God! God! I am running to you for dear life;
the chase is wild.
If they catch me, I’m finished:
ripped to shreds by foes fierce as lions,
dragged into the forest and left
unlooked for, unremembered.
God, if I’ve done what they say—
betrayed my friends,
ripped off my enemies—
If my hands are really that dirty,
let them get me, walk all over me,
leave me flat on my face in the dirt.
Stand up, God; pit your holy fury
against my furious enemies.
Wake up, God. My accusers have packed
the courtroom; it’s judgment time.
Take your place on the bench, reach for your gavel,
throw out the false charges against me.
I’m ready, confident in your verdict:
Close the book on Evil, God,
but publish your mandate for us.
You get us ready for life:
you probe for our soft spots,
you knock off our rough edges.
And I’m feeling so fit, so safe:
made right, kept right.
God in solemn honor does things right,
but his nerves are sandpapered raw.
Nobody gets by with anything.
God is already in action—
Sword honed on his whetstone,
bow strung, arrow on the string,
Lethal weapons in hand,
each arrow a flaming missile.
Look at that guy!
He had sex with sin,
he’s pregnant with evil.
Oh, look! He’s having
the baby—a Lie-Baby!
See that man shoveling day after day,
digging, then concealing, his man-trap
down that lonely stretch of road?
Go back and look again—you’ll see him in it headfirst,
legs waving in the breeze.
That’s what happens:
I’m thanking God, who makes things right.
I’m singing the fame of heaven-high God.
-Psalm 7 MSG
I think something that we tend to forget about David is just how freaking manly the guy was. War hero, bear killer, lion slayer, giant defeater…this dude was rough and tough as they come. And, even in the midst of his amazing feats, strength and battle plans…macho-ness…we find him, time and time again, overwhelmed with the realities of the world that surrounds him.
David quickly realizes each moment exactly how serious his situation really is. That, should God not move, he will be rendered powerless and defeated by these enemies much stronger than he.
On the same hand, though, David knows the God he is crying out to. He realizes the power that God holds, and he knows that in just a moment…God can make all things right and cast His judgement on the enemies of Israel.
“Nobody gets by with anything.
God is already in action—”
God is already in action — what a powerful declaration. God is already moving in this seemingly helpless situation.
Scholars have debated the context of this verse. Is this referencing 2 Samual 16? Is is recalling Saul’s plots against David? Nobody really knows. But what can be seen, is David felt helpless…but hope-filled and trusted in God to do what He did, time and time again.
May we have the heart of David shown as he wraps up this Psalm:
“I’m thanking God, who makes things right.
I’m singing the fame of heaven-high God.”
That, even in the middle of the chaos…of the pain…of the confusion…of the looming and impending doom; we can say “I am thanking God who makes things right.”
He is already on the move, my friends.