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Psalms Chapter 7 (Matthew Henry 1710)
“The sinner is described, verses #14-16, as taking
more pains to ruin his soul than, if directed
aright, would save it. This is true, in a sense,
of all sinners. Let us look to the Saviour
under all our trials.
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Psalms Chapter 7 (KJV)
Calling for God’s Justice
With Commentary by Matthew Henry (1710)
The Daily Walk with Miracles, republished September 8, 2017, by Paul Evans, courtesy of The Official King James Bible Online, Bible Commentary on Psalms Chapter 7 is by Matthew Henry (1710). Featured photo is a celebration of God’s unmerited Grace in our lives. I don’t get to my little local Overton Community Church (Facebook), like I should, and I miss my friends there. This morning God gave me the hopeful Luke, Chapter 2 on the nativity and Jesus’ youth. “When all else fails, read the instructions.” I am constantly made aware of my shortcomings and given reason to be humble when reading the New Testament, but, as in today’s featured photograph, from CrossCards, perhaps there is as much or more reason to celebrate God’s grace in our lives. Happy Friday everybody!! Email Paul Evans at email@example.com.
Paul Evans: Here is my own personal “code” of Christianity: “I consider myself a Christian man, spiritualist, charismatic, unorthodox. I don’t like doctrine at all, just as Jesus disliked the teachings of the Pharisees. I simply feel, if we truly want to consider ourselves Christian, all we need to do is believe in Jesus, love God, love our neighbor as ourselves (I mean actually), and don’t hurt and judge people, no matter what it costs. Sorry all you doctrine people, I’m sure in my own mind it’s as simple as that. But I find that few people actually do this. It’s not rocket science and you don’t need to have the Bible memorized, just a very strong familiarity with the Gospels, and always you need the Grace of God in your life. Always remember that salvation is a free gift, but it puts you in a covenental relationship with God, and this can cost you, even up to your life. (Still, quite often lately, I wish I had been more practical and knowledgeable about the terrible sinfulness of this world. It has cost me grievously.) But this is MY code for living, as Jesus has led me to believe.”
See Psalms 144 (KJV) – Asking for God’s Help, The Daily Walk with Miracles, September 1, 2017, by Paul Evans. The few friends in my life know how badly I need His help and Love.
See Psalms for the People: Psalms Chapter 28, The Daily Walk with Miracles, June 16, 2016, by Paul Evans.
See Psalms Chapter 33 (KJV), The Daily Walk with Miracles, October 10, 2016, by Paul Evans. We will be trying to remember to bring our readers more of the Psalms. I believe that when the Psalms are read even by souls seeking after the truth, before God’s grace enters into your heart and you are saved, they are a great blessing. I know that they helped me come to the Lord, and I am very grateful God gave them to us. This Psalm 7 is very personal with me, and I believe it will resonate strongly with many readers.
Psalms Chapter 7 (KJV)
1 (Shiggaion of David, which he sang unto the LORD, concerning the words of Cush the Benjamite.) O LORD my God, in thee do I put my trust: save me from all them that persecute me, and deliver me:
2 Lest he tear my soul like a lion, rending it in pieces, while there is none to deliver.
3 O LORD my God, if I have done this; if there be iniquity in my hands;
4 If I have rewarded evil unto him that was at peace with me; (yea, I have delivered him that without cause is mine enemy:)
5 Let 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.
6 Arise, 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.
7 So shall the congregation of the people compass thee about: for their sakes therefore return thou on high.
8 The LORD shall judge the people: judge me, O LORD, according to my righteousness, and according to mine integrity that is in me.
9 Oh let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end; but establish the just: for the righteous God trieth the hearts and reins.
10 My defence is of God, which saveth the upright in heart.
11 God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day.
12 If he turn not, he will whet his sword; he hath bent his bow, and made it ready.
13 He hath also prepared for him the instruments of death; he ordaineth his arrows against the persecutors.
14 Behold, he travaileth with iniquity, and hath conceived mischief, and brought forth falsehood.
15 He made a pit, and digged it, and is fallen into the ditch which he made.
16 His mischief shall return upon his own head, and his violent dealing shall come down upon his own pate.
17 I will praise the LORD according to his righteousness: and will sing praise to the name of the LORD most high.
Matthew Henry’s Commentary on Psalm 7
(courtesy of the Official King James Bible Online)
The psalmist prays to God to plead his cause, and judge for him. (1-9) He expresses confidence in God, and will give him the glory of his deliverance. (10-17)
1-9 David flees to God for succour. But Christ alone could call on Heaven to attest his uprightness in all things. All His works were wrought in righteousness; and the prince of this world found nothing whereof justly to accuse him. Yet for our sakes, submitting to be charged as guilty, he suffered all evils, but, being innocent, he triumphed over them all. The plea is, “For the righteous God trieth the hearts and the reins.” He knows the secret wickedness of the wicked, and how to bring it to an end; he is witness to the secret sincerity of the just, and has ways of establishing it. When a man has made peace with God about all his sins, upon the terms of grace and mercy, through the sacrifice of the Mediator, he may, in comparison with his enemies, appeal to God’s justice to decide.
10-17 David is confident that he shall find God his powerful Saviour. The destruction of sinners may be prevented by their conversion; for it is threatened, If he turn not from his evil way, let him expect it will be his ruin. But amidst the threatenings of wrath, we have a gracious offer of mercy. God gives sinners warning of their danger, and space to repent, and prevent it. He is slow to punish, and long-suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish. The sinner is described, ver. #14-16, as taking more pains to ruin his soul than, if directed aright, would save it. This is true, in a sense, of all sinners. Let us look to the Saviour under all our trials. Blessed Lord, give us grace to look to thee in the path of tribulation, going before thy church and people, and marking the way by thine own spotless example. Under all the persecutions which in our lesser trials mark our way, let the looking to Jesus animate our minds and comfort our hearts.
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