Psalm 7

Psalm 7  •  2 min. read  •  grade level: 10
This Psalm, of which the title shows the occasion, exhibits the confidence of the beloved in His righteousness, as in the presence of the enemy and the blasphemer, though in anxiety to deliver the congregation, compare John 17, last part especially. In the circumstances of the history, this Psalm is the latter end oft Peter 4.
If Psa. 6 was the humiliation of the soul in the sin of the people, and thus moral separation from it—just the place Christ had to take—this Psalm looks at them in conscious integrity, for that was Christ's actual place, and the Remnant's as renewed through grace. Hence, not deliverance, nor mercy saving, and putting the enemies to shame in goodness, but righteousness is looked for, " The Lord shall judge the peoples "—He will arise in His anger—He judges the righteous, establishes the just, whets His sword against the wicked if he do not turn. In a word, the Lord is praised according to His righteousness, and as taking the name of " Most High." The Remnant can take this ground, as founded on the character of God, only through the consciousness of personal integrity, but based on the absolute integrity of Christ Himself. If Christ did not speak this for them, their utmost point would be Psa. 6, even as renewed, but Christ, having in grace entered into that for them, brings in the intrinsic righteousness with Him; compare, though it may go farther, the owning of Christ after John's baptism. After the rest of the humiliation and confession of Psa. 6, the soul, through grace and Christ, can take the place of this Psalm, but here, as among the Jews, because it looks for judgment on the wicked, still it is ever true as to the government of God.
The latter days come clearly out in this Psalm, closed by the glory of the Son of man in the following Psalm.
The Psalm seems a special plea against Antichrist. If the godly were like him (Absalom and Saul are here united, which Shimei's words did), let the enemies externally prevail. But he calls on Jehovah to arise; verses 6, 7 and 8, show the result.
7. Of the peoples rum-mim (nations).
8. People, Am-mim (peoples).