Have you ever been wrongly accused? Has your reputation come under attack even though you’ve done nothing wrong?
David found himself in this very situation and wrote Psalm 7 in response. David knows he is innocent of the charges against him. The attacks against him were so fierce, David cries out to God to rescue him before his enemies can tear him apart like a lion. David appeals to God, the righteous judge, to make things right. He recognizes God Most High as his shield and protector.
O righteous God, who searches minds and hearts,
bring to an end the violence of the wicked and make the righteous secure.
My shield is God Most High, who saves the upright in heart.
God is a righteous judge… Psalm 7:9-11a
David also has insight into the consequences that await his enemies, those who have chosen the wicked way. He records a word picture that helps us see the end result of evil deeds. David says its is like the wicked dig a hole with their mischief and lies, hoping to trap others, but fall into the pit themselves. He says, “The trouble [the wicked man] causes recoils on himself; his violence comes down on his own head.” (v. 16)
So if you find yourself under attack and you know you are innocent, use Psalm 7 to guide your prayers.
- Take refuge in God. He is your protector.
- Cry out to God to deliver you from those who pursue you.
- Appeal to God, the righteous judge, to make things right.
- Remember that God Most High is your shield.
- Recognize that those who are spreading lies are only digging a hole for themselves.
- Give thanks to the Lord and praise His name.
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
Father, I take refuge in you today. You are God Most High, the righteous judge, who searches minds and hearts. Protect me from the accusations of the enemy. Be my shield. I pray that those who spread lies would repent and turn to you. I praise you and thank you for acting on my behalf. Amen.