Again, in the superscription we have the mention of this mysterious Benjamite by the name of Cush. That’s where Psalm 7:3-5 come in. Verse 7. Being thus wronged, I. Remember – in Psalm 7:6 David asked God to awake and go to judgment. The unrepentant are faced with a God who has a sharpened sword and a strung bow with arrow ready to shoot. Some contend, and not without a great show of probability, that the two verses should be read in connection, thus: "God is a just Judge; a God who is provoked every day. Psalm 7:2 tells us that this persecutor – or maybe there are more than one – they threaten to tear David apart like a lion would his prey. St-Takla.org > bible > commentary > en > ot > matthew-henry > psalms Contact St-Takla.org website You can contact us through this form, or directly through mobile/WhatsApp: 002 … Browse Sermons on Psalm 7. His subjects – both those who are loyal and those who are traitors – are waiting for him to return and judge them. All are at his disposal. Psalms 7:1 O LORD my God, in thee do I put my trust: save me from all them that persecute me, and deliver me: Psalms 7:2 Lest he tear my soul like a lion, rending it in pieces, while there is none to deliver. Psalm 7:14-16. Psalms 7 Commentary, this commentary has been valued for generations and consulted by Bible scholars everywhere 1 Lord my God, I take refuge. And he needs the Lord to vindicate him. The word “travaileth” can refer to the travail of a woman being in labor. I think it’s so kindly condescending of God to allow for a mere man to beg him to “wake up” as it were. "The Adam Clarke Commentary". This, no doubt, gives the sense of both. David is picturing a gathering of all peoples. Again, the idea of David being slandered is never far from the flow of this psalm. It may refer to knocking the criminal on the head, in order to deprive him of life. He conceived mischief; he travailed with iniquity; he brought forth falsehood - all his expectations were blasted. God has not gone. The psalmist prays to God to plead his cause, and judge for him. This is followed by the prose version in our Prayer Book. Verse 7. And David knows that the only one who can truly vindicate him is the Lord. Slander that threatens to destroy David. Everybody liked David. The psalmist prays against the malice of his enemies, Psalm 7:1, Psalm 7:2; protests his own innocence, Psalm 7:3-5; prays to God that he would vindicate him, for the edification of his people, Psalm 7:6-8; prays against the wickedness of his enemies, Psalm 7:9; expresses strong confidence in God, Psalm 7:10; 14 Behold, he travaileth with iniquity, and hath conceived mischief, and brought forth falsehood. If David is guilty of the sin that his enemies are claiming, then he’s saying they have every right to stomp him down into the dust – to take his life. I must say that the invocation – which is what we usually see first in lament psalms – it’s not very distinct. Moving from the superscription to the main part of the psalm, we see David calling out to the Lord. This is what the book of James in the New Testament teaches us. 7:9 "the evil of the wicked" Does this refer to those who accuse the psalmist in Ps. Copyright StatementThese files are public domain. David’s confidence in the Lord stems from the fact that God is the righteous judge. 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. But ultimately, they’re the ones who will fall into it. The psalmist calls out to God multiple times in Psalm 7. You need someone to prove those ugly rumors false. a. But, see, that’s not the case. 4. When you’re being slandered, what do you need? Selah. If you think that God has left you, pray the words of Psalm 6. Wonder how that happens? Here’s what Psalm 7:7 is saying. You see that word “Shiggaion”? Psalm 7 is the 7th psalm from the Book of Psalms. 2. But we will now. i. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/psalms-7.html. But Christ alone could call on Heaven to attest his uprightness in all things. As the lion, in his fierceness, seizes at once, and tears his prey in pieces; so David expected to be seized and suddenly destroyed by Saul. On the last Sunday in Advent, we end where we began: with lament. PSALM 7. Yea, I have delivered him - When, in the course of thy providence, thou didst put his life in my hand in the cave, I contented myself with cutting off his skirt, merely to show him the danger he had been in, and the spirit of the man whom he accused of designs against his life; and yet even for this my heart smote me, because it appeared to be an indignity offered to him who was the Lord 's anointed. The psalmist pictures the slanderer in terms of being pregnant and delivering a child. But he doesn’t. God’s pictured as a king – a high lofty exalted king. Cush was a man from Benjamin – a tribe from which David’s predecessor and main persecutor Saul hailed. They sound almost self-righteous. (10-17) 1-9 David flees to God for succour. And David rehearses for the Lord why he needs his deliverance. One day you will hear his answer. These beasts are incredibly strong. Why would an executor of vengeance sharpen a sword? To the innocent – to the righteous man – God’s judgment isn’t a fearful thing. He’s not a judge just one day a week. It’s going to happen. What is David saying? Even though we know that God doesn’t sleep or slumber, when you’re being slandered and it seems like God isn’t doing anything to defend you, it can seem like he’s asleep. Coverdale: God is a righteous judge, and Gob is ever threateninge. Even powerful things like ships and horses can be tamed and directed. 