Psalm 7: Escape from Persecution

Why do people question whether they can trust God?

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Psalm 7:1 A song of David concerning Cush, a Benjamite.
My Lord and my God, I trust you to keep me safe and deliver me from those who are after me.
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Psalm 7:1 <Shiggaion of David, which he sang unto the Lord, concerning the words of Cush the Benjamite.> O Lord my God, in thee do I put my trust: save me from all them that persecute me, and deliver me:

In the midst of our struggles, how should we feel about God’s protection?

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Job 13:15 God may be killing me, but I still trust him. In standing before him, I declare that I am innocent of any wrongdoing.
Psalm 7:2 Without your protection, they would drag me away and tear me apart like a lion consuming its prey.
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Job 13:15 Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him.
Psalm 7:2 Lest he tear my soul like a lion, rending it in pieces, while there is none to deliver.

How confident was David that his plight was not a consequence of his wrongdoing?

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Psalm 7:3–5 If I am guilty of any wrongdoing, Lord God, if I have rewarded good with evil or without cause have taken from my enemy, then let him capture and kill me. Let him trample my body into the ground and leave my honor in the dust. Pause to think about that.
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Psalm 7:3–5 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.

Is it good to seek vengeance upon our enemies? Why?

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Psalm 7:6 Rise up in vengeance, O Lord, against the fury of my enemies. Vindicate me and bring the justice you have decreed.
Romans 12:19 Fellow believers, don’t seek vengeance when people mistreat you. If needed, God will handle punishment better than you can, for he says in Scripture, Vengeance is mine, and I’ll see justice done.
King James
Psalm 7:6 Arise, O LORD, in thine anger, lift up thyself because of the rage of mine enemies: and awake for me to the judgment that thou hast commanded.
Romans 12:19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.

What motivates multitudes to gather?

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Psalm 7:7 Let the multitudes gather around you and recognize you as their King.
King James
Psalm 7:7 So shall the congregation of the people compass thee about: for their sakes therefore return thou on high.

Should we be alarmed or comforted by knowing that God sees our hearts in judging our actions and motives?

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Psalm 7:8–9 Judge your people, Lord, and certify that I have done nothing wrong.
Look at people’s hearts and judge their actions and motives. Put an end to wickedness and establish righteousness.
King James
Psalm 7:8–9 The Lord shall judge the people: judge me, O Lord, according to my righteousness, and according to mine integrity that is in me. Oh let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end; but establish the just: for the righteous God trieth the hearts and reins.

What must we do for God to come to our defense?

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Psalm 7:10–11 My defense rests with God, who judges in favor of those whose hearts are right. God makes no mistakes in judgment, and wickedness always makes him angry.
King James
Psalm 7:10–11 My defence is of God, which saveth the upright in heart. God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day.

How passionate should Christians be in changing their ways?

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Psalm 7:12–13 If people don’t change their ways, he will sharpen his sword, string his bow, and gather his arrows to kill.
Romans 6:22 Free from sin, you can make God your exclusive employer. Your feeling of self-worth will soar when you know your actions have pleased him and your employment will last forever.
1 Corinthians 6:9 The unrighteous will have no part in the Kingdom of God. Don’t think for a second that God will condone homosexuality, promiscuously indulging in sex, or placing anyone or anything above him in worship.
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Psalm 7:12–13 If he turn not, he will whet his sword; he hath bent his bow, and made it ready. He hath also prepared for him the instruments of death; he ordaineth his arrows against the persecutors.
Romans 6:22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.
1 Corinthians 6:9 now ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,

How can Christians be caught in the traps laid by wicked people?

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Psalm 7:14–15 Wicked people are pregnant with mischief and lies, ready to give birth to more evil. They dig a pit to trap others but will wind up falling in, themselves.
King James
Psalm 7:14–15 For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy. But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases: but God hath called us to peace.

If people know there is a consequence for doing evil, why do they do it?

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Psalm 7:15–16 They dig a pit to trap others but will wind up falling in, themselves. The trouble they create will turn against them. Their striking others will be to them a slap in their own faces.
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Psalm 7:15–16 He made a pit, and digged it, and is fallen into the ditch which he made. His mischief shall return upon his own head, and his violent dealing shall come down upon his own pate.

After enduring traumatic times, how can we have “nothing but good things” to say about God and his greatness?

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Psalm 7:17 I praise you, Lord, for you make no mistakes. You always do what is right. I have nothing but good things to say about the greatness of my Lord, the Most High.
Romans 8:28 All those who love God and are working to fulfill his purpose should know that all things will work together for good.
King James
Psalm 7:17 I will praise the Lord according to his righteousness: and will sing praise to the name of the Lord most high.
Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

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