Lord my God, I take refuge in You;
save and deliver me from all who pursue me…
Save and Deliver Me From All Who Pursue Me – Psalm 7:1-9
1 Lord my God, I take refuge in You;
save and deliver me from all who pursue me,
2 or they will tear me apart like a lion
and rip me to pieces with no one to rescue me.
3 Lord my God, if I have done this
and there is guilt on my hands—
4 if I have repaid my ally with evil
or without cause have robbed my foe—
5 then let my enemy pursue and overtake me;
let him trample my life to the ground
and make me sleep in the dust.
6 Arise, Lord, in your anger;
rise up against the rage of my enemies.
Awake, my God; decree justice.
7 Let the assembled peoples gather around you,
while you sit enthroned over them on high.
8 Let the Lord judge the peoples.
Vindicate me, Lord, according to my righteousness,
according to my integrity, O Most High.
9 Bring to an end the violence of the wicked
and make the righteous secure—
you, the righteous God
who probes minds and hearts.
In Psalm 7, the psalmist pleads for God to protect and deliver him from his enemies. Notice how he asks the Lord to search his own heart and, if there is any guilt on his own hand, requests rightful justice to be served: “Vindicate me, Lord, according to my righteousness, according to my [own] integrity…”. A mighty and brave display of David’s humility and righteous character. Two virtues that always led to answered prayer and breakthrough.
God loves to answer the prayers of a righteous, God-fearing person. Not surprisingly, the most powerful prayers throughout history have been the most honest and humble ones. As you prayerfully mediate on this psalm today, think of ways you can better and more honestly open your heart to the Lord. Is there anything in your life that you feel you should repent of? Is there anyone that you are harboring anger towards? If so, make things right before God and neighbor so that God can honor your every request. Ask Him today to prove (to test) your heart and mind and to weed out any destructive habits. This simple prayer will not only set you free but lead you along a path of ever-lasting peace and joy.
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