 9:2; Psalms 66:1, 2, 4

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