We will give Psalms chapter 7 in metre at the beginning again to
show how easily the Psalms could be sung.

                   THE PSALMS OF DAVID IN METRE

                           Chapter 7

verse 1  "O Lord my God, in thee Do I my trust repose;
          O do thou save, and rescue me From all my cruel foes."
verse 2  "Lest they my soul should tear, And like a lion rend,
          When no deliverer is near To rescue and defend."
verse 3  "Lord, if thy searching eye This crime in me hath seen;
          If on my hand the guilt do lie Of this most grevious sin:"
verse 4  "If evil I repaid To one with me at peace,
          {Yea, my causeless foe did aid, And freely did release;}"
verse 5  "Then let the foe in strife Pursue me as his prey,
          Tread down upon the earth my life, In dust my honor lay."
verse 6  "In wrath lift up thy hand; My foes are filled with rage;
          Awake, and as thy didst command, On my behalf engage."
verse 7  "So saints with one accord Around thee shall draw nigh;
          And therefore for their sakes, O Lord, Do thou return on
verse 8  "Thou, Lord, shall judge all flesh; In judgement take my
          part, According to my righteousness, And purity of heart."
verse 9  "Let sin no longer be, Whilst God the just sustains,
          For God is righteous, and doth see, And try the heart and
verse 10 "God saves the pure in heart; He shields me in my way;
          In judgement takes the just man's part, Hates sinners every
verse 11 "If they do not repent, His sword he sharpened hath,
          His bow is ready made, and bent To execute his wrath."
verse 12 "To smite with deadly blows, His weapons he hath framed;
          Against all persecuting foes His arrows he hath aimed."
verse 13 "The foe hath labored long In vain and wicked things;
          In heart he mischief plans and wrong, And falsehood forth he
verse 14 "A secret pit he made, Where others might be snared;
          He prostrate in that pit is laid Which his own hands
verse 15 "The mischiefs he designed Shall on his head come down;
          His violence reward shall find, Returned on his own crown."
verse 16 "For all his righteousness, The Lord I'll magnify;
          His name will I forever bless, The name of God Most High."

     We will now begin with chapter and verse teaching from the King
James version of the Bible. Psalms 7:1 "{Shiggaion of David, which he
sang unto the LORD, concerning the words of Cush the Benjamite.} O
LORD my God, in thee do I put my trust: save me from all them that
persecute me, and deliver me:"
     The Strong's Concordance says the word Shiggaion means abberation
or rambling poem. Some noted scholars call this Psalm the Song Of The
Slandered Saint. Cush, the Benjamite, does accuse David before Saul.
Saul would have been quick to receive this accusation, even though it
was not true. The cry of all who know God, is O LORD God. This not
only recognizes God, but declares that He is LORD of our lives. I have
said it over and over, many know Jesus as their Saviour, but few
recognize Him as LORD. Notice also the my. When we say that Jesus is
our Saviour and LORD, we are recognizing the blood covenant relation
we have with Him. He shed His blood, and became our Saviour and LORD
in the process. We spoke in an earlier lesson, how this is a personal
relationship of one person and Jesus. Without faith, it is impossible
to please God. David declares immediately that he trusts God. David is
like Christians down through the ages. The only one we can trust is
God. We read that Jesus would build a hedge around His own that no
harm would come to them. This is what David wants here. He wants the
supernatural protection of God. Just as Moses delivered the children
of Israel from Egypt {the world}. David knows God can and will deliver
him. Realize who the enemy is and pray for God to deliver you. My LORD
will send a Moses to lead you out.

     Psalms 7:2 "Lest he tear my soul like a lion, rending [it] in
pieces, while [there is] none to deliver."

     If God is not David's help, there is no hope. Saul would have
totally destroyed David, if it had not been for God protecting David.

     Psalms 7:3 "O LORD my God, if I have done this; if there be
iniquity in my hands;" Psalms 7:4 "If I have rewarded evil unto him
that was at peace with me; (yea, I have delivered him that without
cause is mine enemy:)" Psalms 7:5 "Let the enemy persecute my soul,
and take [it]; yea, let him tread down my life upon the earth, and lay
mine honour in the dust. Selah."

     David is saying here, try me Lord, and see if I have done wrong.
He also says, if I have done wrong, I deserve to be destroyed. David
knows that he has done no wrong, that these are false accusations
against him. Selah, here, is certainly a sigh.

     Psalms 7:6 "Arise, O LORD, in thine anger, lift up thyself
because of the rage of mine enemies: and awake for me [to] the
judgment [that] thou hast commanded."

     David feels safe in the judgement God makes, because he knows it
is just. God never sleeps, so the awake here is just symbolic.
Sometimes when a believer is being persecuted, it seems that God is
asleep and letting this happen to us. We should rejoice in the fact
that God is longsuffering. If He is longsuffering with us, we should
be happy that He is longsuffering with others, in the outside chance
that they should repent and come to God. Jesus is the Judge of the
whole earth. We may not see the sinner judged on the earth for his or
her wrong doing, but they will be judged by Jesus on judgement day.

     Psalms 7:7 "So shall the congregation of the people compass thee
about: for their sakes therefore return thou on high."

     David brings those believers, who have sided with him, to the
attention of the Lord. He is saying in essence, Lord, I am not the
only one who is waiting to hear your judgement. We see a pleading that
the entire congregation will suffer until the Lord intervenes.

