Today’s reading is Psalm 7.
This psalm makes you stop and think.
The psalm itself is one of David’s earliest and he is not yet King. A charge was brought against him which was designed to ruin his character. Many consider that it was all tied in with Saul’s attempt to take David’s life. So the stage is set, his enemies were circling and he needed to respond. So what does he do?
He turns in trustful desperation to God. “O Lord my God, I take refuge in you, save and deliver me from all who pursue me.” In asserting his innocence he seeks refuge in the only one he can. What follows from vs. 3-5, is his full assertion that he is innocent (3-5), not in such a way that he is self-righteous, but that he is willing to lay his life before our sovereign God.
You feel that after having done this and cleared himself of all charges he then turns on his enemies. One must have a clear sense of right and wrong to do this! Yet, David still acknowledges that he has to wait for complete vindication until the ‘Day of the Lord’ (vs9-11). We too feel this as we also need to wait for the ‘judgment seat of Christ’ (see Romans 1:18; 1 Thess. 1:10).
What impacts me is that David is not just seeking justice for himself, but he longs for the day when evil will come to an end. His final words are to those who inflict evil as he calls them to change.
What is encouraging is that David accepts that God is holy and righteous and he could therefore depend on him to uphold the godly and protect them (v17). This s why he can, no matter the circumstances “give thanks to the Lord.”
What about us? Can we trust God to bring vindication to his children?
Blessings from Ian