God, safety is found in you.
Rescue me from the things that want to take me away from you.
Don’t let them get a hold of my life or they will destroy me – like falling into a cage of hungry lions.
Lord, if I’m the one who started the argument or craved someone else’s house, or job, or spouse, then I guess I must pay the consequences of my sin.
May I be destroyed by my actions and put to death for this way of living.
But you are the God of resurrection!
You get angry over sin and plan to conquer it and declare your rule and justice.
You are the king over everyone.
You will judge everyone – including me.
Lord, if you judge me based on how good I am, or how honest I’ve been, I will not come close to your standard.
I may be able to fool others, but you know the secret places of my life and what is really going on inside me.
God, destroy the sin in me so that I can stand secure in you.
I don’t want to keep crawling in my sin.
God, you are my protection and salvation.
You save those who have a heart for you.
You are always right in what you do.
And you have a right to be angry over our sin.
If we do not turn from our sin you have a right to strike us hard.
You have the right to shoot to kill, because that is all sin deserves.
If I want to get pregnant by Evil what do I expect but to give birth to the twins Trouble and Disillusionment?
Now I’m raising these brats.
And when their friends Scandal and Violence come over to play they make a mess of everything.
This is no way to live.
Why didn’t I abort these babies before they were born?
Better yet, why did I sleep with Evil in the first place?
Lord, may I stay in a love relationship with you.
May I run from Evil and live a good life according to your character.
Then I’ll be able to sing songs because I have given birth to Joy rather than to those terrible children Trouble and Disillusionment.
Devotion by Cora Goodyear
A shiggaion (probably a literary or musical term) of David
In Psalm 7, David appeals to God to deliver him from his enemies. He asks for God (who in v9, searches minds and hearts) to judge the peoples, put an end to the violence of the wicked and make the righteous secure. In v10, David states that God is his shield who saves the upright in heart. In v11, he states that God is also a righteous judge who expresses his wrath. David ends the psalm promising that he will give thanks to the Lord because of his righteousness and will sing praise to the name of the Lord Most High.
Psalm 7:8 “let the Lord judge the peoples. Judge me, O Lord, according to my righteousness, according to my integrity, O Most High”
In v8, David pleaded for God to judge his heart, see that he was innocent and that he could stand firm in his integrity. Perhaps, this psalm refers to 1 Samuel 24:11, David tells Saul that he is not guilty of wrong doing or rebellion.
Most of us have had instances in life when people have brought false accusations against us. They have injured us, hurt us and were made in order to destroy our integrity.
But if we have judged our own hearts and feel innocent of those accusations we, as David did, can pray to God. God is our God. He is a righteous God and he will defend us.
David said about his accusers in v12 ‘if he does not relent’ (or repent), God will sharpen his sword against them. God will defend us too. The accuser(s), by causing trouble for others, will bring violence down on their own head(s). We must always be conscious that sinners can repent before God sharpens his sword. We must pray for that, as well.
Point: To remember God is a righteous judge.