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Psalm 7

7:0When David was young, he worked for King Saul. Saul was King of Israel 1050 years before Jesus came to earth. Everybody liked David. This made Saul angry. He wanted to kill David. So David ran away from Saul. David lived in the fields and woods and mountains. Saul tried to catch David, but he could not.

David had other enemies. One was Cush. Cush was from the people of Benjamin. They were one of the 12 tribes (or large families) that made up Israel. Cush told Saul, ‘David wants to kill you.’ This was not true.

Someone told David what Cush had said. This hurt David very much. What David felt is in Psalm 7. The psalm says, ‘If I want to kill Saul, then Cush must kill me. If I do not want to do it, then Cush must die.’

In the psalm, David asked God to say who is right. God must be the judge. In this psalm, judges were not as they are today. Today judges decide if somebody is bad. In the psalms, judges gave help to people. They also led the Jews when they fought their enemies. They were political leaders. This means government leaders.

Three kings ruled Israel. They were Saul, David and Solomon. Then Judah and Israel became separate countries. They had a king each. One king ruled Judah and Benjamin; the other king ruled the other 10 tribes.

David and Cush

David showed what he felt.

He sang to the LORD because of what Cush said.

Cush was from Benjamin.

1 LORD, my God, I am hiding in you.

Keep me safe from all those people that are trying to catch me.

Make me safe,

2 or he will tear me to pieces as a wild animal would.

He will tear me to pieces and nobody will find me.

3-4 LORD, my God, if I did this:

· if my hand did something wrong

· if I did something bad to a friend

· if I robbed my enemy without a reason

5 then I want him to catch me.

I want him to knock me to the ground.

I want him to kill and bury me.

SELAH

7:5Verses 1-5: David asks God to keep him safe from his enemy. In verse 2, the wild animal is a lion. David probably means that Cush is like a wild animal. David says that Cush can kill David if Cush is right. David says this because he knows that Cush is wrong! The friend in verse 4 is probably Saul. In verse 5, ‘him’ is probably Cush.

6 LORD, get up and show that you are angry.

Fight my angry enemies.

Wake up, my God, and tell us who is right.

7 I want everybody to stand round you.

Rule over them from above.

8 LORD, tell us who is right when people argue.

LORD Most High, say that I am righteous and honest.

9 Stop the godless from fighting. Make the righteous safe.

God of the righteous, look at how we think and feel.

10 God Most High is a shield over me.

He makes everyone that has a clean heart safe.

11 God is a righteous judge.

God shows his anger every day.

7:11Verses 6-11: David asks God to be the judge. This means David wants God to give David help. This help will show everybody that David is right. David does not want to kill Saul. In verse 6, David tells God to wake up! He thinks God is asleep as God is not doing anything. But then David remembers that God never sleeps. In verse 11 David says that God gives help to people every day. He does this by showing his anger in many ways.

12 if he does not change his mind, he will make his sword sharp.

He will bend his bow and make it ready.

7:12Verses 12-16: These verses are three pictures.

13 He will prepare weapons of death for bad people.

He will make ready arrows of fire.

7:13Verses 12-13: God uses weapons as a soldier does. This is a picture. God has many ways to punish people. Punish means ‘hurt people who do wrong.’

14 Look! The bad man is pregnant with evil.

He conceives trouble. He gives birth to false ideas.

7:14Verse 14: Cush is like a woman having a baby. Cush is not having a real baby. The ‘baby’ is the bad things that he does.

15 He digs a hole. He makes it deep.

Then he himself falls into the hole that he has made!

16 The trouble that he makes for others falls on his own head.

His own violence comes down on the top of himself!

7:16Verses 15-16: Cush digs a hole and falls in it himself. This means that God judged that David was right. So God punished Cush. We do not know how God did to Cush what Cush wanted to do to David.

17 I will thank the LORD because he is righteous.

I will sing praise to the name of the LORD Most High.

7:17Verse 17: The end of the psalm looks back to the LORD Most High. David probably wrote this part later.