Talks for Growing Christians
David Desires God's Righteousness Over All
Lesson Number 4
- Godly believers desire righteousness, even if it brings hurt to themselves.
- Godly believers desire righteousness, which explains their cry for the hurt of others.
- Don’t fall into your own pit!
- What do we learn from the title of Psalm 7?
- What was the consequence of this slander against David?
- Is David willing to be wrong?
- Discuss the two truths implied when you are willing to be wrong.
- What does “imprecate” mean?
- 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
- 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.
- Yes, David is willing to be caught and killed if he is in the wrong (verses 3-5)!
- 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.
- Imprecate means to curse.
- 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.
- 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?
- 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!
- "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