13 He hath also prepared for him the instruments of death; he ordaineth his arrows against the persecutors. He travaileth with iniquity - All these terms show the pitch of envy, wrath, and malevolence, to which Saul had carried his opposition against David. collated by Kennicott and De Rossi there is no various reading on this text. The coming of Christ to judgment for the good of his saints. Now, with genre, structure, underlying situation, topic, and theme laid out, we’ll deal with Psalm 7 in detail. He wants to be judged according to his righteousness? Again, we’re dealing with slander in this poem and the vindication which the innocent need from such slander – such words like Cush’s. 1 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. How many proverbs did Solomon write? 1. Who they are. David had other enemies. Psalm 7:3-5 have David swearing that he didn’t commit several acts of injustice. The innocent are vindicated. We can learn how to handle these situations by following the example of David in Psalm 7. “Psalm 7”: The superscription indicates that the psalm was written while David was being ruthlessly assailed by “Cush the Benjamite”, who was evidently one of Saul’s radical kinsmen. "Commentary on Psalms 7:4". Psalm 7 Commentary 7. You probably have a guess at what it is if you’re carrying a study Bible with notes. But establish the just - Show the people my uprightness. And so it’s no surprise that the psalmist is experiencing what’s he’s experiencing in Psalm 7 here. As the lion is king in the forest; so was Saul king over the land. The mass of evidence supports the latter reading. It appears by the title that this psalm was penned with a particular reference to the malicious imputations that David was unjustly laid under by some of his enemies. And finally in Psalm 7:17 we have the section where the psalmist praises the Lord. Here’s what Psalm 7:7 is saying. He appeals to God concerning his innocency as to those things whereof he was accused . this day have I begotten thee—as 2Sa 7:14, "he shall be My son," is a solemn recognition of this relation. In relation to the things of which I’m being accused, I’m innocent. "Lest he tear my soul (my life) like a lion, rending it in pieces, while there is none to deliver." David hasn’t sinned as his enemies are saying. And the slander was unjustified, according to David. And if you are righteous and your thoughts and motives are right, he’s not going to let that go unnoticed. 1832. Laboring with sin. The Lord is pleaded with to arise to judgment ( Psalms 7:6-7). So here, עלין יהוה שם shem Yehovah Elyon ; "The perfections of Jehovah, who is above all." Well, the things he lists out in the next several sentences. The idea is that he doesn’t forget the wickedness of those who persecute his people. Commentary for Psalms 7 . 8 The LORD shall judge the people: judge me, O LORD, according to my righteousness, and according to mine integrity that is in me. Psalm 7 Commentary 8 And it was falsehood that was akin to a pit dug in the ground and hidden that would cause people to fall into it. 7 So shall the congregation of the people compass thee about: for their sakes therefore return thou on high. Psalms 7 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary provides a free-flowing commentary on the entire text of … So, let’s find the elements of that structure. It’s not to display it over his fireplace. David’s going to be like someone who experiences an attack by a lion. The gathering of the saints around the Lord Jesus. Psalm 7 nkjv - Prayer and Praise for Deliverance from - Bible Gateway Prayer and Praise for Deliverance from Enemies - A Meditation of David, which he sang to the Lord concerning the words of Cush, a Benjamite. You come away from it wondering how the wicked can still disobey the Lord and ignore his threats. You need someone to step in and set the record straight. No mercy. My defense is of God - I now leave my cause in the hands of my Judge. David is confident in both his own innocence (verses 3-5), and the certainty of … Psalm 28 Commentary Confidence (7-8) So, David then goes from praise in verse 6 to expressing confidence in the Lord in verse 7. But he’s innocent. We just don’t see an extended version of it anywhere in particular. Having iniquity in his hand. So, let’s talk about the topic of this psalm. Cardmarden: God is a righteous judge, [strong and patient] and God is provoked every day. "God is a Judge righteous, strong, and patient; will he be angry every day? Learn how your comment data is processed. And the Lord will return to judge. It’s the very world of iniquity. And they might conceive mischief and violence against innocent men like David – but that mischief and violence will return to themselves. If I have done this - David was accused by Saul of affecting the kingdom; and of waiting for an opportunity to take away the life of his king, his patron, and his friend. Therefore, in thee do I put thy trust - I repose all my confidence in thee, and expect all my good from thee. And he’s sure that the Lord will vindicate him because he is truly innocent of the charges leveled against him. All His works were wrought in righteousness; and the prince of this world found nothing whereof justly to accuse him. He’s judged everyone and declared his verdict. ", The Septuagint: Ὁ Θεος Κριτης δικαιος, και ισχυρος, και μακροθυμος, μη οργην επαγων καθπ 'ἑκαστην ἡμεραν ; "God is a righteous Judge, strong and