Chapter 7 of Psalms: A Study in Faithfulness
In Psalm 7, David is vindicated of false accusations and delivers a impassioned plea for justice. This chapter can be divided into three parts: (1) the superscription (vv. 1-2), (2) the accusation and David’s response (vv. 3-17), and (3) David’s prayer for vindication and final resolve (vv. 18-20).
The first part, the superscription, sets the scene for the entire psalm. David has been wrongfully accused and persecuted and he is crying out to God for help. In verses 3-5, we see David’s response to the accusations against him. He denies the charges and proclaims his innocence. He then asks God to judge him according to his righteousness and integrity.
In verses 6-17, David gives a impassioned plea for justice. He asks God to arise and defend him against his enemies. He calls on God to judge the wicked and vindicate the righteous. He assures God that the wicked will be destroyed if they do not repent. And he ends with a declaration of faithfulness, proclaiming that he will trust in God’s mercy and goodness.
The final section, verses 18-20, is a prayer for vindication and final resolve. David prays that his enemies will be caught in their own traps and snared in their own nets. He prays that they will be destroyed like a moth in a flame. And he ends with a declaration of praise, praising God for His justice and righteousness.
This chapter is a great example of how to respond when we are faced with persecution and false accusations. We see that we are to deny the charges, proclaim our innocence, call on God for help, trust in His justice, and praise Him for His righteousness. We can also take comfort in knowing that God is faithful and will vindicate us if we are righteous.
If you are facing persecution or false accusations, take heart from Psalm 7. Deny the charges, proclaim your innocence, call on God for help, trust in His justice, praise Him for His righteousness, and know that He will vindicate you if you are righteous.