Psalms of Honesty and Truth
Little girls would run up to me on the first grade playground and yell, “Mrs. Callaway, those boys are chasing us!” This was my best advice (from experience), “If you don’t run, they can’t chase you! AND they won’t know what to do next and will run from you!” When they took my advice, they understood and loved the power that gave them of standing their ground which ended the “game” of chase. When they didn’t follow the advice the game of boyish torment and teasing continued. Mm. Also, running to me was a good thing, because I already knew what was going on.
David is being chased by his enemies. His enemies, friends of Saul, are lying about his character. He runs full blast to God for dear life. The chase is wild. “If they catch em, I’m finished. He doesn’t fight back for David has figured out in this case that “mischief backfires and violence boomerangs.” He knows that God will take care of everything. David’s trust is in Yahweh, God, His Father and Protector. God will be the judge and bring justice and deliverance. David also examines himself in this process. We can learn a lot from David and his emotional, passionate crying out to God. God is still God and we are not. Why not trust Him, only trust Him? And THEN, thank God for the rescue?
Psalm 7, The Message
1-2 God! God! I am running to you for dear life;
the chase is wild.
If they catch me, I’m finished:
ripped to shreds by foes fierce as lions,
dragged into the forest and left
unlooked for, unremembered.
3-5 God, if I’ve done what they say—
betrayed my friends,
ripped off my enemies—
If my hands are really that dirty,
let them get me, walk all over me,
leave me flat on my face in the dirt.
6-8 Stand up, God; pit your holy fury
against my furious enemies.
Wake up, God. My accusers have packed
the courtroom; it’s judgment time.
Take your place on the bench, reach for your gavel,
throw out the false charges against me.
I’m ready, confident in your verdict:
9-11 Close the book on Evil, God,
but publish your mandate for us.
You get us ready for life:
you probe for our soft spots,
you knock off our rough edges.
And I’m feeling so fit, so safe:
made right, kept right.
God in solemn honor does things right,
but his nerves are sandpapered raw.
11-13 Nobody gets by with anything.
God is already in action—
Sword honed on his whetstone,
bow strung, arrow on the string,
Lethal weapons in hand,
each arrow a flaming missile.
14 Look at that guy!
He had sex with sin,
he’s pregnant with evil.
Oh, look! He’s having
the baby—a Lie-Baby!
15-16 See that man shoveling day after day,
digging, then concealing, his man-trap
down that lonely stretch of road?
Go back and look again—you’ll see him in it headfirst,
legs waving in the breeze.
That’s what happens:
17 I’m thanking God, who makes things right.
I’m singing the fame of heaven-high God.
What do we learn?
–David is maligned and tormented by Saul and his crew who want to destroy him for he is a rival and one of God’s own.
–David runs for dear life to God. He knows he cannot take care of this by himself.
–We are sometimes maligned by others who want power and will say and do anything to get it. When people falsely accuse us and create problems for us, we should follow David’s example and find refuge in the Lord. But let’s be sure that we are suffering wrongfully and not because of our own foolishness or disobedience (Matt. 5:11-12; 1 Peter 3:13-17).
–What is our motive? Are our own hearts clean? Hands clean? How important it is that we are open and honest with both our Lord and ourselves. If he was proved guilty, then David was willing for his own honor to be laid in the dust; but David knew that his hands were clean.
–God judges sinners righteously (vv. 6-13). David didn’t take the situation into his own hands; rather, he turned Saul and his scheming men over to the Lord. Only God’s holy anger could truly vindicate David (Rom. 12:17-21).
–Sin Itself judges sinners ultimately (vv. 14-17). The image of sin as pregnancy is frequently found in Scripture (James 1:13-15). Sinners “conceive” sin, like a monstrous child, eventually grows up and destroys them. They dig pits and fall into them themselves. Trouble they cause comes back on their own heads (Gal. 6:7). There is a work of divine retribution in this world, and nobody can escape it.
–People may not like the way God runs His universe, but, as Dorothy Sayers expressed it, “for whatever reason God chose to make man as he is–limited and suffering and subject to sorrows and death–He had the honesty and the courage to take His own medicine.”
–David, as always, ends his “song” with praise:
“I’m thanking God, who makes things right.
I’m singing the fame of heaven-high Yahweh.”
Dear Heavenly Father, Keep us alert to our own sins so that we can repent of them and be made clean as we run to you for help. Thank you for the help that comes. Thank you for all those times when You rescued me before I even knew I needed rescued. You are amazing and the only one to trust! Thank you for always being there for those who believe and trust in You. In Jesus Name, Amen