How many wars started; how many jobs were lost; how many innocents were condemned; and how many friendships were broken because someone said something that was not true about someone else. Someone pushed someone against the other. The information was wrong and because of that the animosity began.
We did not intend to go in that direction. We were not even thinking about that, but someone misconstrued our words and delivered them to the other person, causing a tremendous misunderstanding. Sometimes not even a misunderstanding, but the end of a long friendship, and in some cases an open war are the result.
This is the situation we have in the Psalm 7. David is complaining about a man named Cush from the tribe of Benjamin, the same tribe of Saul, the king.
We all know the story. David was chosen by God to replace Saul as king of Israel. This did not go well with Saul. As a result he tried to kill David. On top of that we have Cush feeding Saul all kinds of information about David. He told Saul that David’s intentions were to kill Saul and take the throne. That was a lie with terrible consequences. Saul believed that information and started a campaign against David, hunting him down all over the place.
On one occasion David had the opportunity to kill Saul but spared his life. Afterward he told Saul: “He said to Saul, “Why do you listen when men say, ‘David is bent on harming you’? 1Samuel 24:9.” At first it seemed that Saul understood, but after a little while he started pursuing David again. Cush was very busy.
How should one handle this kind of situation? How does one pick up the broken pieces of the friendship, if you did not do anything thing to break it? We can learn some valuable lessons from David in this psalm.
The first thing that David does in this prayer is to ask for protection. He did not do anything wrong and he is being persecuted unjustly. The second thing that he declares is: if I did this or if I am wrong, punish me. Let my enemy find and destroy me. He claims his innocence in very strong terms.
The third thing that David asks is for God to intervene and stop his enemies. He recognizes that only God can change the situation. It got to the point that nobody could do anything anymore. That calls for God and His justice and power to do something.
The fourth thing that David asks God is to judge and punish his enemies, not only the ones who were pursuing him, but the one who was fomenting the whole situation. He asks with very strong words for God to deal with them. David is confident that God will castigate those who are treating him unfairly.
Finally, David expresses his faith and trust in God. He does this with a thanksgiving prayer: “I will give thanks to the LORD because of his righteousness and will sing praise to the name of the LORD Most High. Psalm 7:17.”
What we learn from David is that no matter how evil people around us can be; no matter how far friends distance themselves from us; no matter how big the trials are; God is still in control. He is a righteous God. He is the “LORD Most High”, which means The Sovereign God. He is with us. He will fight for us. He will protect us and because of that He is worthy of our gratitude and praises.
Have a blessed week,