Psalm 7 - Our Reputation
Psalm 7 1O LORD my God, in thee do I put my trust: save me from all them that persecute me, and deliver me: 2Lest he tear my soul like a lion, rending it in pieces, while there is none to deliver. 3O LORD my God, If I have done this; if there be iniquity in my hands; 4If I have rewarded evil unto him that was at peace with me; (yea, I have delivered him that without cause is mine enemy:) 5Let 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. 6Arise, 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. 7So shall the congregation of the people compass thee about: for their sakes therefore return thou on high. 8The LORD shall judge the people: judge me, O LORD, according to my righteousness, and according to mine integrity that is in me. 9Oh let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end; but establish the just: for the righteous God trieth the hearts and reins. 10My defence is of God, which saveth the upright in heart. 11God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day. 12If he turn not, he will whet his sword; he hath bent his bow, and made it ready. 13He hath also prepared for him the instruments of death; he ordaineth his arrows against the persecutors. 14Behold, he travaileth with iniquity, and hath conceived mischief, and brought forth falsehood. 15He made a pit, and digged it, and is fallen into the ditch which he made. 16His mischief shall return upon his own head, and his violent dealing shall come down upon his own pate. 17I will praise the LORD according to his righteousness: and will sing praise to the name of the LORD most high.
Today's Scripture Meaning 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) Verses 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. Verses 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 threateneds, If he turn not from his evil way, let him expect it will be his ruin. But amidst the threatening 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, verse. (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.
Today's Scripture Application Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue in the Book of Psalm with Chapter 7. In our text today we see a theme of our desire to have justice of those who slander us with their words. In our Christian life we will have those who spread false accusations against us in an attempt to harm us. David was accused of doing the same toward Saul but learned that our Lord was his Reputation. He is judge and He will give us justice. Today we don't have to run around trying to defend ourselves but apply this same principle of letting the Lord Jesus being Our Reputation. How about you? Do you have others slandering you? Let us learn from our text today to remember that we don't have to seek our own justice but just stand behind our Lord, letting Him deliver His justice, and stand on the truth that Jesus is our reputation.
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