Psalm Saturday (7a)

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.  So shall the congregation of the people compass thee about: for their sakes therefore return thou on high.  The Lord shall judge the people: judge me, O Lord, according to my righteousness, and according to mine integrity that is in me.  Oh let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end; but establish the just: for the righteous God trieth the hearts and reins.

Psalm 7:6-9

Again in this Psalm, the Psalmist prays a powerful but hard prayer.  He is asking the Lord to rise up and help him.  He is asking the Lord to destroy his enemies and the enemies of all of the people of God.  That part is understandable.  We all want the Lord to help us with our enemies.  But then he says something a little different: “judge me, O Lord, according to my righteousness, and according to mine integrity that is in me.”

Just like in the first few verses of this Psalm, I don’t know if I would be confident enough to pray this prayer.  In fact, I know I wouldn’t be.  I don’t want the Lord to judge me “according to my righteousness.”  I don’t want the Lord to judge me “according to mine integrity that is in me.”  I don’t know if the author of this Psalm had his prayers answered or not.  But I am thankful that I don’t have to pray that kind of prayer.

I am thankful that the Lord judges me according to the righteousness of Jesus, and not my own righteousness.  What a wonderful Saviour!

2 responses to this post.

  1. I am thankful for that too, Ben! God bless you!

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