Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Psalm 7 & God's love

Psalm 7 pleads with God to save us from the enemies. So much so that one can hear the volume of the Psalm in the voice of a boy sent to his room for a timeout protesting his innocence and his moral outrage. “Why? I didn’t do it!”

Yet, Psalmist opens out in dark plains of his fears and outrage to the possibility that he too might be guilty of the crimes he prods God to avenge. If I have done these things, then let me suffer like my enemies. We Christians understand that we are all stained by our the shopping list of violence catalogued in Psalm 7. So are all to expect God’s judgement as the Psalm 7 demands of God. Violence without end? Where is the peace that knows no end come in? Context opens the door and lets us free ourselves from the punishing dark room where we protest, “them, God, get them and not me.”

King David is being pursued to be killed and he must take flight from those enemies that wish to dry his moving blood. Psalm 7, his poem of pleading for God’s help does show he is aware of his own failings. How many of us want God to take vengeance on our enemies and yet don’t consider that we too are the pursuer as well as the victim? The King David asks God to take his vengeance on King David’s enemies. He asks God for their own violence be turned on them. That they fall into the pit they dig, in others words, to take the effects of their actions upon themselves. If the loved God and others, then would God’s judgement be the return of Love to them?

For Christians, God does allow the judgement of David, but in his steadfast love, he takes on the cross. God in Jesus allows the violence of man onto to his person and nailed to the cross. God takes our violence and returns it to us so we can see what King David glimpses. When we see the cross, we should see that we are violent and like a mirror, we can choose life. We can finally take refuge in God and God grants us the ability to love, love God and love others. We find relief from the persecutors in our lives and the ones living within our own skin. God has pronounced judgement in the forgiveness of sin and asks us to return to him. That is the only miracle I need in my life. My God bless my son and my wife. May the Lord who is always with me love me even in this dark time?

Psalm 7

Plea for Help against Persecutors

A Shiggaion of David, which he sang to the Lord concerning Cush, a Benjaminite.

O Lord my God, in you I take refuge;
    save me from all my pursuers, and deliver me,
or like a lion they will tear me apart;
    they will drag me away, with no one to rescue.
O Lord my God, if I have done this,
    if there is wrong in my hands,
if I have repaid my ally with harm
    or plundered my foe without cause,
then let the enemy pursue and overtake me,
    trample my life to the ground,
    and lay my soul in the dust.Selah
Rise up, O Lord, in your anger;
    lift yourself up against the fury of my enemies;
    awake, O my God;[a] you have appointed a judgment.
Let the assembly of the peoples be gathered around you,
    and over it take your seat[b] on high.
The Lord judges the peoples;
    judge me, O Lord, according to my righteousness
    and according to the integrity that is in me.
O let the evil of the wicked come to an end,
    but establish the righteous,
you who test the minds and hearts,
    O righteous God.
10 God is my shield,
    who saves the upright in heart.
11 God is a righteous judge,
    and a God who has indignation every day.
12 If one does not repent, God[c] will whet his sword;
    he has bent and strung his bow;
13 he has prepared his deadly weapons,
    making his arrows fiery shafts.
14 See how they conceive evil,
    and are pregnant with mischief,
    and bring forth lies.
15 They make a pit, digging it out,
    and fall into the hole that they have made.
16 Their mischief returns upon their own heads,
    and on their own heads their violence descends.
17 I will give to the Lord the thanks due to his righteousness,
    and sing praise to the name of the Lord, the Most High.