Our Psalm (sadly) comes to an end today, as far as our verse-by-verse study is concerned. Yes, I get “attached” to these little chapters of Scripture, don’t you? God’s Word, how thrilling!
David has in some ways come “full circle” now.
“I will praise the LORD according to his righteousness: and will sing praise to the name of the LORD most high.” Psalm 7:17
Earlier (back in verse 8) David spoke of his own righteousness. (Which I thought was unusual. But Isaiah had not yet written his thundering indictment: “We are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.” Isaiah 64:6)
Furthermore, David was indeed innocent of the charges that a man named Cush had falsely hurled at him. So David asserts: “The Lord shall judge the people: judge me, O Lord, according to MY RIGHTEOUSNESS, and according to MINE INTEGRITY that is in me.” Psalm 7, verse 8.
But by Psalm’s end, no longer is David talking about his righteousness, but God’s! “I will praise the LORD according to HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS!”
That’s (very likely) spiritual growth, folks!
Progression, within a 9 verse span of the Bible!
The verb “will praise” is the standard “yadah,” picturing a man “flinging” words of thanksgiving and adoration toward Almighty God in Heaven! Lifting his hands too, in all probability.
And “Righteousness” is the Standard Which God is! His Character! His “Straightness!” Nothing “crooked” being associated with Him at all.
Then David (the “sweet psalmist of Israel” … 2nd Samuel 23:1) “sings” unto His Lord. “Sing praise” translates “zamar,” playing a stringed instrument, that much at least.
And look what David calls God, at the end.
In Hebrew, “el elyon.”
The Name of God often used when sin and apostasy are rampant. When someone is lying about you. Or trying to harm you, even kill you. (Precisely as David was experiencing when he penned Psalm 7.)
The One Who is “ABOVE IT ALL!”
The Psalm began with David’s name.
But it ends with one of the glorious Names of God!
Again, that’s a process of maturation!
Glory to God.
— Dr. Mike Bagwell
Tomorrow I may write one more lesson, summarizing Psalm 7. Otherwise we shall begin a new series of studies then. Either way, it will be God’s Word.