Psalm 7 is so applicable to us today. Who among us has not had a stressing situation or a person intent on doing evil in our life? This psalm shows us that there is a way to approach God, a way He wants us to lean on Him for help and a way He wants us to thank Him! If we do this, we will be blessed by God and unlock the store house of mercy.
“O Lord my God, I take refuge in you; save and deliver me from all who pursue me”
It is a proof of our faith when we run to God with our problems. If we say we believe God cares about us and can move mountains for us … and yet we don’t run to Him … what does that say about our faith? When we say that our problems are too small or insignificant for God, what does that say about our faith? Calvin says that the gate of mercy is shut to us if we don’t open it with the key of faith.
What situation looms over you today? Where do you need God’s refuge? Have you used that key of faith to unlock His mercy for this situation?
“If I have done this and there is guilt on my hands”
None of us is exempt from being guilty in a bad situation. IOW, there are two sides to each story. David asked God to examine him and see if he had any responsibility for the current situation.
Have you assumed that none of the current situation is your fault? Perhaps you should ask God?
“Awake, my God; decree justice”
When God decrees justice it is for His glory that He does it. We can’t help but benefit from anything that is to His glory. Notice that David asked God to decree justice … he realized that he didn’t have the answers to the problem. If he did have answers they may have been fleshly or selfish. He know though that God could give justice to everyone involved.
When there is a person or people who persecute you, are you tempted to ask God to strike them with that proverbial lightening strike? God knows and is able to meet justice to everyone. This is what we must ask and then have faith that it is right.
What situation is working in your life right now for which you should as God to decree justice? Are you afraid of that justice?
“His violence comes down on his own head”
This is that old saying, “What goes around, comes around”. And it truly does come around, God sees to it. Sin that is un-repented for and some times the natural course of sin comes around and effects us again and again. This doesn’t happen by accident. This is how God deals with evil sometimes on behalf of the innocent.
“God protects and avenges His own”
Not for our glory but for His. We musn’t think that though we belong to Him we are exempt from this truth. When we sin, and do not repent, the evil that we mean to someone else will come around again.
Are you secure in the thought that God will handle your situation? Or are you tempted to take things into your own hands? Do you usually feel like you must take up for yourself or are you content to allow God to fight your battles?
“I will give thanks to the Lord because of his righteousness”
God shows His righteousness on our behalf and for this, like David, we thank Him. When He protects us from some evil – we thank Him. When He delivers us from a calamity – we thank Him. Every day God is delivering and protecting us from evil. Most of it we never see. Some of it He allows us to be party to. For all of it we thank Him for His love and protection.
Can you say with David that you “… will give to the Lord the thanks due to his righteousness, and “I will sing praise to the name of the Lord, the Most High.” ?
Will you allow God to examine your heart to see if you have some fault or guilt that needs to be repented of and forgiven?
Do you see that God decrees justice, and that justice is good for everyone?
Thank the Lord today, and give Him praise for His justice, mercy, refuge and righteousness!