Discover Psalm 7 Commentary in detail, with their Bible study and explained, as well as their meaning in the Catholic Bible among others.
O Lord my God, I have put my trust in you;
save me from all who persecute me, and deliver me,
lest he snatch away my soul like a lion
that tears in pieces, and there is no one to deliver me.
O Lord my God, if I have done this,
if there is iniquity in my hands,
if I have paid badly to the one who was at peace with me,
if I have spoiled him who was my enemy without a cause,
Let the enemy pursue my soul and overtake it,
and put my life on the ground
and put my honor in the dust. Selah
Arise, O Lord, in your anger!
Rise up against the wrath of my adversaries
and awaken the judgment you have commanded for me.
And a congregation of peoples will surround you;
on it become on high.
Jehovah will judge the peoples.
Judge me, O Lord, according to my uprightness
and according to my integrity.
Now end the wickedness of the wicked and establish the righteous;
for the just God tests the heart and mind.
My shield is in God,
who saves the upright in heart.
God is a just judge,
and he is a God who is indignant with the wicked every day.
If he does not repent, God will sharpen his sword;
stretched he already has his bow and has prepared it.
He has also prepared for him weapons of death;
he has carved his fiery arrows.
Behold, the wicked travails with iniquity;
it conceives evil and gives birth to deception.
Well he has dug and made it deep;
and he will fall into the pit that he made.
His iniquity will fall on his head,
and his violence will descend on his own crown.
I will praise the LORD according to his righteousness,
and will sing to the name of the LORD Most High.
Psalm 7 Meaning
The meaning of Psalm 7 is very interesting, it speaks to us throughout the Psalm about the justice of God, for example justice divided into parts such as: defined, demonstrated and experienced.
Psalm 7 Commentary
The problems are as big as one wants to see them. Do you know people who make a storm in a glass of water? These types of people see small difficulties as if they were huge obstacles. They have a distorted perspective on problems. One person who is an example of looking at problems in their true dimension was David. In Psalm 7 in its first part, he is going to show us how we can learn to place problems in their true dimension so as not to see them bigger than they are nor smaller than they are.
So let’s open our Bible to Psalm 7. This time we will limit ourselves to the first 9 verses. Before examining the content of this biblical passage, let’s take a look at the overwriting of this psalm.
It goes like this: Sigaion of David, who sang to Jehovah about the words of Cush son of Benjamin.
The word Sigaión does not have a very clear meaning. It seems to be an allusion to a mystical song. This song was sung by David and the central theme revolves around the baseless accusations made against him by a man named Cush from the tribe of Benjamin. It is assumed, to some extent gratuitously, that this Cush was a high official of Saul and that he played an important role in the persecution of David.
All right, having said that, let’s examine the content of this part of Psalm 7. What we find is that as a result of the problem caused by Cush, accusing David unfoundedly, David gives three looks, the order of which is vital that we consider it carefully.
First a look at God, second a look at himself and third a look at his enemies. Pay attention to order because it is important. Seeing himself in the middle of the difficulty, in the middle of the fire of trial, in the middle of the big problem, David did not set his sights on the problems but on God who is in control of the problems. The same should be done by you and me. In order not to allow problems to appear bigger than they are, or smaller than they are, it is necessary to take our eyes off the problems and fix our gaze on God.
- David set his sights on God when he found himself in trouble.
Psalm 7: 1-2 says, “Jehovah my God, I have put my trust in you; save me from all who persecute me, and deliver me, lest they tear my soul apart like a lion, and tear me apart, and there is no one to save me.”
David knows he’s in trouble, David knows that this guy named Cush had seriously accused him. Far from taking justice into his own hand, calling a meeting to clarify things and publish throughout the land that he was innocent of what they accused him of, David sets his sights on God. In a very tender and personal way, he says to God: My God, I have trusted you. I have no power to face my enemies. I cannot wash my name by myself. Lord fight for me. Save me from all those who persecute me, from all those who seek my life to kill me. Deliver me from them because if you don’t, they will overtake me like a lion to prey and tear me apart without mercy. David is taking advantage of the power of God to be delivered. David is setting his sights on God.
Some years ago, I was the subject of unfounded accusations from anonymous people. My first reaction was to investigate who those accusations originated from to give them what they deserved.
Then I thought about how to defend myself so that my name does not continue to be trampled on. At some point I thought to publish a press release in the newspapers to explain that all the accusations against me were false. Oh how much harm false accusations can do. But thank God that I thought about it and like David I took my cause to the throne of grace.
I said to God: Lord, you know that all this is pure falsehood. Lord, you know who started all this and for what purpose. Oh Lord, you fight for me. Lord, I entrust you with my defense. I cannot do anything else but stand still and wait on you. This was the beginning of the solution to the problem. God took it upon himself to stop the false rumors and restore my honor. I imagine that God has more than rewarded those who attacked me. Thank God I never really knew who they were. Something similar is what David is doing by setting his gaze on God. David wants God to take care of his situation.
