Psalm 7: sacred words to ask for divine justice
Psalm 7 is one of King David’s psalms of lamentation. Contrary to what happens in the previous psalms, David is strong and confident in the divine justice. He declares himself innocent of the sins that his enemies insist on doing. He cries out that God punishes all those who are guilty, including him, if God so judges. But know that the Lord is merciful and protects those who are honest and true.
Psalm 7: A request for divine justice
Read these words carefully:
” 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.
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.”
Interpretation of psalm 7
Pray Psalm 7 whenever you need to strengthen your faith in divine justice. If you are just and true, God will listen to you and punish those who defame you, harm you, and cause you suffering. Trust in God and his protective shield, and he will bring you the glory of righteous judgment.
In this Psalm we find various ideas of King David in search of divine mercy. See the full interpretation:
Verses 1 and 2
As in Psalm 5 and Psalm 6, David begins Psalm 7 by asking God for mercy. He cries out that God does not let his enemies overtake him.
Verses 3 to 6
In verses 3 through 6, David shows how calm is his conscience about his deeds. He asks God to judge him, and if he is wrong, he has committed sins and wickedness against his enemies, that he be punished by the wrath of God; he believes that justice should be served to everyone. Only a person with full confidence in his words and with a clear conscience can utter such words.
Verses 7 to 10
Here, David praises and glorifies divine justice. He asks God to exercise his justice and see that he is innocent and not worthy of so much suffering and so much evil that his enemies have done to him. He asks God to put an end to the wickedness of those who provoke suffering and to reward those who, like him, preach good and follow the way of the Lord. Finally, he cries out for divine protection, for he trusts that God saves those who are honest.
Verses 11 to 16
In these verses, David reinforces the power of God as a judge. Although merciful, He punishes severely those who insist on following the path of evil. He emphasizes that they are fools, for they end up falling into their own traps and suffering with divine justice.
Finally, David praises and thanks God for justice, which he trusts will happen. He knows that God protects the good and the righteous and therefore praises the Lord with these sacred words.
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