Saturday Psalm (7c)

Behold, he travaileth with iniquity, and hath conceived mischief, and brought forth falsehood.  He made a pit, and digged it, and is fallen into the ditch which he made.  His mischief shall return upon his own head, and his violent dealing shall come down upon his own pate.  I will praise the Lord according to his righteousness: and will sing praise to the name of the Lord most high.

Psalm 7:14-17

In this passage, we get a look at a wicked life.  We then get one verse of praise to the Lord for His righteousness.

The life of the wicked is marked by many things.  A few of them are listed in this passage: iniquity, mischief, falsehood, and violence.  I think we would all agree that those are all marks of the wicked man.

Iniquity is simply sin.  The wicked man’s life is characterized by sin.  Mischief is something that is not often linked with wickedness, but it is here.  People seem to get into mischief when they don’t have anything to do.  The wicked man is characterized by doing stupid things – mischief.  He “brings forth falsehood.”  The wicked man is a liar and lies are part of his nature.  He is characterized by his lies.  He is violent.  The just man is a peaceful man.  The wicked man is characterized by his love for and use of violence.

Verse 15 describes the wicked man as digging a pit and falling in it.  That really is a perfect description of the wicked man.  He spends his time trying to destroy others and ends up destroyed himself.

The Psalm ends on a positive note, with the Psalmist praising the name of the Lord and praising Him for His righteousness.  We can be thankful for the Lord and thankful for His righteousness and thankful that He has taken us out of the ranks of the wicked!


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