- David put his gaze on himself.
Psalm 7: 3-5 says: “Lord my God, if I have done this, if there is iniquity in my hands; if I have paid badly to the one who was at peace with me (Formerly I have delivered the one who was my enemy without cause), let the enemy pursue my soul and overtake it; let him strike my life on the ground, and lay my honor in the dust. “
Sometimes the problems that come into our life are a direct consequence of our sin. That is why it is recommended that every time a difficult situation comes into your life, after looking at God, you look at yourself, at your heart, to see if there is any unconfessed sin, any improper thought, some attitude contrary to the word of God. If you find something wrong there, inside, only where you and God can enter, then it is necessary to recognize it and confess it and it is very likely that the problem you have will be solved.
David looked at himself, and saw that everything they said about him was false. His hands were clean of what they accused him of; there was no indication that he had betrayed anyone. Rather, he had done favors for those who did not deserve it. Perhaps this was an allusion to the occasion when he spared Saul’s life. Therefore, by looking at himself, David does not find a hidden sin. If he had hidden sin, David says it would be good for the enemy to chase him and overtake him, throw him to the ground and humiliate him and end up putting his honor in the dust. This would be the deserved payment of his evil. But since David was innocent of everything he was accused of, then it was not fair to be persecuted. That is why David is now going to set his sights on his enemies.
- David then turns his gaze to the enemy.
Now he was in perfect condition to deal with the enemy.
Psalm 7: 6-9 says: “Arise, O Lord, in your anger; arise against the fury of my enemies, and awaken in my behalf the judgment that you commanded. A congregation of peoples will surround you, and sit on it again. on high. The LORD will judge the peoples; judge me, O LORD, according to my righteousness, and according to my integrity. Now let the wickedness of the wicked perish, but you establish the righteous, for the righteous God tests the mind and heart. “
David sees his enemies as wild dogs that hound him. It speaks of the fury of its anguishmen. But there is no reason to be afraid, because Jehovah your God is there, who will rise up in his anger. Jehovah is ready to pour out his judgment on David’s enemies. David then turns to God to declare him innocent of all the accusations of his enemies, as the just Judge that he is. David sees God summoning the nations and sitting in the high place, on the Judge’s throne. From there, Jehovah will judge David. The judgment will be according to the justice and integrity of David. This does not mean that David felt absolutely righteous and holy and free from all sin.
Only God is just, holy and free from all sin. What David is saying is that he was innocent of all that barrage of false accusations that he had leveled against him. Since David knew that he was clean of all accusations, he is sure that the verdict of the just Judge, Jehovah, will be in his favor. That is why he says: Perish or die or disappear the wickedness of the wicked, of their enemies and establish me because I am innocent or just in what they have accused me of. God is someone who is not only guided by actions but can discern what is in the mind and heart of man. That is to say, in the most intimate part of the human being.
What to do in the face of adversity? Before looking at how serious or how severe adversity is, we must look at God who is in control of adversity, then look at ourselves to see if adversity is the result of some sin that we have committed, only there should we evaluate adversity to leave it in God’s hands for him to take over. He certainly knows how to handle adversity because ultimately, it was He who designed it and brought it to serve a good purpose in our lives. Enunciating and understanding this principle is very simple, but it is another thing to put it into practice. I challenge you to do so. Works!.
The law of sowing and reaping is an inviolable principle of God. The Bible says in Galatians 6: 7: “Do not be deceived; God cannot be mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.”
The banker and his associates who abused the money of the bank’s depositors led the bank into bankruptcy. The president of the country who had improper sexual relations with a woman who was not his wife, brought shame to himself, his family and his country. The public official who received a bribe was caught and put on trial under the laws of his country. What was done in secret, sometimes comes to light and is not only known but is repressed. It is the consequence of sin. The Bible tells us a lot about what we have called the law of sowing and reaping. One of the psalms that deals with this subject is precisely Psalm 7.
In our previous Bible study, we studied the first nine verses. As a background, we will say that David, the author of the psalm, was the subject of false accusations made by an individual named Cush, from the tribe of Benjamin. The accusations must have been of such magnitude that they made a great impact on David’s life. How did David handle this problem? We said that he turned his gaze first to God, then to himself, and last to his enemies. In this way, David put the problem in proper perspective.
Having done this, in the remainder of the psalm, in verses 10-17, David goes on to speak of God’s reaction to the wicked and God’s retribution for the wicked. God is attentive to the behavior of the human being, it does not matter if it is a believer or an unbeliever.
