Psalms 7

* The psalmist prays to God to plead his cause, and judge for

him. (1-9) He expresses confidence in God, and will give him the

glory of his deliverance. (10-17)1-9 David flees to God for succour. But Christ alone could call

on Heaven to attest his uprightness in all things. All His works

were wrought in righteousness; and the prince of this world

found nothing whereof justly to accuse him. Yet for our sakes,

submitting to be charged as guilty, he suffered all evils, but,

being innocent, he triumphed over them all. The plea is, "For

the righteous God trieth the hearts and the reins." He knows the

secret wickedness of the wicked, and how to bring it to an end;

he is witness to the secret sincerity of the just, and has ways

of establishing it. When a man has made peace with God about all

his sins, upon the terms of grace and mercy, through the

sacrifice of the Mediator, he may, in comparison with his

enemies, appeal to God's justice to decide.
10-17 David is confident that he shall find God his powerful

Saviour. The destruction of sinners may be prevented by their

conversion; for it is threatened, If he turn not from his evil

way, let him expect it will be his ruin. But amidst the

threatenings of wrath, we have a gracious offer of mercy. God

gives sinners warning of their danger, and space to repent, and

prevent it. He is slow to punish, and long-suffering to us-ward,

not willing that any should perish. The sinner is described,

ver. #14-16|, as taking more pains to ruin his soul than, if

directed aright, would save it. This is true, in a sense, of all

sinners. Let us look to the Saviour under all our trials.

Blessed Lord, give us grace to look to thee in the path of

tribulation, going before thy church and people, and marking the

way by thine own spotless example. Under all the persecutions

which in our lesser trials mark our way, let the looking to

Jesus animate our minds and comfort our hearts
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