Psalm 7:1-17 (NLT)1 I come to you for protection, O LORD my God. Save me from my persecutors—rescue me!2 If you don’t, they will maul me like a lion, tearing me to pieces with no one to rescue me.3 O LORD my God, if I have done wrong or am guilty of injustice,4 if I have betrayed a friend or plundered my enemy without cause,5 then let my enemies capture me. Let them trample me into the ground and drag my honor in the dust. Interlude
6 Arise, O LORD, in anger! Stand up against the fury of my enemies! Wake up, my God, and bring justice!7 Gather the nations before you. Rule over them from on high.8 The LORD judges the nations. Declare me righteous, O LORD, for I am innocent, O Most High!9 End the evil of those who are wicked, and defend the righteous. For you look deep within the mind and heart, O righteous God.10 God is my shield, saving those whose hearts are true and right.11 God is an honest judge. He is angry with the wicked every day.12 If a person does not repent, God will sharpen his sword; he will bend and string his bow.13 He will prepare his deadly weapons and shoot his flaming arrows.14 The wicked conceive evil; they are pregnant with trouble and give birth to lies.15 They dig a deep pit to trap others, then fall into it themselves.16 The trouble they make for others backfires on them. The violence they plan falls on their own heads.17 I will thank the LORD because he is just; I will sing praise to the name of the LORD Most High.
This psalm appears to be in response to David being accused by Cush a Benjaminite. Cush was of the same tribe as King Saul, and the accusation may have been treason. David proclaims his innocence and asks God to deliver him. He is convinced that God has heard and will clear his name and judge his accusers. David ends this psalm, as he does many of them, in praise
David ended this Psalm, which began in doom and gloom, in high praise. He could praise because he took his cause to God and in faith left it there. That’s the application for us today. It doesn’t matter if the trial is one of our own making or one caused by a family member, friend, enemy, or Satan himself We can take our cause to God and rest knowing that God is on the side of the righteous, He is good, He will never leave or forsake us, He loves us, and will deliver us.
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Donald Jacobs is an ordained minister with the spiritual gift of teaching. He is the Associate Pastor of a non-denominational church in Los Angeles, CA.