Tehillim / Psalms 7, Part 1, A Shiggayon of David


This week’s study is from Tehillim / Psalms 7:1-18.  The Psalm begins by stating א   שִׁגָּיוֹן לְדָוִד אֲשֶׁר-שָׁר לַיהֹוָה עַל-דִּבְרֵי-כוּשׁ בֶּן-יְמִינִי: the “Shiggayon of David, which he sang to the Lord concerning Cush, a Benjamite.”  David states ב   יְהֹוָה אֱלֹהַי בְּךָ חָסִיתִי הוֹשִׁיעֵנִי מִכָּל-רֹדְפַי וְהַצִּילֵנִי: 7:1 O Lord my God, in You I have taken refuge; Save me from all those who pursue me, and deliver me, (NASB)  and then states to the Lord if He does not save him, his pursuers “will tear my soul like a lion, Dragging me away, while there is none to deliver.”  David then turns and questions whether it is because of injustice or iniquity that  occurred at his own hand saying  ד   יְהֹוָה אֱלֹהַי אִם-עָשִֹיתִי זֹאת אִם-יֶשׁ-עָוֶל בְּכַפָּי: 7:3 O Lord my God, if I have done this, If there is injustice in my hands, ה   אִם-גָּמַלְתִּי שׁוֹלְמִי רָע וָאֲחַלְּצָה צוֹרְרִי רֵיקָם: 7:4 If I have rewarded evil to my friend, Or have plundered him who without cause was my adversary, ו   יִרַדֹּף אוֹיֵב | נַפְשִׁי וְיַשֵּׂג וְיִרְמֹס לָאָרֶץ חַיָּי וּכְבוֹדִי | לֶעָפָר יַשְׁכֵּן סֶלָה: 7:5 Let the enemy pursue my soul and overtake it; And let him trample my life down to the ground And lay my glory in the dust. Selah. (NASB)  David then asks the Lord to rise up in His anger against his enemies and not him.  David declares the Lord to be a judge of the peoples (יְהֹוָה יָדִין עַמִּים) a righteous judge (אֱלֹהִים שׁוֹפֵט צַדִּיק) and then says י   יִגְמָר-נָא רַע | רְשָׁעִים וּתְכוֹנֵן צַדִּיק וּבֹחֵן לִבּוֹת וּכְלָיוֹת אֱלֹהִים צַדִּיק:   7:9 O let the evil of the wicked come to an end, but establish the righteous; For the righteous God tries the hearts and minds.  According to these Scriptures, God tests the hearts of men for righteousness.  To what extent is righteousness or wickedness in your heart? (Matthew 5)  Read more here:   Tehillim 7-Part1

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