Psalm Saturday (7c)

O LORD my God, in thee do I put my trust: save me from all them that persecute me, and deliver me: Lest he tear my soul like a lion, rending it in pieces, while there is none to deliver.  O LORD my God, if I have done this; if there be iniquity in my hands; If I have rewarded evil unto him that was at peace with me; ; (yea, I have delivered him that without cause is mine enemy: )  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.

Psalm 7:1-5

In the first two verses of this Psalm, the Psalmist tells us that he is putting his trust in the Lord and gives us the reasons for that decision.  He understands that there are those who are out to destroy his life and destroy his soul.  He understands that God alone can help and deliver him.  Then in the next few verses, he prays a powerful prayer that we would likely hesitate to pray ourselves.

“O Lord my God, if I have done this; if there be iniquity in my hands; If I have rewarded evil unto him that was at peace with me… 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.

That is a powerful prayer and, honestly, I don’t know that I could or would pray it.  I know that there is iniquity in my hands.  I am a sinner.  I know that I have done wrong to people.  I know that I have done wrong.  I am thankful for the grace and mercy of the Lord Jesus, and that I do not have to pray a prayer like this!

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