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1 (Shiggaion of David, which he sang unto the LORD, concerning the words of Cush the Benjamite.) O LORD my God, in thee do I put my trust: save me from all them that persecute me, and deliver me:

2 Lest he tear my soul like a lion, rending it in pieces, while there is none to deliver.

3 O LORD my God, if I have done this; if there be iniquity in my hands;

4 If I have rewarded evil unto him that was at peace with me; (yea, I have delivered him that without cause is mine enemy:)

5 Let the enemy persecute my soul, and take it; yea, let him tread down my life upon the earth, and lay mine honour in the dust. Selah.

6 Arise, O LORD, in thine anger, lift up thyself because of the rage of mine enemies: and awake for me to the judgment that thou hast commanded.

7 So shall the congregation of the people compass thee about: for their sakes therefore return thou on high.

8 The LORD shall judge the people: judge me, O LORD, according to my righteousness, and according to mine integrity that is in me.

9 Oh let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end; but establish the just: for the righteous God trieth the hearts and reins.

10 My defence is of God, which saveth the upright in heart.

11 God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day.

12 If he turn not, he will whet his sword; he hath bent his bow, and made it ready.

13 He hath also prepared for him the instruments of death; he ordaineth his arrows against the persecutors.

14 Behold, he travaileth with iniquity, and hath conceived mischief, and brought forth falsehood.

15 He made a pit, and digged it, and is fallen into the ditch which he made.

16 His mischief shall return upon his own head, and his violent dealing shall come down upon his own pate.

17 I will praise the LORD according to his righteousness: and will sing praise to the name of the LORD most high.

Commentary for Psalms 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)

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.

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.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Psalms 7

  • Brianna
    These dirges show the depth of David's relationship with his God, Jehovah. Even as a king, with fearsome warriors at his side, he turned to God to be his rescuer. This shows the need to really cultivate a TRUE relationship with God. Not a superficial one based off emotions, but one based of the convincing truth that God is a savior to his people, and that he will help us if we are obedient.
  • Steve morrow
    PSALM 7:10 my defense is of GOD which saveth the upright in heart --7:11-- GOD JUDGETH THE RIGHTEOUS AND GOD IS ANGRY WITH THE WICKED EVERY DAY PSALM 15:1 LORD who shall abide in thy tabernacle who shall dwell in thy holy hill --15:2-- he that walketh uprightly and worketh righteousness and speaketh truth in his heart
  • Hazel Carty
    God is good all the time all the time God is good
  • Kathy Stephenson
    What is interpretation of verse 11. Saying the Lord is angry at the wicked everyday.
  • Steve morrow
    PSALM 7:11 GOD JUDGETH THE RIGHTEOUS AND GOD IS ANGRY WITH THE WICKED EVERY DAY 1 THESSALONIANS for GOD hath not called us unto uncleanness but unto holiness JOHN 15:3 NOW YOU ARE CLEAN THROUGH THE WORD WHICH I HAVE SPOKEN UNTO YOU MARK 7:7 howbeit in vain do they worship me teaching for doctrines the commandments of men
  • A dsiciple
    "The LORD shall judge the people: judge me, O LORD, according to my righteousness, and according to mine integrity that is in me." According to some forms of religion the offering of Cain or the prayer of the Pharisee would be nothing even to question. The world is filled with people who want to be productive and responsible and have made a way for making themselves righteous by some imagined moral superiority over others. But God searches the innermost self and the thoughts and intents of all our hearts, without respect of persons. It is to Him and to the cause of His Anointed, our Saviour Jesus, that we are evaluated and nothing else instead will move Him to favor or preference.
  • A disciple
    Bill (cont.); My complaint is that you will not respond as a brother to me, not to ensure we're both right with each other, or even to explain better what I may have misunderstood. Instead you stand behind a stone wall of silence, except to attack out of the ambush! That's my perception. But what have I really written that you think is unscriptural or not of the Spirit's thoughts?
  • A disciple
    Bill; I have really tried to reach out to you on so many occasions; and you don't answer what I write to you! The Lord said, If your brother trespass against you, go and tell him his fault. If he repent, forgive him. If he refuses to hear, take one or two for witnesses, and rehearse in their ears. If he still won't hear, bring it before the Assembly. After that there's nothing left of brotherhood.
  • Mild Bill
    Our words should differ from the words and ill intentions of unsaved people.People of this world who are spiritually dead,flail about to the hurt of believers,who tire of the condition the world is in,people who will suffer infliction of sin,like as,they bring on others every day.Believers are God's witness,see God's worthiness,Jesus,our savior,died for sin.They are in peril,we live by grace,saved
  • A disciple
    "Oh let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end; but establish the just: for the righteous God tries the hearts and reins (mind, interior self). My defense is of God, which saves the upright in heart." God is not deceived by any false sentimentality concerning the wicked and their works; and He has put a difference between His people and those who will not come to Jesus for mercy and healing.

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Bible Trivia

Who was Psalm 7 written about?
  • Saul
  • Cush
  • Goliath
  • Jonathan