Saturday, January 17, 2009

Psalm 7

Okay, I knew this would happen one day...but did it have to happen this soon? I'm really hard put to see differences between some psalms and others. Yeah, I'm honest. Why hide that? There's a lot of the same stuff that happens in psalm after psalm. Enemy after enemy.

So what do we do with this? Well, honestly...some folks will have one favorite psalm over another. Yet those two psalms will be pretty similar. The thing to do is to look at the psalm and see what the holy spirit brought out in your soul at this particular reading.

So I won't examine the use of lion in this psalm. (Lion btw is a symbol that is used both for the Messiah and for the devil. Same thing with Morning Star. So don't start thinking that certain symbols are exclusively one thing. After a while one knows these symbols. Psalm 91 really does a great job of discussing the different types of enemies -- spiritual and otherwise-- that come at folks. The lion here -- and in much of the Scripture-- seems to represent a kind of enemy that hunts the spiritual person and preys upon the good person, tearing them to pieces.

This reading the verse that jumps out at me is verse 14. The birthing of sin. Sin is often seen first as a planted seed, then a conception, then a travailing or being in labor, then a giving birth. Compare this verse with

Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. James 1:14-16

The thing is a seed is very tiny. One almost never connects it with its fruit. How many seemingly small things have we ignored which will grow into wonderful fruit and life or into death? No wonder the Bible tells us to take the little foxes that spoil our vines because our vines have tender grapes. No wonder it tells us to despise not (don't belittle) the day of small things.

Often the fruit we are eating now in our lives -- good or bad-- are stuff whose seeds we weren't aware we were planting...back in the day. Let us ask God to enlighten us as to what seed we're planting

1O LORD my God, in thee do I put my trust: save me from all them that persecute me, and deliver me:

2Lest he tear my soul like a lion, rending it in pieces, while there is none to deliver.

3O LORD my God, If I have done this; if there be iniquity in my hands;

4If I have rewarded evil unto him that was at peace with me; (yea, if I have delivered him that without cause is mine enemy:)

5Let the enemy persecute my soul, and take it; yea, let him tread down my life upon the earth, and lay mine honour in the dust. Selah.

6Arise, O LORD, in thine anger, lift up thyself because of the rage of mine enemies: and awake for me to the judgment that thou hast commanded.

7So shall the congregation of the people compass thee about: for their sakes therefore return thou on high.

8The LORD shall judge the people: judge me, O LORD, according to my righteousness, and according to mine integrity that is in me.

9Oh let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end; but establish the just: for the righteous God trieth the hearts and reins.

10My defence is of God, which saveth the upright in heart.

11God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day.

12If he turn not, he will whet his sword; he hath bent his bow, and made it ready.

13He hath also prepared for him the instruments of death; he ordaineth his arrows against the persecutors.

14Behold, he travaileth with iniquity, and hath conceived mischief, and brought forth falsehood.

15He made a pit, and digged it, and is fallen into the ditch which he made.

16His mischief shall return upon his own head, and his violent dealing shall come down upon his own pate.

17I will praise the LORD according to his righteousness: and will sing praise to the name of the LORD most high.
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