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And David knows that the only one who can truly vindicate him is the Lord. Several of the versions have read it in this way: "God judgeth the righteous, and is Not angry every day." We’re told that the situation that brought about the writing of this psalm is when a man named Cush from Benjamin said something. This is pretty serious. Even powerful things like ships and horses can be tamed and directed. We just don’t see an extended version of it anywhere in particular. Most of the versions read, "If ye return not." David lived in the fields and woods and mountains. We’ll deal with the petition in Psalm 7:1-6. "The Adam Clarke Commentary". 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. David wouldn’t be denying his own statement in one of the psalms of this book that he was conceived in sin! The Genevan version, printed by Barker, the king's printer, 1615, translates thus: "God judgeth the righteous, and him that contemneth God every day." The Arabic is the same as the Septuagint. Here’s what Psalm 7:7 is saying. His subjects – both those who are loyal and those who are traitors – are waiting for him to return and judge them. Psalms 7 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary provides a free-flowing commentary on the entire text of … God was not angry with David. He had already, in his rage, thrown his javelin at him, intending to have pierced him to the wall with it. And both he and the Lord know the truth. He hath also prepared for him the instruments of death - This appears to be all a prophecy of the tragical death of Saul. These beasts are incredibly strong. 7:1-9 David flees to God for succour. O Lord my God, in You I put my trust; save me from all those who persecute me; and deliver me, lest they tear me like a lion . They hear the charges against me; and see how I am persecuted. Rewarding evil to someone who is at peace with David. One day you will hear his answer. He allows the psalmist to express his feelings – and David feels as if God’s inactivity makes him seem like he’s asleep. Biblical Commentary (Bible study) Psalm 25 EXEGESIS: CONTEXT: This psalm is an individual lament (rather than a lament composed for public worship)––a literary form expressing sorrow over a loss. And he needs the Lord to vindicate him – because he’s innocent of the charges. Arise, O Lord, in thine anger - To thee I commit my cause; arise, and sit on the throne of thy judgment in my behalf. Learn how your comment data is processed. Selah. Psalm 7 Commentary 7. Now, with genre, structure, underlying situation, topic, and theme laid out, we’ll deal with Psalm 7 in detail. So David ran away from Saul. 7:9 "the evil of the wicked" Does this refer to those who accuse the psalmist in Ps. Judge me, O Lord - Let my innocence be brought to the light, and my just dealing made clear as the noonday. Vindication. It is a clear and judicious explanation of the text, and cannot be dispensed with. And you know what? 11 God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day. But fortunately we have other data from the psalm itself that can help us. The Lord, sitting upon his throne, hears the renewed appeal of the Slandered Supplicant ( Psalms 7:8-9 ). That’s where Psalm 7:3-5 come in. 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" So, the wicked are slandering innocent David. Required fields are marked *. Psalm 80 offers a profound description of suffering, particularly the suffering of God’s apparent absence. Psalms 7 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this nine-volume commentary, respected by legions of devoted students, still ring with timeless truth And they’re surrounding God’s judgment throne. He’s petitioning the Lord in Psalm 7:1-6. collated by Kennicott and De Rossi there is no various reading on this text. Find Top Church Sermons, Illustrations, and Preaching Slides on Psalm 7. Something to do. In relation to the things of which I’m being accused, I’m innocent. Psalm 7 . This can be speaking of taking the unstrung bow and bending it so that the bow could be strung. 4. There are a number of laments in Hebrew scripture, to include several psalms of lament as well as the book of Well, ultimately, of course, the psalmist understands that God really isn’t asleep. But again, Psalm 7:9 – at the same time the just – the righteous – the innocent will be established. 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. The innocent are vindicated. He laid his plans with much artifice; he executed them with zeal and diligence; and when he had, as he supposed, the grave of David digged, he fell into it himself! Here’s how David pictures the results of this kind of slander. The word שגיון shiggayon comes from שגה shagah, to wander, a wandering song; i.e., a Psalm composed by David in his wanderings, when he was obliged to hide himself from the fury of Saul. It’s the very world of iniquity. Let’s start back from the beginning. He travaileth with iniquity - All these terms show the pitch of envy, wrath, and malevolence, to which Saul had carried his opposition against David. . The metaphor is taken from pits dug in the earth, and slightly covered over with reeds &c. so as not to be discerned from the solid ground; but the animal steps on them, the surface breaks, and he falls into the pit and is taken. And his arrows are ordained for the persecutor. And so it’s no surprise that the psalmist is experiencing what’s he’s experiencing in Psalm 7 here. But he has sometimes thought that shiggaion might be an unpremeditated song; an improviso. So, we’ll move on to the next section – which is more noticeable. These verses serve as something like an oath. God is pictured as having a sharpened sword and being ready to execute the criminal. The word “travaileth” can refer to the travail of a woman being in labor. Let’s look at the superscription to the psalm first. The mass of evidence supports the latter reading. . Psalm 2)? And the statements of confidence that David makes seem almost arrogant. Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary. On the last Sunday in Advent, we end where we began: with lament. The first … Continue reading "Commentary on Psalm 80:1-7" Next, David expresses his confidence in the Lord in Psalm 7:7-13. The idea is that he doesn’t forget the wickedness of those who persecute his people. Its authorship is traditionally assigned to King David. Psalm 7 – Confidence in God’s Deliverance The Hebrew title to this psalm reads: A Meditation of David, which he sang to the LORD concerning the words of Cush, a Benjamite . We can learn how to handle these situations by following the example of David in Psalm 7. But God will judge the wicked and vindicate David and deliver him from all their evil schemes. 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. In this case, as we’ve seen before, it’s David’s enemies. Verse 7. I will praise the Lord according to his righteousness - I shall celebrate both his justice and his mercy. So, the wicked ones are pictured as being pregnant – or filled with – mischief. This Psalm expresses our longing for God’s face to turn toward us rather than away, and to shine upon us with the light of grace. And no one is going to come to the rescue of that poor lifeless creature that is about to become the lion’s food. God alone knows people’s internal thoughts and even our motives. Having iniquity in his hand. Finding the new version too difficult to understand? God is a just judge, and God is angry with the wicked every day. . The other picture we have of these men who are making David lament is in Psalm 7:15-16. We don’t know who he is, like I said, but I think it’s helpful to note that this psalm was written as a reaction to “the words of” this man. He conceived mischief; he travailed with iniquity; he brought forth falsehood - all his expectations were blasted. It’s false – lies. 14 Behold, he travaileth with iniquity, and hath conceived mischief, and brought forth falsehood. The Lord shall judge the people - He will execute justice and maintain truth among them. But we haven’t yet. That is, unless the Lord delivers him. But, see, that’s not the case. Cardmarden: God is a righteous judge, [strong and patient] and God is provoked every day. Cush was a man from Benjamin – a tribe from which David’s predecessor and main persecutor Saul hailed. The Lord “shall” judge the people. They might dig a pit for people like David to fall into. David is picturing a gathering of all peoples. So here, עלין יהוה שם shem Yehovah Elyon ; "The perfections of Jehovah, who is above all." And that realization causes David to praise the Lord. Here’s what Psalm 7:7 is saying. When you’re being slandered, what do you need? 7:3-5 or all the peoples/nations (cf. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Praise the Lord According to His Righteousness. They said, "God will not save David". But Christ alone could call on Heaven to attest his uprightness in all things. And the poetic description of God that we have in Psalm 7:12-13 is frightening. 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. 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. Cardmarden has borrowed strong and patient from the Vulgate or Septuagint, but as he found nothing in the Hebrew to express them, he put the words in a smaller letter, and included them in brackets. JOSEPH A ALEXANDER Psalms Commentary (1864) Spurgeon had high praise for Alexander's work writing that it "Occupies a first place among expositions. Then Psalm 7:13 broadens the Lord’s arsenal with this mention of these “instruments of death”. Because in Psalm 7:7-13 we have David’s statement of confidence in the Lord. The king thus constituted declares the fundamental law of His kingdom, in the avowal of His Sonship, a relation involving His universal dominion. So, here’s the theme – what the writer says about the topic of vindication – God Will Vindicate the Innocent. They sound almost self-righteous. Coverdale: God is a righteous judge, and Gob is ever threateninge. Psalms 7 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary, filling six volumes, provides an exhaustive look at every verse in the Bible. David will be torn apart – his reputation will be rent – his livelihood and very life could be destroyed by this man’s slander. David prayed for deliverance from his enemies on the ground that he was innocent, and he asked God to vindicate him by judging them. When David was young he worked for King Saul. David’s confidence in the Lord stems from the fact that God is the righteous judge. He trusts in the Lord to deliver him from persecution. Not only does he have a ready sword. No, David’s not being unrealistic. It’s some sort of literary or musical term. The innocent will be vindicated. 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. Where they congregate. This, no doubt, gives the sense of both. 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. Verse 7. The gathering of the saints around the Lord Jesus. We can imagine th… But he has a bow, too. That’s one picture of the sins of these people. The theme of Psalm 7 is a false accusation that was spoken against David. But it doesn’t affect the way we interpret this psalm, so we’ll say no more. Commentary on Psalm 7:10-17 (Read Psalm 7:10-17) David is confident that he shall find God his powerful Saviour. 