June 27th Psalm 7
Shiggalon of David, which he sang unto the LORD concerning the words of Cush the Benjaminite
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. 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. Selah. 6: Arise, 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. 7: So shall the congregation of the people compass thee about: for their sakes therefore return thou on high. 8: The LORD shall judge the people: judge me, O LORD, according to my righteousness, and according to mine integrity that is in me. 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. 10: My defence is of God, which saveth the upright in heart. 11: God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day. 12: If he turn not, he will whet his sword; he hath bent his bow, and made it ready. 13: He hath also prepared for him the instruments of death; he ordaineth his arrows against the persecutors. 14: Behold, he travaileth with iniquity, and hath conceived mischief, and brought forth falsehood. 15: He made a pit, and digged it, and is fallen into the ditch which he made. 16: His mischief shall return upon his own head, and his violent dealing shall come down upon his own pate. 17: I will praise the LORD according to his righteousness: and will sing praise to the name of the LORD most high.
To the chief musician upon Gittith,
A Psalm of David
1: O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens. 2: Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger. 3: When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; 4: What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? 5: For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour. 6: Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet: 7: All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field; 8: The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas. 9: O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!
To the chief musician upon Muth-labben,
A Psalm of David
1: I will praise thee, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvellous works. 2: I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High. 3: When mine enemies are turned back, they shall fall and perish at thy presence. 4: For thou hast maintained my right and my cause; thou satest in the throne judging right. 5: Thou hast rebuked the heathen, thou hast destroyed the wicked, thou hast put out their name for ever and ever. 6: O thou enemy, destructions are come to a perpetual end: and thou hast destroyed cities; their memorial is perished with them. 7: But the LORD shall endure for ever: he hath prepared his throne for judgment. 8: And he shall judge the world in righteousness, he shall minister judgment to the people in uprightness. 9: The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. 10: And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee. 11: Sing praises to the LORD, which dwelleth in Zion: declare among the people his doings. 12: When he maketh inquisition for blood, he remembereth them: he forgetteth not the cry of the humble. 13: Have mercy upon me, O LORD; consider my trouble which I suffer of them that hate me, thou that liftest me up from the gates of death: 14: That I may shew forth all thy praise in the gates of the daughter of Zion: I will rejoice in thy salvation. 15: The heathen are sunk down in the pit that they made: in the net which they hid is their own foot taken. 16: The LORD is known by the judgment which he executeth: the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands. Higgaion. Selah. 17: The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God. 18: For the needy shall not always be forgotten: the expectation of the poor shall not perish for ever. 19: Arise, O LORD; let not man prevail: let the heathen be judged in thy sight. 20: Put them in fear, O LORD: that the nations may know themselves to be but men. Selah.
In today’s bible reading we will be looking at Psalm 7, 8 & 9. Psalm 7 is about David in times of stress and persecution. It seems that Cush the Benjaminite had been saying some pretty horrible things about him so he sings this prayer to the Lord. He says O LORD my God I am trusting in you so save me from all those that are persecuting me and deliver me from their hands. Because if you don’t then l will be torn in my soul like a lion does to its prey. Then he turns to the Lord and says if l have done something wrong then let my enemies persecute me. David is not seeking deliverance if he has brought trouble on himself rather he pleads with the Lord to discipline him if he has done wrong. But he says if l am innocent then arise and defend me. He calls on the Lord to deal with him according to his integrity. He pleads that God might establish the righteous and judge the wicked. He says the Lord not only sees all that men do but he also sees their motives. The principle of living under the law is that God judges the righteous that he is angry with the wicked every day. And if the wicked do not turn from their sins then he will sharpen the sword that he will bring against them. And he has already bent his bow to begin battle against the wicked. He has prepared his instruments of destruction and he has decided which arrows he will use to destroy them. The Lord will make the wicked fall by the very means which they devise against the godly. Then David sings a note of praise to the LORD because he is righteous. Psalm 8 is the second Messianic Psalm - a hymn of praise to the Lord whose name excels all other names in all the earth. David says that he has set his glory above the heavens. Yet he has ordained that babies and breast-fed infants will receive strength to praise the Lord. And in this way the enemy and avenger will be made silent. David says that when he thinks about the universe that the Lord made with his fingers and the moon and stars who are placed in the sky to serve him. And when he considers their majesty what is man that God should think of them constantly. And who is the son of man that God should come to be with him? Because you have made men to be a little lower in rank that angels but you have crowned him – Christ with glory and honour. The Lord has made him be having dominion over the whole of the earth and all things will be put under his authority. All creatures in heaven and earth and sea will serve him. In Psalm 9 David brings his first Prayer-Psalm. In the beginning he brings his fourfold praise to God. He says. I will praise the LORD with all my mind. I will display all the marvellous works of the LORD. I will be glad and rejoice in the Lord and my heart will be full of music to the Lord because you Lord are the most high. When my enemies are overcome they will fall in your presence. You have kept me honoured and judged my case. You have destroyed the heathen so that they are forgotten forever. But the Lord will endure for ever. He will judge the world in righteousness. And he will be a refuge for the oppressed. Those that know the Lord will put their trust in him, because he never forsakes those who trust in him. So sing praises to the Lord. David says remember me in my day of trouble. Save me so that l can sing your praises. The wicked will be destroyed and all the nations that forget God. The poor will not be forgotten forever. And the poor will look up and their longing will not perish. So Arise LORD and do not allow evil men to win. Judge them O Lord, Put them in fear so that all the nations will realise that they are mere men.