longsuffering; not bringing forth his anger every day. When bad things happen to you pray the words of Psalm 6. And giving birth to falsehood – or the slander that they were heaping on David. What is the alternative to “wealth gotten by vanity” in Proverbs 13 11? But he has a bow, too. The first … Continue reading "Commentary on Psalm 80:1-7" But amidst the threatenings of wrath, we have a gracious offer of mercy. Commentary on Psalm 7:10-17 (Read Psalm 7:10-17) David is confident that he shall find God his powerful Saviour. But God will judge the wicked and vindicate David and deliver him from all their evil schemes. God’s pictured as a king – a high lofty exalted king. He applies to God for favour (v. 1, v. 2). Psalm 7 . God is a just judge, and God is angry with the wicked every day. The name of God is often put for his perfections. ( B) in you; save and deliver me. He’s petitioning the Lord in Psalm 7:1-6. If he turn not - This clause the Syriac adds to the preceding verse. He was wounded by the arrows of the Philistines; and his own keen sword, on which he fell, terminated his woful days! Unless the wicked repent and turn from their wickedness to God, the Lord will whet his sword. The wickedness of the wicked - The iniquity of Saul's conduct. And that means both that God will judge and vindicate David AND that he will judge and condemn those who oppose him. Well, Cush and perhaps some others were slandering David. But he has sometimes thought that shiggaion might be an unpremeditated song; an improviso. Bishop Horsley thinks it may have its name, a wandering ode, from its being in different parts, taking up different subjects, in different styles of composition. And with all that’s been said already about this enemy, you may have thought we’ve addressed the actual lament of this psalm already. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Psalm 2)? Lest he tear my soul like a lion - These words seem to answer well to Saul. And the poetic description of God that we have in Psalm 7:12-13 is frightening. Next, David expresses his confidence in the Lord in Psalm 7:7-13. David asks the Lord to judge him. We can imagine a worship leader or choir singing the body of the psalm, with the congregation or a larger choir intoning the refrain: May God be gracious to us and bless us and … Continue reading "Commentary on Psalm 67:1-7" 7:3-5 or all the peoples/nations (cf. The theme of Psalm 7 is a false accusation that was spoken against David. We’re told that the situation that brought about the writing of this psalm is when a man named Cush from Benjamin said something. The Greek and Masoretic numberings are the same for this psalm. That is, unless the Lord delivers him. The New King James Version translates the Hebrew word “shiggaion” as meditation , though the word is difficult to translate and is used elsewhere only in Habakkuk 3:1. He’ll render his verdict of innocent and vindicate them. They hear the charges against me; and see how I am persecuted. His ways are always prospering: Here, the psalmist protested to God; not only did the wicked man seem to enjoy constant prosperity, but he did so because God’s judgments are far above, out of his sight. My ancient Scotico - English MS. Psalter only begins with the conclusion of this Psalm. That may have been a mysterious saying. 2 A Psalm of David. The tongue is out of control. This is pretty serious. If you don’t remember that, it’s OK. It’s because this man is never mentioned in the Bible. This Psalm is entitled, Shiggaion of David, which he sang unto the Lord, concerning the words of Cush the Benjamite. And because of the falsehood that the enemy is spreading about David, he asks the Lord in Psalm 7:6 to arise – to lift himself up – to awake. They did this in Psalm 3:2. For some reason, our two boys love watching footage of animals fighting each other – like you’d see on National Geographic. Slander is speech that is not true. Psalm 7:8. The Lord clears his servant, and threatens the wicked ( Psalms 7:10-13 ). 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. Let the enemy persecute my soul - If I have been guilty of the things laid to my charge, let the worst evils fall upon me. The psalmist calls on God to end evil (BDB 170, KB 197, Qal imperfect used in a jussive sense) and establish (BDB 465, KB 464, Polel imperfect ) righteousness (see Special Topic at Ps. And they’re surrounding God’s judgment throne. It is a clear and judicious explanation of the text, and cannot be dispensed with. Not only does he have a ready sword. He’s constantly watchful over the wicked to make sure judgment is meted out to them. 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. On which there is this marginal note: "He doth continually call the wicked to repentance, by some signs of his judgments." This can be speaking of taking the unstrung bow and bending it so that the bow could be strung. But no one can tame the tongue. I try not to allow them to dwell on death, but at the same time I think it’s informative for them to see the effects of the fall and discuss why it is that some animals kill now after Adam sinned. In the MSS. And so now that we’ve been through the structure of the psalm, maybe we can figure out the underlying situation. Chapter 7. The other picture we have of these men who are making David lament is in Psalm 7:15-16. But on the other hand, God is angry every day with wicked men. Our translation seems to have been borrowed from the Chaldee, where the whole verse is as follows: יומא כל רשיעי אל רגיז ובתקוף זכאה דינא אלהא elaha daiyana zaccaah ubithkoph rageiz al reshiey col yoma : "God is a righteous Judge; and in strength he is angry against the wicked every day. Where they congregate. So, those are the five elements of a lament psalm – all found to one extent or another in Psalm 7. Because I know that the slander being spread about me is not right. We’ll deal with the petition in Psalm 7:1-6. The Arabic is the same as the Septuagint. David here is testifying to his own blamelessness by cataloging ways in which he could sin that would call for God to hand him over to his enemies. Here’s how David pictures the results of this kind of slander. They were raging. King Edward's Bible by Becke 1549, follows this reading. 