Let’s read verses 10-13 of Psalm 7, it says like this: “My shield is in God, who saves the upright in heart. God is a just judge, and God is angry with the wicked every day. If he does not repent, he he will sharpen his sword; he has already armed his bow, and has prepared it. Likewise he has prepared weapons of death, and has carved fiery arrows. “
Well, David begins his exposition of God’s reaction to the wicked, by confirming his trust in God. The thought that David expresses with these words is beautiful: My shield is in God. The shield was an indispensable defense instrument of a soldier of the past. A soldier without a shield was comparable to being naked. David was a man of war and knew the importance of having a good shield when defending himself. Shields were made of various materials and various shapes. But for David there was no better shield than God.
With God as a shield there was no reason to fear no matter how strong the enemy is. Nothing and no one could evade the defense of God as a shield. But this shield was not available to anyone. That is why David goes on to say that God saves the upright in heart. For David to benefit from the shield that is God, David must first have a right heart before God. This is more than knowing the word of God, it is more than practicing the word of God, it is really being in close communion with the God of the word.
But here comes the question: What about those who do not have a right heart before God? Well, in that case, God, instead of being a shield, an instrument of defense, is an arsenal of war to attack the wicked.
David says: God is a just Judge. He cannot go wrong when issuing a ruling. He cannot be biased when passing sentence.
The Bible says that God is angry with the wicked every day. This may surprise many. Anger is always thought to be a sin. How is God angry? But the anger it is simply a reaction of displeasure at something that, in the case of God, threatens his holiness.
The sin of the wicked violates the holiness of God and therefore it is natural that God is angry with the wicked every day. But the wrath of God against the wicked is not only a feeling of displeasure, but also a willingness to punish the wicked. That is why the passage read says that if the wicked do not repent, God will sharpen the sword, arm his bow, prepare the weapons of death and carve the fiery arrows. It is an arsenal at God’s disposal to attack the wicked. But thank God that even in his wrath, God opens the door of opportunity for the wicked. Yes, God will destroy the wicked, but if the wicked do not repent. If the wicked repents of his evil way, God will exchange punishment for reward.
So if you have sinned, your sin will be confronted by God and if you do not repent, you will be punished for your sin. You cannot play with God. God is angry with the wicked every day. Looking at God on this plane, how grateful we believers should be that God’s punishment for sin no longer awaits us as unbelievers. This certainly does not mean that because we are believers, we can sin what we want because we will not be punished like unbelievers. As we have said, every sin has its consequence,
We have considered God’s reaction to the wicked.
Now let’s consider God’s retribution for the wicked.
Psalm 7: 14-17 says: “Behold, the wicked conceived iniquity, was pregnant with iniquity, and gave birth to deceit. He has dug a well, and has made it deep; and into the pit that he made he will fall. His iniquity will return on his head, And his injury shall fall upon his own crown. I will praise the Lord according to his righteousness, and sing to the name of the Lord Most High. “
Before showing how God rewards the wicked, David leads us through what we might call the life cycle of sin. Just as there is a life cycle for man, there is also a life cycle for sin. In the human being, it begins with conception, then comes a gestation period, then comes birth, then comes growth, then comes reproduction and finally death.
The same is with sin. Conception comes first. Behold, says the psalmist, the wicked conceived iniquity. Then comes the gestation. David says: she became pregnant with iniquity. Then comes the delivery. And she gave birth to deceit, says the psalmist. Then comes growth. Well has dug says the psalmist. This would be like perfecting the deception. Next comes the playback. And he has deepened it, says David. This is like deception has multiplied and finally comes death. And in the pit he made he will fall. His iniquity will return on his head, and his wrong will fall on his own crown,
How beautiful and accurate is the word of God. God has shown us the life cycle of sin in the wicked. He started out conceiving evil and ended up trapped in the same evil that he conceived.
Once again the divine principle is fulfilled that whatever man sows, that will also reap. God repays the wicked by causing the wicked to receive the same evil that He designed for others. How dangerous it is to conceive evil. The best way not to enter this life cycle is to avoid conception. That is, at the level of thought. All sin begins in thought.
This is where conception should be avoided. Every time you think of something questionable or doubtful or something contrary to what God has said in his word, recognize it as an attempt to conceive evil and with the power that you already have as a child of God, expel that thought. of your mind. Don’t spin it in your head, don’t meditate on it, push it out of your mind. The best way to drive out a bad thought is to replace it with a good thought. Take the test.
The next time you think of something bad, immediately repeat a familiar text, or a well-known passage, or sing a praise to the Lord. Either raise a prayer to the Lord, or speak to another of God’s love in Christ, and you will notice that bad thought disappear from your mind. It works, because I constantly check it. If it works for me, how much more for you.
David ends his psalm with praise to the Lord. It goes like this: I will praise the Lord according to his righteousness, and I will sing to the name of the Lord Most High. Beautiful way to end this precious psalm.