Psalm 7: A Cry against a threatening oppressor
shiggaion of David, which he sang to the Lord concerning Cush,
Notes: The only psalm called a ‘shiggaion', an uncertain
term thought possibly to mean a lament. The title suggests the
object of David's lament is a man named Cush, a Benjamite who
appears nowhere else in scripture, presumably someone of power
who was coming after David [v.1,2] threatening his life, yet someone
about whom David professes his innocence [v.3-5]. David trusts
in the Lord who David sees as a bringer of justice [v.6,7] who
he believes will vindicate him [v.8], seeing and knowing him as
righteous [v.9]. His trust is in this Judge who comes against
the unrighteous, [v.10-13] whose self-destructive folly is obvious
[v.14-16] His Lord, the Judge, is worthy of his praise [v.17].
David turns to the Lord because of enemies who threaten his life
my God, I take refuge in you;
save and deliver me from all who pursue
they will tear me apart like a lion
and rip me to pieces with no one to rescue
He declares his innocence of guilt against others
my God, if I have done this
and there is guilt on my hands —
I have repaid my ally with evil
or without cause have robbed my foe—
let my enemy pursue and overtake me;
let him trample my life to the ground
and make me sleep in the dust.
He asks the Lord to come as a Judge to end the violence of the
Lord, in your anger;
rise up against the rage of my enemies.
Awake, my God; decree justice.
the assembled peoples gather around you,
while you sit enthroned over them on high.
the Lord judge the peoples.
Vindicate me, Lord, according to my righteousness,
according to my integrity, O Most High.
to an end the violence of the wicked
and make the righteous secure—
you, the righteous God
who probes minds and hearts.
He sees God the Judge as his shield who comes against the unrighteous
shield is God Most High,
who saves the upright in heart.
is a righteous judge,
a God who displays his wrath every day.
he does not relent,
he will sharpen his sword;
he will bend and string his bow.
has prepared his deadly weapons;
he makes ready his flaming arrows.
He declares the folly of the wicked who bring self-destruction
is pregnant with evil
conceives trouble and gives birth to disillusionment.
digs a hole and scoops it out
falls into the pit they have made.
trouble they cause recoils on them;
their violence comes down on their own
The knowledge of the Lord's righteous ways releases
praise in him
will give thanks to the Lord because of his righteousness;
I will sing the praises of the name of
the Lord Most High.
Comment: Behind the general thrust of this psalm we
one with a trusting relationship with
the Lord [David],
the unrighteous who often persecute the
the Lord who is righteous – who does
all things rightly,
the Lord who brings justice, holding
the unrighteous to account,
the response of the persecuted righteous
[David] to be confident in, and trust in the Lord and call upon
Him for help in times of trouble.]
to Psa 8