7 all sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field, 8 the birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea, whatever passes along the paths of the seas. He allows the psalmist to express his feelings – and David feels as if God’s inactivity makes him seem like he’s asleep. The king thus constituted declares the fundamental law of His kingdom, in the avowal of His Sonship, a relation involving His universal dominion. Is he unaware of what his son Solomon will go on to say in Ecclesiastes – that there’s not a just man on the earth that never sins? But in David’s case, he’s putting his trust in the Lord to deliver him. O Lord my God - אלהי יהוה Yehovah Elohai, words expressive of the strongest confidence the soul can have in the Supreme Being. 1:5). Find Top Church Sermons, Illustrations, and Preaching Slides on Psalm 7. Because when God judges and sets everything straight – it’s going to come out that the innocent was in the right. It’s some sort of literary or musical term. The psalmist prays against the malice of his enemies, Psalm 7:1, Psalm 7:2; protests his own innocence, Psalm 7:3-5; prays to God that he would vindicate him, for the edification of his people, Psalm 7:6-8; prays against the wickedness of his enemies, Psalm 7:9; expresses strong confidence in God, Psalm 7:10; threatens transgressors with God's judgments, Psalm 7:11-13; shows the conduct and end of the ungodly, Psalm 7:14-16; and exults in the mercy and lovingkindness of his Maker, Psalm 7:17. Its authorship is traditionally assigned to King David. Deliver me - From the counsels which they have devised, and from the snares and gins they have laid in my path. And on and on. Psalm 7:9 – when God judges them, their wickedness – the thing they love so much – comes to an end. 7:1-9 David flees to God for succour. And you’ll find God to be just like David experienced in Psalm 7:10 – he’s your defense, your savior who delivers you from evil. Elements of an individual lament ( Psalm 7:1-2), an oath ( Psalm 7:3-5), a psalm of Yahweh"s kingship ( Psalm 7:6-12), and a thanksgiving hymn ( Psalm 7:17) make designating this psalm"s genre very difficult. David feared not to make this appeal to God; for the consciousness of his innocence showed him at once how the discrimination would be made. With the tongue, men simultaneously bless God and curse those made in his image. 9 O L ord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! He wanted to kill David. The wicked are sentenced to death – unless they repent. And he needs the Lord to vindicate him – because he’s innocent of the charges. And that realization causes David to praise the Lord. David will be torn apart – his reputation will be rent – his livelihood and very life could be destroyed by this man’s slander. He is not always chiding, nor is he daily punishing, notwithstanding the continual wickedness of men: hence, the ideas of patience and longsufferiny which several of the versions introduce. So, the invocation is there – all throughout the psalm. God could have struck that line from Psalm 7. And you know what? Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary 7. So, that knowledge isn’t a great help to us in recreating the underlying situation of this psalm. 17 I will praise the LORD according to his righteousness: and will sing praise to the name of the LORD most high. 1. Psalm 7[ a] A shiggaion[ b] ( A) of David, which he sang to the Lord concerning Cush, a Benjamite. Let’s start back from the beginning. He hath also prepared for him the instruments of death - This appears to be all a prophecy of the tragical death of Saul. The message in the psalm is that the righteous may seem weak, but ultimately will prevail against the wicked. Their minds are divided; they know not what to think. God alone knows people’s internal thoughts and even our motives. Psalm 7:17. There are a number of laments in Hebrew scripture, to include several psalms of lament as well as the book of Your email address will not be published. Now, remember, slander is not just unflattering speech. David prayed for deliverance from his enemies on the ground that he was innocent, and he asked God to vindicate him by judging them. God was not angry with David. That certainly includes the two weapons we’ve already discussed, plus any number of additional deadly weapons. God will cause whatever device they contrive to backfire on them. We can imagine th… What approach to making money will increase it according to Proverbs 13 11? And his arrows are ordained for the persecutor. Those who are happy may sing; and he who can duly celebrate the name of God, who knows it to be a strong tower into which he can run and find safety, has inexpressible happiness. 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