Today’s reading came from Psalm 7, written by King David, the greatest of all ancient Israel's kings. To do something a bit different, I used Eugene Peterson’s paraphrase, The Message. The language is somewhat lurid in places, but does a good job on conveying the meaning of the words of this Psalm to contemporary readers.
What we see here is that David was threatened by his enemies, as often happened during his life. This time he mentions Cush. Cush was from the tribe of Benjamin, which means that he probably followed Saul. As I’m sure you all know, Saul considered David to be his enemy.
We see him once again pouring out his heart or even complaining before God. He’s asking God for help and deliverance, but he knows that he can’t expect it if he is as guilty before God as his enemies are. He may not have sinned in the same way his enemies have, but he's still a sinner.
David knows that compared to his enemies, he’s done no wrong, but in the end, as we read elsewhere in Scripture, none of us are righteous in God’s eyes. None of us are without sin. God’s justice applies equally to all of us. Those of us who have faith in Jesus can trust and rejoice in God’s mercy. We have righteousness imputed to us through Christ.
It’s very humbling to read these words coming from a great man of God like David. Despite his failings, he was described as a man after God’s own heart. This is a reminder to us all, and certainly to me, to keep a short account with God.
You’ll never get me standing here and telling you to do things that I’m not prepared to do myself. If nothing else, this is a reminder to all of us of how important it to use your prayer time to confess your sins to Him. It’s a good thing to trust in His justice, but all of us need to trust in His mercy as well. I’ll leave you to ponder that.
Heavenly Father, how grateful we are for your justice; that one day you will defeat all evil forever. We, as your children, are also grateful for your mercy towards us. But help us all not to take this for granted.
We ask this in Your Name.