     Psalms 7:8 "The LORD shall judge the people: judge me, O LORD,
according to my righteousness, and according to mine integrity [that
is] in me."

     David shows, in this, that to the best of his ability, he has
followed the ways of God. David feels that he is not afraid to be
judged by a righteous Judge. David feels that he has nothing to worry
about from God. We Christians could look at this and know that we
could not stand before the righteous Judge in our own right, but we
have an agreement with God that the righteousness of Christ will save
us from judgement. We need not run away from the righteous Judge, any
more than David did here. When God the Father looks at the Christian,
He sees the blood of His righteous Son, Jesus Christ.

     Psalms 7:9 "Oh let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end;
but establish the just: for the righteous God trieth the hearts and
reins."  Psalms 7:10 "My defence [is] of God, which saveth the upright
in heart."

     Christians are looking forward to the time when they can stand
before the righteous Judge and hear the Lord say, well done thy good
and faithful servant. They are also thinking, Lord how long will it be
until the righteous Judge brings to an end the works of the evil ones?
God does not judge by what we say, or from the appearances from the
outside. God judges the heart of man. Many who profess to be
Christians will be turned away, and Jesus will say, I never knew you.
Jesus looks into the heart of man and judges by what He sees. Jesus is
the advocate of the true believer. I John 2:1 "My little children,
these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we
have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:" Our
defense is belief in Jesus Christ.

     Psalms 7:11 "God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry [with
the wicked] every day." Psalms 7:12 "If he turn not, he will whet his
sword; he hath bent his bow, and made it ready."

     II Peter 3:9 "The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as
some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing
that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance."  God
wants all to be saved. As we have said so many times, the righteous
are those who have accepted Jesus as their Saviour and have been
washed in His blood. We have taken on His righteousness. Jesus is the
Judge of all the world. Sin is anything that displeases God. God not
only hates sin, but is angry with those who continue in sin. There is
a day of judgement coming. Then it will be too late to repent.

     Psalms 7:13 "He hath also prepared for him the instruments of
death; he ordaineth his arrows against the persecutors."

     Matthew 25:32 "And before him shall be gathered all nations: and
he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth [his]
sheep from the goats:" Matthew 25:33 "And he shall set the sheep on
his right hand, but the goats on the left." Matthew 25:34 "Then shall
the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my
Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of
the world:" Matthew 25:41 "Then shall he say also unto them on the
left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared
for the devil and his angels:"  There is a day of reckoning coming and
Jesus Christ the righteous is the Judge. You can see from the verses
here, the terrible fate of those who neglect so great salvation.

     Psalms 7:14 "Behold, he travaileth with iniquity, and hath
conceived mischief, and brought forth falsehood." Psalms 7:15 "He made
a pit, and digged it, and is fallen into the ditch [which] he made."
Psalms 7:16 "His mischief shall return upon his own head, and his
violent dealing shall come down upon his own pate."

     We see from these Scriptures that, the sinner mentioned here has
no one to blame but himself. God gave him a chance, and he refused it.
This person mentioned above is not just a sinner, but is, in fact,
full of sin. The fate he planned for others has come unto him. Jesus
really does not have to judge him, his own choices here on this earth
judge him guilty as charged. We must remember that God is not only a
loving God and a forgiving God, but He is, also, the Judge of the
world.  This man has been weighed in the balance and been found guilty
as charged.

     Psalms 7:17 "I will praise the LORD according to his
righteousness: and will sing praise to the name of the LORD most

     We find that David, as well as all those who have received the
righteousness of Christ, have much to rejoice about. Philippians 2:10
"That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of [things] in
heaven, and [things] in earth, and [things] under the earth;"
Philippians 2:11 "And [that] every tongue should confess that Jesus
Christ [is] Lord, to the glory of God the Father."  Not only will all
praise the name of Jesus which is above all names, but all will bow to
that name, as well.

     The theme, to me, in this Psalm is the separation of the
righteous and the unsaved by the righteous Judge Jesus Christ our

                             Questions 7

1.  What is the song concerning that David sang unto the LORD in
    chapter 7?
2.  Of what tribe was Cush?
3.  What personal name does David call God in verse 1?
4.  What request did David make to God in verse 1?
5.  The Strong's Concordance says Shiggaion means what?
6.  What name do many noted scholars call this Psalm?
7.  Who accused David before Saul?
8.  When we say Jesus is our Saviour and Lord, what are we
9.  Who delivered the Israelites from Egypt?
10. What does Egypt symbolize?
11. What would Saul have done to David, if God had not protected him?
12. David says, if he has done wrong, what does he deserve?
13. Why does David feel safe in the judgement of God?
14. God is not neglecting punishing the evil ones, but is
15. When will the sinner be judged and by whom?
16. In verse 8, David says to judge him, how?
17. When God the Father looks at the Christian, what does He see?
18. What 2 things does the righteous God try from verse 9?
19. What are the Christians looking forward to hearing Jesus say on
    Judgement day to them?
20. Who is our Advocate with the Father?
21. How often is God angry with the wicked?
22. Quote 2 Peter chapter 3 verse 9.
23. What is sin?
24. What does the 25th chapter of Matthew tell us about the
    separation of the saved and lost?
25. Who has the sinner to blame for his fate?
26. Who will bow to the name of Jesus?
27. What does the author think is the theme of chapter 7?