Psalm 7 is like a restless mind going back and forth between what we know is true about our relationship with the Almighty and what the rest of the world might be saying about us.
David is in trouble. Someone is after him and if they are successful in their pursuit it will be a disaster for him. If all there is to life is what we see with our eyes then we are in trouble because our enemies are powerful in this world.
David’s first response is to ask the Almighty to search him and see if there is wickedness in his own heart (compare Psalm 7:3-5 to Psalm 139:23-24)
O LORD my God, if I have done this; Psalm 7:3a kj
“If” is a question that expects a negative answer (but is open to what God tells him). “If” I have done this. Yesterday in ladies devotions we briefly talked about the Hebrew word z’ot which is always translated “this” but z’ot is not a pronoun, it does not refer back to a subject that has already been talked about. Z’ot is not a determiner or an adverb like the English word “this.” When David says, “If I have done this” he is not referring to something already written about in the passage or referring to the next subject. Z’ot is a specific Hebrew word that must have been difficult to translate. The base of the word is ‘ot which is a pictograph of the Almighty (the letter aleph) and His sign (the letter tav) When Moses wrote a letter tav it looked exactly like a cross. From the beginning, from Genesis 1:1 where the first use of ‘ot is written (but never translated into English). The pictograph for ‘ot is “The God of the cross.”
In the Revelation, Jesus himself said that he is the ‘ot but since we have it from Greek, it takes us a while to make the connection that the alpha and omega in Greek IS the aleph-tav, the God of the cross, in Hebrew.
Revelation 1:8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”
Revelation 21:6 Then He said to me, “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give to the one who thirsts from the spring of the water of life without cost.
Revelation 22:13 “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.” nasu
Our word, ’ot has a prefix added to it. The Hebrew letter zayin, which is a pictograph of a great weapon, a sword. Paul has called the z’ot the sword of the spirit (Ephesians 6:17). The great sword of the Spirit is used to “cut” covenant with us. Remember Abraham cutting the animals that the Almighty walked through? The idea of cutting covenant is that if we violate the covenant, God has the right to use the sword on us as it was used on the animals. In Psalm 7:3 David is saying that he has not violated his covenant with the Almighty (nor has he done the other things that are easier to understand in verses 3 and 4). If he had, the Almighty himself would be right to cut David down.
David is in a difficult circumstance with someone. They are cruel, they make him answer for evil he has not done, they gossip about him to destroy his reputation. He is unable to fight them on his own. But God is his shield and is trustworthy to follow through on His Judgment of these people. He will turn their wickedness on their own heads while David is free to praise the Almighty!
Gossip is so painful. It cuts a person to ribbons when they cannot defend themselves. Gossip causes even our friends to look at us with suspicion. There is almost nothing we can do about gossip… almost nothing. David says that God is his shield. So did Paul.
Ephesians 6:16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. kj
There are fights in this life that are not yours to fight. You belong to the Almighty. Your reputation belongs to him, not to you. The enemy will attack you without reason. He will try to cut you to bits, to turn people you love against you. What can you do?
Our word of the week is Refuge (psalm 7:1, or trust in kj and nkj) Run to God, let him be your safe place, your refuge, someone you can trust with your heart. How do you do that? Look at the last verse of Psalm 7:17 I will praise the LORD according to his righteousness: and will sing praise to the name of the LORD most high. kj
Practice the power of praise. Why is it important to me that you learn the attributes of God? His attributes are the foundation of praise.
(verse 1) Heavenly father I praise you because you are TRUSTWORTHY, and a REFUGE, a safe place for me.
(verse 6) Lord I praise you for your ANGER against evil, when the enemy comes against me you rise up in judgment.
(verse 8) Lord I praise you, I love you because you vindicate (I am using the esv also known as the nasu)
(verse 17) Lord I love you because you are RIGHTEOUS.
You get the idea. When you read the word, I strongly encourage you to find out who God says he is in the passage you are reading, then pray it back to him by telling him that you praise or love him for that characteristic. You will be amazed at what happens.
Mrs. Hagerty, October 20, 2015