February 21, 2020 – Friday
Psalm 7:1-2 NKJV
1 O Lord my God, in You I put my trust; Save me from all those who persecute me; And deliver me,
2 Lest they tear me like a lion, Rending me in pieces, while there is none to deliver.
The introduction of this Psalm tells us it is A Mediation of David, which he sang to the Lord concerning the words of Cush, a Benjamite. Why Cush, a Benjamite, was attacking David we do not know, but it is possible he was an ally of Saul against David as they were both from the same tribe.
The first thing to be aware of in this Psalm, David was not being persecuted for practicing his faith. Instead this was persecution due to jealously and a desire for power. There are some who even think the use of the name Cush was a pseudonym for Saul. Maybe. No one knows for sure.
David wisely puts his trust in God, for if God has his back, he needs no other assistance, none at all. In asking God to deliver him, David Guzik says Sometimes God’s strength is evident in helping through a trial. Other times it is evident in delivering us from trials. David was persuaded that God wanted to deliver him from this trial. Of course the next verse tells us how important it was for David to place his trust in God as his enemies were like lions who would tear him to pieces until nothing was left.
While Guzik said David was persuaded that God wanted to deliver him from this trial, it appears David was not absolutely sure as the following verses show us
3 O Lord my God, if I have done this:
If there is iniquity in my hands,
4 If I have repaid evil to him who was at peace with me,
Or have plundered my enemy without cause,
5 Let the enemy pursue me and overtake me;
Yes, let him trample my life to the earth,
And lay my honor in the dust. Selah
However, to put his honor and his life on the line with God, David was as sure as he could be that he was not guilty of the slander. He was sure he had not repaid evil to anyone who was at peace with him. He was sure he had not plundered anyone without cause. He was not saying he was perfect or without sin, but that he was not guilty of those sins. So David put his trust in God to protect him from those who hunted and persecuted him. A few examples:
8 The Lord shall judge the peoples; Judge me, O Lord, according to my righteousness,
And according to my integrity within me.
11 God is a just judge, And God is angry with the wicked every day.
Then David closes with the following verse praising God
17 I will praise the Lord according to His righteousness, And will sing praise to the name of the Lord Most High.
Once again David was not being persecuted for practicing his faith. Saul simply did not want to admit his time as king was over and sought to keep his crown while denying it to David. Since the time of Jesus, believers who were practicing their faith were persecuted for doing that.
What did practicing their faith consist of? Sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ and the salvation through Him. Paul even said to the church in Galatia in chapter 5:6b The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love. So let us express our love for our enemies by praying for them, praying they will one day know Jesus as their Lord and Savior.
Riley D. Driver – Pastor
Calvary Chapel of Dayton