Who is Righteous? – Psalm 7

I found something I hadn’t thought about before in a prayer for help. This is from Psalm 7.

“O Lord my God, I take refuge in you; save and deliver me from all who pursue me, or they will tear me like a lion and rip me to pieces with no one to rescue me. O Lord my God, if I have done this and there is guilt on my hands–if I have done evil to him who is at peace with me or without cause have robbed my foe–then let my enemy pursue and overtake me; let him trample my life to the ground and make me sleep in the dust. Selah” (Psalm 7:1-5 NIV).

Simply put, the psalmist asks God to save and deliver him, then in the heat of encroaching violence with his life at stake he tells God “If I’m guilty of doing evil to my enemy without cause, let him take my life.”

Amazing. How can someone have the kind of confidence that claims he’s free of guilt but if he’s wrong he’s okay with God letting the bad guy take his life?

I think the answer is hinted at in the last verse of this chapter.

“I will give thanks to the Lord because of his righteousness and will sing praise to the name of the Lord Most High” (verse 17).

It looks to me like he’s put his confidence in God’s righteousness.

by Kathy Sheldon Davis