Chapter-a-Day Psalm 7

Justice God, if I’ve done what they say— betrayed my friends, ripped off my enemies— If my hands are really that dirty, let them get me, walk all over me, leave me flat on my face in the dirt. Psalm 7:3-5 (TM)

Many of David’s psalms were "imprecatory" in nature. That’s a hoity-toity seminary term for "kill my enemies". David’s call for God to do in his enemies came from a desire for justice, and his desire for justice came from an understanding that his heart had to be right. He could not ask for God to bring justice if his heart wasn’t right – if his own hands were dirty.

We all have a desire for justice. We want God to bless us and punish our enemies. But, this should lead us all to self-examination. A thousand years later, Jesus (who was David’s great-great-great-great-great-like-forty-greats-grandson) would teach us that justice is really a heart issue. If we are God’s children then our hearts will lead us to love and bless our enemies. The question is not so much "God kill my enemies" as much as it is "God help me to respond to my enemies as you would have me respond."

The cool thing is that both David and Jesus’ teaching acknowledge that God is ultimately the judge of both our enemies and us.
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One thought on “Chapter-a-Day Psalm 7”

  1. 17 I’m thanking God, who makes things right.
    I’m singing the fame of heaven-high God.
    I had a very long two days in Sioux Falls. The weather stunk and the roads were bad. It really wears me out traveling in that stuff. So, I am thankful tonight. Thankful for safe travel and for getting me home safe. He is in charge!!

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