Psalm 7

Published on Saturday, 12 August 2017 04:40

Thank God he is our refuge from those who oppose us: ‘O LORD my God, in you do I take refuge; save me from all my pursuers and deliver me, lest like a lion they tear my soul apart, rending it in pieces, with none to deliver’ (verses 1-2).

Confess the possibility that we have done wrong: ‘O LORD my God, if I have done this, if there is wrong in my hands, if I have repaid my friend with evil or plundered my enemy without cause, let the enemy pursue my soul and overtake it, and let him trample my life to the ground and lay my glory in the dust’ (verses 3-5).

Ask the Lord to defend us in a public way: ‘Arise, O LORD, in your anger; lift yourself up against the fury of my enemies; awake for me; you have appointed a judgment. Let the assembly of the peoples be gathered about you; over it return on high’ (verses 6-7).
Ask the Lord to search our hearts: ‘The LORD judges the peoples; judge me, O LORD, according to my righteousness and according to the integrity that is in me’ (verse 8).

Pray for righteousness to flourish: ‘Oh, let the evil of the wicked come to an end, and may you establish the righteous—you who test the minds and hearts, O righteous God! (verse 9).

Thank God for his protection: ‘My shield is with God, who saves the upright in heart’ (verse 10).
Remember that God acts against sin: ‘God is a righteous judge, and a God who feels indignation every day. If a man does not repent, God will whet his sword; he has bent and readied his bow; he has prepared for him his deadly weapons, making his arrows fiery shafts’ (verses 11-13).
Think about what the wicked are like: ‘Behold, the wicked man conceives evil and is pregnant with mischief and gives birth to lies. He makes a pit, digging it out, and falls into the hole that he has made. His mischief returns upon his own head, and on his own skull his violence descends’ (verses 14-16).
Resolve to praise God for his consistency: ‘I will give to the LORD the thanks due to his righteousness, and I will sing praise to the name of the LORD, the Most High’ (verse 17).

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