Michael Landsberg, Trustee
Specifically Psalm 7
In Psalm 7, David teaches us 5 valuable lessons in how we are to respond to situations where we are attacked by people with accusations.
Lesson 1: We must put our trust in God. Vs.1 “Lord my God I take refuge in you, save and deliver me from all who pursue me.” When people say things about us we need to go to God and place our trust in Him. Despite our instinct to lash back and attack, we must shift our thinking and go directly to God with our frustrations and self-doubt. We need to ask Him to protect us. Go to God and trust Him to protect you.
Lesson 2: We need to ask God to examine the facts. In vs. 3-5 David is inviting God to examine the accusations against him. David puts his trust in God to evaluate the circumstances and determine if the accusations are true. David humbles himself before God–willing to take ownership of his wrongdoings and accept the allotted punishment. David is humbling himself as we should and is willing to take ownership of any wrongdoing he has done. We need to ask God to examine the facts, show us our wrongdoing and be willing to take on the consequences of our actions.
Lesson 3: We need to ask God to act on our behalf. In vs. 6-9 David asks God to rise up and take action against those that are wrongly accusing him. Often, this is where we are misguided and driven to fulfill our own personal needs. We are quick to act and quick to justify those actions because we were wronged. Putting our trust in God means that we need to ask God to act and then know that He will.
Lesson 4: We need to leave any actions up to God. In vs. 10-11 David reminds us that God is our shield and a righteous judge and that we need to leave the judging up to Him. He also reminds us that he will take action on those that are evil. God is well equipped to defend our honor. It is by faith that accepting His help can allow us to move forward in a Godly way. We must resist our urge to lash out, and follow David’s example. We need to ask God to help us to resist the temptation to act in retaliation and remember that ultimately we all stand before God’s judgment throne and will answer for our actions.
Lesson 5: We need to give thanks and praise Him. Vs. 17 says, “I will give thanks to The Lord because of His righteousness; I will sing the praises of the name of The Lord Most High.” Often in our difficulties we forget all of the good in our lives and lose sight of the fact that we need to be thankful for all things in our lives and praise God for the trials and the good. Most importantly in our troubles we need to thank God and give Him praise.