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Psalm 7

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David Desires God's Righteousness Over All

Psalm 7

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Lesson Number 4

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. Godly believers desire righteousness, even if it brings hurt to themselves.
  2. Godly believers desire righteousness, which explains their cry for the hurt of others.

Practical Application

  1. Don’t fall into your own pit!

Questions

  1. What do we learn from the title of Psalm 7?
  2. What was the consequence of this slander against David?
  3. Is David willing to be wrong?
  4. Discuss the two truths implied when you are willing to be wrong.
  5. What does “imprecate” mean?

Answers

  1. The author – David The type of psalm – a “Shiggaion,” a Hebrew word which probably means a song of lament The occasion – a response to the slander of Cush, a Benjamite
  2. These lies fueled King Saul’s paranoia that David was trying to usurp the throne. As a result, Saul pursued David in the wilderness and sought to kill him.
  3. Yes, David is willing to be caught and killed if he is in the wrong (verses 3-5)!
  4. You’ve examined your actions and attitudes, and you are convinced before God that you are in the right. You desire God’s righteous standard to be upheld at all costs – even at the cost of your own reputation and honor if you are guilty in any way.
  5. Imprecate means to curse.

Discuss/Consider

  1. Do you desire God’s righteous standards to be upheld at all costs? Think of some examples of what this would look like in real life.
  2. Discuss imprecatory psalms, which call down God’s judgment on the unrighteous. When is it appropriate to pray this type of prayer? When would it not be appropriate?

Challenge

  1. God allows the wicked to catch themselves in their own traps. Are you scheming against a fellow believer or wishing them misfortune? Don’t fall into your own pit!

Key Verses

  • "The LORD shall judge the peoples; Judge me, O LORD, according to my righteousness, And according to my integrity within me. Oh, let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end, but establish the just; for the righteous God tests the hearts and minds." Psalms 7:8-9

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