PSALMS ROAD TRIP: PSALM 7

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PSALM 7: THE RIGHTEOUS LOOK TO GOD, GOD LOOKS AFTER THE RIGHTEOUS.

What I love about this Psalm is the progression we see in David’s state of mind from the beginning of the Psalm to the end, and the process that he follows to get from inner turmoil to peace.

In the beginning, we see David’s total outrage and frustration, because he is being falsely accused and dishonoured by someone he refers to as “Cush of the Tribe of Benjamin”. He passionately calls on God for protection from his enemies, as he feels completely vulnerable. He is completely focused on the trauma of the injustice of his situation – obsessively re-examining his innocence and even inviting God to examine his heart and motives, and to ‘smite’ him if he’s at fault!

Finally, his outrage worn out, he takes an interlude – a pause to play music and reflect, and in that time, he changes his focus from his outrage and innocence, to God’s might and justice. He reminds himself that God is a mighty, righteous, and trustworthy judge, not just of individuals but of nations. He reminds himself that ‘the enemies of God’s people are also the enemies of God’ (the Daily Walk Bible, 2007), and he reminds himself of the inevitable end of those who are wicked, and unjust.

With all this fixed firmly once again in his mind, having reminded himself of the truth about the nature of God and about this situation, David can finally end on a peaceful note of praise and thanksgiving: “I will thank the Lord because he is just; / I will sing praise to the name of the Lord Most High.” God is still on the throne – He can be trusted to be just! – SHONA NEL

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