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. But Christ alone could call on Heaven to attest his uprightness in all things. Verse 7 (last clause). They shall not be as sheep without a shepherd. There’s no question about it. 9 O L ord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! The congregation of the people." 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. Well, the things he lists out in the next several sentences. They did this in Psalm 3:2. 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. What is David saying? Psalm 7:8. Notice how David is asking God for help. Psalm 7:17. Everybody liked David. 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. And it’s exactly the way the psalmist is picturing the effects of this man’s slander. God has not gone. Again, in the superscription we have the mention of this mysterious Benjamite by the name of Cush. Deliver me - From the counsels which they have devised, and from the snares and gins they have laid in my path. In the MSS. He bends it. Now, remember, slander is not just unflattering speech. David is being slandered by a particular man. Being thus wronged, I. I’m righteous. Or it could be talking about the Lord taking an already-strung bow, putting an arrow on the string, and getting ready to fire. "All the world agrees to acknowledge the equity of that sentence, which inflicts upon the guilty the punishment intended by them for the innocent." Save me - Shield me from my persecutors; abate their pride, assuage their malice, and confound their devices! Psalms 7 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary, written by 29 eminent scholars, is one of the most-recognized standards of expository commentaries Wonder how that happens? i. But he doesn’t. There will be times when people will say things about us which just aren't true. So, that’s the data. He’ll sharpen it. God is angry with the wicked every day - The Hebrew for this sentence is the following: יום בכל זעם ועל veel zoem becol yom ; which, according to the points, is, And God is angry every day. Psalm 7:3-5 have David swearing that he didn’t commit several acts of injustice. 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? What happens when you gather wealth by labor according to Proverbs 13 11? He’s not a judge just one day a week. 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. Again, we’re dealing with slander in this poem and the vindication which the innocent need from such slander – such words like Cush’s. For some reason, our two boys love watching footage of animals fighting each other – like you’d see on National Geographic. If you don’t remember that, it’s OK. It’s because this man is never mentioned in the Bible. The Chaldee first corrupted the text by making the addition, with the wicked, which our translators have followed, though they have put the words into italics, as not being in the Hebrew text. ", 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. 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. It occurs only one other place in the Bible – in Habbakuk. 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. But ultimately, they’re the ones who will fall into it. But no one can tame the tongue. 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. And giving birth to falsehood – or the slander that they were heaping on David. And finally in Psalm 7:17 we have the section where the psalmist praises the Lord. 13 He hath also prepared for him the instruments of death; he ordaineth his arrows against the persecutors. You need someone to step in and set the record straight. III. 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: The tongue is a fire. He’ll render his verdict of innocent and vindicate them. So, that knowledge isn’t a great help to us in recreating the underlying situation of this psalm. David is confident in both his own innocence (verses 3-5), and the certainty of … Saul was King of Israel 1050 years before Jesus came to earth. Remember – in Psalm 7:6 David asked God to awake and go to judgment. Saul tried to catch David, but he could not. This fact, and my venturing my life frequently for his good and the safety of the state, sufficiently show the falsity of such accusations, and the innocence of my life. For their sakes therefore return thou on high - Thy own people who compass thy altar, the faithful of the land, are full of gloomy apprehensions. Lest he tear my soul like a lion - These words seem to answer well to Saul. 1. He applies to God for favour (v. 1, v. 2). The persecutor in particular is in view here. But on the other hand, God is angry every day with wicked men. Next, in Psalm 7:14-16, we have the lament – that part of a lament psalm that gives special attention to the problem at hand. But God did answer David! And we can praise the Lord for his righteousness today as we meditate on that fact that God Will Vindicate the Innocent. 2. If you think that God has left you, pray the words of Psalm 6. I have judged it of consequence to trace this verse through all the ancient versions in order to be able to ascertain what is the true reading, where the evidence on one side amounts to a positive affirmation, "God is angry every day;" and, on the other side, to as positive a negation, "He is Not angry every day." And the slander was unjustified, according to David. Psalm 28 Commentary Confidence (7-8) So, David then goes from praise in verse 6 to expressing confidence in the Lord in verse 7. You need someone to prove those ugly rumors false. This made Saul angry. ", Syriac: "God is the Judge of righteousness; he is not angry every day.". Your email address will not be published. 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. Slander that threatens to destroy David. [e.g., Siegfried Fischbacher]. 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