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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

  • A disciple
    Steve M; Neither Jesus nor any of the Apostles or Prophets ever went around only speaking Scriptures without teaching the sense and the meaning of the Sacred Text. We need to know what the Scripture means if we want to expound it to others; for how can someone believe in what they can't understand? When the Ethiopian Noble needed help understanding the meaning of the Scriptures, Philip explained.
  • A disciple
    Steve; I'm still not understanding; do you have something you want to say? Are you accusing me of all those things? You know that Proverb about a word FITLY SPOKEN? Tell me specifically what you think I write that's NOT of His Spirit, or that I speak out of my own mind. Give me ONE! You do not offend me but in part. But if what I write IS according to the Spirit's teaching, then why the hostility?
  • Steve morrow
    a disciple -- ISAIAH 30:1 woe to the rebellious children saith THE LORD that take counsel but not of ME and that cover with a covering BUT NOT OF MY SPIRIT that they may add sin to sin EZEKIEL 13:3 thus saith THE LORD GOD woe unto the foolish prophets that FOLLOW THEIR OWN SPIRIT and have seen nothing GALATIANS 3:3 are you so foolish having begun in the spirit are you now MADE PERFECT BY THE FLESH
  • Steve morrow
    a disciple -- 1 TIMOTHY 6:6 BUT GODLINESS WITH CONTENTMENT IS GREAT GAIN -- 6:3 -- if any man teach otherwise and consent not to wholesome words even the words of our LORD JESUS CHRIST and to the doctrine which is according to -- GODLINESS --6:4--he is proud.... JOHN 6:63 it is the spirit that quickeneth THE FLESH PROFITETH NOTHING the words that I speak unto you they are spirit and they are life
  • A disciple
    Steve M; Do I know who keeps erasing Scripture as if it doesn't exist?
  • Steve morrow
    a disciple --- do you know who it is that keeps erasing scripture ( as if it doesn't exist ) --- 2 PETER 1:3 according as HIS divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life --- AND GODLINESS --- through the knowledge of HIM that hath called us to glory and virtue PSALM 119:50 this is my comfort in my affliction for thy word hath quickened me
  • A disciple
    Steve Morrow; AMEN! But unless you finish your thought with me, how do I know whether you are using the Word to encourage and support me, or to cut me in pieces with it? I hope its for comfort and encouragement! What is the gist of my doctrine? By what Spirit do I frame my thoughts and try to bring out the sense and the meaning of the Scriptures? What does the Word mean to you? How do you read it?
  • Steve morrow
    a disciple --- JOHN 12:49 for I have not spoken of myself but THE FATHER which sent ME HE gave ME a commandment what I should say and what I should speak 1 CORINTHIANS 2:16 for who hath known the mind of THE LORD --- THAT HE MAY INSTRUCT HIM --- but we have the mind of CHRIST 1 CORINTHIANS 11:1 be you followers of me even as I also am of CHRIST

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