WHO OF US DARES TO PRAY, AS PSALM 7 DOES:
“IF THERE IS WRONG IN MY HANDS…
LET MY ENEMY PURSUE MY SOUL AND OVERTAKE IT?”
DAVID DID DARE, BUT WE MUST SEE BEYOND DAVID TO CHRIST,
TO THE ONLY ONE WHO HAS NEVER DONE WRONG.
FOR WHEN WE SEE CHRIST AT THE CENTER OF THIS PSALM
IT HELPS US ENTER INTO HIS SUFFERING
AND THEN WE CAN KNOW WHY HE CAN SO COMPASSIONATELY ENTER INTO OURS.
WHAT DOES IT FEEL LIKE TO BE BETRAYED AND SLANDERED?
Patrick Henry Reardon, echoes Mike Reeves when he writes in “Christ in the Psalms”
The underlying voice in the Psalms is not simply “man” but “the Man.”
Do you remember when Mike Reeves said that the underlying man in Psalm 1 was Christ?
And the underlying king in Psalm 2 was Christ?
And that these opening psalms are like the six days of creation leading up to Psalm 8 where the man who has been given dominion over all is not just Adam, but Christ?
The intricate beauty of The Word, like the intricate beauty of the solar system, causes me to worship.
Patrick Reardon writes:
“To pray this psalm properly is to enter into the mind of the Lord in the context of his redemptive Passion… It is to taste in some measure, the bitterness and the gall.”
Beginning with Christ instead of ourselves gives us perspective, a perspective we sorely need.
Betrayal is so painful — and many of you are living with it. A husband, a child, or a kindred spirit friend has turned on you.
I have often seen pastors slandered by a group or individual within the congregation who have a personal agenda. Betrayal is real — but it is not the end of the story.
In the rushing rapids of betrayal, God throws us first the lifeline of Christ: grab it and you’ll make it through, swim on your own, and you’ll sink.
1. What stood out to you from the above and why?
2. Why is betrayal, especially from those you have served and loved, so painful?
Monday-Friday Bible Study
I never want to give you a sermon just to give you a sermon, and this week I found none I thought wonderful enough to give you. But the psalm is meaty, and we will have a good discussion. Do two questions a day to keep up.
Background: Commentators surmise that it was Cush the Benjamite, who was near to the throne of Saul, who accused David falsely of treason. David had served Saul and twice spared his life — but still he is being hunted. Sara Groves sings about David’s feelings when hiding from Saul in her “Cave of Abdullum.” You may need to download spotify (it’s free) to hear it — but I’m hoping you can hear it: LINK
Elizabeth found this better link for the above: I did have trouble with the Sara Groves link–but this site worked for me, and the lyrics are posted too:
In the top left corner, you’ll see a small “play” button (I missed it for a few minutes! 😉
3. If you could hear Sara’s song, share what stood out to you — or if not, what emotions do you imagine David was having?
A. What is David’s prayer?
B. As a shepherd, what had he seen lions do? What fear do you see?
C. How did Jesus pray in Gethsemane?
D. How are the enemies of Jesus described in Psalm 22:12-13?
E. Who is the real enemy behind the enemies?
F. Listen to this musical rendition of Psalm 7 and let us know your thoughts.
5. Read Psalm 7:3-5
A. Find the three “if’s” and describe the pain beneath.
B. Kidner compares this to Job’s pain, when his friends maligned him. What do you remember about this?
C. Find an example of Christ being slandered.
6. Read Psalm 7:6-11
A. Describe the prayer.
B. The only way we would dare pray verse 8 is in the righteousness of Christ, as He covers us with His. But indeed, in Him, we can pray this way. Pray this now, for yourself, first confessing any known sin, and then hiding in His righteousness.
B. How was Christ vindicated by God eventually?
C. Why will God do the same for you, as His child? (See the last part of John 17:23 and let it penetrate your heart.)
7. Read Psalm 7:12-16
A. When it seems like workers of evil are getting away with it, what truth must we tell our souls?
B. How have you seen this happen?
8. How does this psalm close? Pray it now.
9.Victor Hugo’s Les Mis in many ways portrays how God will come to the aid of his children who are betrayed and slandered, which was
certainly the case of Jean Val Jean. I don’t know much about the French Revolution, but I do know that when my heart breaks over
children killed by chemicals in Syria, that one day God will make that right too. Watch the close of Les Mis and share your comments:
10. You may be thinking — I don’t see God coming to the aid of all His children who are slandered and betrayed. What does Hebrews 11:36-40 tell us is the end of the story?
11. What is your take-a-way and why?