Psalm 7 is an interesting psalm – King David cries out for rescue. A “shiggaion” is a “Dithyrambic rhythm; or wild, passionate song” according to Bible Gateway. More specifically, dithyrambic. Word Reference defines “dithyrambic:” as “wildly enthusiastic.”
The Lord Implored to Defend the Psalmist against the Wicked.
A Shiggaion of David, which he sang to the Lord concerning Cush, a Benjaminite.
O Lord my God, in You I have taken refuge;
Save me from all those who pursue me, and rescue me,
Or he will tear my soul like a lion,
Dragging me away, while there is no one to rescue me.
At this time, David was literally running for his life. King Saul did want to kill him because he viewed David as a threat to his rule. The Lord tells us to honor our leaders, even if we do not agree with their actions because God is the one who selected them. God has reasons for everything that He does – even though we cannot understand them. He knows the future and will guide and protect you, because He has plans for you. You can tell the Lord anything you want – he tells us we need to call out to Him.
O Lord my God, if I have done this,
If there is injustice in my hands,
If I have done evil to my friend,
Or have plundered my enemy for no reason,
Let the enemy pursue my soul and overtake it;
And let him trample my life to the ground
And lay my glory in the dust. Selah
David cries for mercy in verses 3-5.
Arise, Lord, in Your anger;
Raise Yourself against the rage of my enemies,
And stir Yourself for me; You have ordered judgment.
Let the assembly of the peoples encompass You,
And return on high over it.
The Lord judges the peoples;
Vindicate me, Lord, according to my righteousness and my integrity that is in me.
Please let the evil of the wicked come to an end, but establish the righteous;
For the righteous God puts hearts and minds to the test.
My shield is with God,
Who saves the upright in heart.
God is a righteous judge,
And a God who shows indignation every day.
We are called to always stand with the Lord, no matter the consequences. He allows us to be tested to strengthen our faith in Him and our self control. Verses 6-11 describe how we are blessed by doing this.
If one does not repent, He will sharpen His sword;
He has bent His bow and taken aim.
He has also prepared deadly weapons for Himself;
He makes His arrows fiery shafts.
Behold, an evil person is pregnant with injustice,
And he conceives harm and gives birth to lies.
He has dug a pit and hollowed it out,
And has fallen into the hole which he made.
His harm will return on his own head,
And his violence will descend on the top of his own head.
Sometimes, it can feel as if you are being singled out and unjustly punished for no reason. If you feel this way, you are being shaped like clay, into a masterpiece. People who do not follow God will face a very different future, which is described in verses 12 – 16.
I will give thanks to the Lord according to His righteousness
And will sing praise to the name of the Lord Most High.
David ends this psalm by praising the Lord. Remember, we can call out to him any time. Even if you feel alone, He is always there and is always willing to listen.
Have a wonderful week!