Psalm 7

OK, so I made a mistake in my original plan. If you look at the printed schedule, you’ll see that I had us read Psalms 1-3 on January 1, Psalms 4-6 last Sunday (1/8), then Psalms 5-7 today which would entail us reading Psalms 5-6 twice.

Oops.

Sorry. So, just read Psalm 7 today.

This is a Psalm about justice--David’s demand for it (vv. 1-8) and his confidence that God will provide it (vv. 9-17). Justice is a fearful thing to pray for. In Christ, all of my sins have been justly punished so God is just because Jesus paid for the sins of believers and unbelievers will pay for their own sins eternally.

But what about in this life? If God gave me justice in this life, I shudder to think about what that would mean. I am thankful that God is merciful and does not always allow us to be held accountable for our sins. This goes for David, too. Uriah the Hittite had every right to ask for God’s justice on David and David was very glad that God was merciful to him.

So was it wrong for David to ask for God’s justice in this situation? No, it was not wrong; First, David was confident that, whatever his others sins might have been, he was innocent of whatever Cush, the Benjamite was pursuing him for (vv. 3-5). David was so confident that he asked God to deal justly with him, with David, if Cush had a legitimate complaint (vv. 3-9). There are times when we are falsely accused, either because someone is maliciously slandering or trying to punish us or because there is a genuine misunderstanding. David was asking God to protect him (vv. 1-2, 10) from the false attacks of Cush. In these cases we can ask God for justice but we can also ask God to resolve the situation by mercifully bringing repentance to the person who is unjustly accusing us.

This is part of what Jesus meant when he told us to pray for those who use and persecute us. If you are in a situation where you are being unjustly oppressed, turn the matter over to God and ask him to resolve it to his glory.