I am finally rejoining my Psalms study after some life interruptions forced me to take some time away from it.
Today I will be discussing Psalms 7. I’ve discovered that the length of some of the Psalms will not be conducive to an exhaustive breakdown of the entire text. So I’ve decided that I will mainly just speak on specific sections that seem to impact me where I am in my own journey at the time. So here is Psalms 7:
The over-arching theme of this Psalm is God’s perfect justice, both on the righteous and the unrighteous. In this particular instance, the Psalmist isn’t declaring sinlessness, but innocence of a specific accusation against him. Have you ever heard someone say, “If I have done this, may lightning strike me dead!”? This is basically what David is saying here. He knows he is innocent and he knows that GOD knows he is innocent.
Sometimes there are accusers in our lives who would rip us to shreds with lies, slander, and malicious gossip. Like David, we know the truth. Likely those who love us know the truth, and we can trust God to uphold us in our innocence and to impart justice on the wicked who would seek to destroy us.
Today, many people want to declare God’s love and mercy without equally acknowledging his anger and vengeance on the wicked. Their focus is on a “god” whose only attributes are love, kindness, gentleness, and patience. Those are attributes of God that we are so grateful for. Romans 2:4 tells us that His kindness is what brings us to repentance.
“Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and restraint and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance?“
However many do not want to ever focus on the side of God that is wrathful. We only want the parts of God that are appealing to our sense of what is good and fair. But HE is good. All of Him. His love is good AND his anger is good. His wrath is righteous. And some will incur it. Verses 11-16 tells us of God’s justice on the unrepentant.
11 God is a righteous judge,
And a God who shows indignation every day.
12 If one does not repent, He will sharpen His sword;
He has bent His bow and taken aim.
13 He has also prepared deadly weapons for Himself;
He makes His arrows fiery shafts.
14 Behold, an evil person is pregnant with injustice,
And he conceives harm and gives birth to lies.
15 He has dug a pit and hollowed it out,
And has fallen into the hole which he made.
16 His harm will return on his own head,
And his violence will descend on the top of his own head.
Some don’t like the thought of God sharpening a sword and pulling back a bow loaded with flaming arrows, ready to pronounce judgement. They don’t believe this kind of God is attractive to the world, so they don’t speak of the wrath that is coming for the unrepentant. But Psalms 7 tells us that without repentance for our sin, we fall into our own snare pit that we have dug for ourselves. Without godly sorrow for our sins and confessing Christ as Lord we await the horrendous eternity that is ahead for us. Without knowing the bad news, how can we rejoice in knowing the good news?
God IS coming for the wicked. His justice is perfect. Not a societal perception of justice based on equity and earthly “fairness”. But a righteous justice, where what matters is not someone’s level of being treated fairly or unfairly on this earth. We will ALL be judged justly by God’s only requirement for justification: Have we put our faith in Christ?
God will fight for us. He knows about those who come against us and we can trust Him to have our backs when there are those who would treat us with contempt and hatred. And they will. Look what happened to the apostles. We likely won’t be faced with martyrdom ( But we COULD ). But if we are living a life that is faithful to Christ we can depend on being mocked and hated by the World. They want to DESTROY us. Especially if we are at all bold in our profession of Christ. Worldly people don’t like when Christians take a stand, and they won’t tolerate it. And they will come after us with venomous vitriol. We may not be burned at the stake or thrown to the lions. But we will have our bakeries shut down. Or our photography businesses. They will try to shut down our churches. Or put pastors in jail because they don’t “conform”. We will be excoriated on social media. Or canceled altogether. Our lives can be seemingly destroyed by persecution from the wicked. But we have this hope:
8 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.- 2 Corinthians 4:8-9
He is watching. He sees what His faithful are enduring. He will avenge His own. His bow is pulled back. His blade is being sharpened.
Until then, trust and rest in His perfect, righteous justice.