January 12, 2018 6:27pm CST
Today I am reading Psalm 7. My favorite verse of this Psalm is "My shield is God Most High, who saves the upright in heart." This verse is comforting. In this Psalm, David calls for help and is protesting his innocence. The following is Psalm 7: Psalm 7 New International Version (NIV) A shiggaion of David, which he sang to the Lord concerning Cush, a Benjamite. 1 Lord my God, I take refuge in you; save and deliver me from all who pursue me, 2 or they will tear me apart like a lion and rip me to pieces with no one to rescue me. 3 Lord my God, if I have done this and there is guilt on my hands— 4 if I have repaid my ally with evil or without cause have robbed my foe— 5 then let my enemy pursue and overtake me; let him trample my life to the ground and make me sleep in the dust.[c] 6 Arise, Lord, in your anger; rise up against the rage of my enemies. Awake, my God; decree justice. 7 Let the assembled peoples gather around you, while you sit enthroned over them on high. 8 Let the Lord judge the peoples. Vindicate me, Lord, according to my righteousness, according to my integrity, O Most High. 9 Bring to an end the violence of the wicked and make the righteous secure— you, the righteous God who probes minds and hearts. 10 My shield is God Most High, who saves the upright in heart. 11 God is a righteous judge, a God who displays his wrath every day. 12 If he does not relent, he will sharpen his sword; he will bend and string his bow. 13 He has prepared his deadly weapons; he makes ready his flaming arrows. 14 Whoever is pregnant with evil conceives trouble and gives birth to disillusionment. 15 Whoever digs a hole and scoops it out falls into the pit they have made. 16 The trouble they cause recoils on them; their violence comes down on their own heads. 17 I will give thanks to the Lord because of his righteousness; I will sing the praises of the name of the Lord Most High
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David was an ordinary man, like us, but unlike us, he was king of Israel, with the troubles of the nation on his shoulders. As such, the nations around him were always coming against him, yet David relied on God. He looked to God for his strength, and the Captain of his armies, going ahead of him into battle, and bringing about the victory every time. When faced with so many battles, he was bound to feel as though he had done something wrong, and asked God to judge him if he had done anything to anyone. His psalms, show us we can come to God with any problem, big or small. They also show us, we need to examine our own lives first, and let God show us where we have gone wrong, before asking him to take care of our enemies.