Read: Psalm 7
Psalm 7 records David’s response to being unfairly attacked. The traditional Hebrew title to the Psalm refers to the words of Cush, a Benjamite and therefore a relative of Saul’s, who falsely accused David of repaying Saul’s friendship with evil and plundering him without cause (v 4). Saul himself had, on the two occasions when David could have killed him but let him live, recognized that David was in the right. Cush is therefore an example of the mischief caused by taking up an offense for someone else.
Think About It: Reflexive self-defense, vengeance, and passivity were possible responses David could have chosen to Cush’s attack. What are the problems inherent in these approaches? Have I ever been unfairly attacked? How did I respond? How did my response work out? What do I wish I had done differently?
Prayer: Lord, help me to follow the good examples in Scripture.
Read: Psalm 7:1, 2; 11:1; 31:1, 15; 46:1; 71:1
David’s response to Cush’s unjust attack evidently was a comfort to him; in the title this Psalm is called a “shiggaion,” meaning a very beautiful, wildly passionate song. As David recalled the incident, his heart was in tune; the tone was one of victory and deliverance.
Think About It: What does Psalm 7:1 indicate about the essential nature of David’s response to being attacked? How serious did David feel this attack was, based on Psalm 7:2? How does one “take refuge in God”? When have I experienced God as a refuge and strength?
Prayer: Praise God that He is my refuge, strength, and help in trouble.
Read: Psalm 7:3 – 5, 8; Psalm 6:1; Psalm 51:1 – 3
David responded to Cush’s attack by submitting himself to God’s justice. If he is guilty of the things of which Cush accuses him, he asks God to bring him to defeat at the hands of his enemy. He yielded to God his soul, his life, and his glory. He based his plea for justice partly on his innocence regarding the accusations made by Cush.
Think About It: Contrast David’s statements regarding his sinfulness in Psalm 6:1 and Psalm 51:1 – 3 with his statements about his integrity in Psalm 7. (Compare also Job 31:5 – 8). How can these statements be reconciled?
Prayer: Praise God for grace in helping to maintain personal integrity.
Read: Psalm 7:6; 35:23; 44:23; Psalm 121:3 – 4
David responded to Cush’s attack by calling out for God to arise and awake. The call for God to arise or awake is often repeated in the Psalms.
Think About It: Does God ever actually sleep (Psalm 121:3 – 4)? If God doesn’t actually sleep, what does calling on Him to awaken mean?
Prayer: Lord, help me to see and understand what you are doing for my deliverance.
Read: Psalm 7:6, 11; Nahum 1:2, 6; 2 Kings 22:17; 2 Chronicles 36:16; John 3:36; Romans 1:18; 2:5; Ephesians 5:5 – 6
David’s response to Cush’s unjust attack is a prayer based primarily on the nature of God. A key aspect of God’s nature that David recognized is that He is angry – indeed, He is daily indignant – over sin.
Think About It: Based on the Scripture references for today, what angers God? Is there some kind of sin that especially angers God? How does this truth about God encourage someone who is enduring an unjust attack?
Prayer: Praise God for deliverance from His wrath by grace through faith in Christ.
Read: Psalm 7:6, 8, 9, 11; 1 Samuel 16:7; Psalm 11:5; Hebrews 4:12; Revelation 2:23
Another aspect of God’s nature that David used as a basis of His appeal to God for justice was that God is a righteous judge who has appointed a day of judgment.
Think About It: What are some ways that our earthly systems of justice break down? How does God’s justice differ from earthly justice? How did the truth that God is a righteous judge serve as an encouragement for David in his situation? How can it encourage me?
Prayer: Praise God for His righteous judgment.
Read: Psalm 7:12 – 17; Esther 7:9 – 10
David completed his prayer with a consideration of the fate of the wicked. God executes judgment on the unrepentant wicked man by permitting him to fall into the trap he laid for the righteous. Psalm 7 is read by Jews during the Feast of Purim because these verses explain the fate of Haman, who was brought down in a single day and hung on the gallows he had built for Mordecai.
Think About It: How was a consideration of the fate of the wicked an encouragement for David? Does anyone ever ultimately get away with sin? Based on David’s example in Psalm 7, how should I respond when unfairly attacked?
Prayer: Praise God that He judges the wicked and delivers the righteous.