6 Arise, O LORD, in Your anger;
Lift up Yourself against the fury of my enemies,
Awake Yourself for me; You have appointed judgment.
David is starting to zoom out. This Psalm may have been conceived because of an incident with Cush, but now David is “doing” theology.
Oh, that we would “do” theology when looking at our own circumstances. It’s fairly simple, but it is fueled by the Word of God. This is why it is so important that we have “Bible Intake” as Don Whitney calls it.
So, ask yourself what the Bible says about God.
What is God like?
According to Psalm 7, God is angry and He has appointed a judgment.
And anytime we make an observation, we should bring our knowledge of scripture to bear on that thought. I am reminded of this verse.
It is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment. —Hebrews 9:27
We could add many more verses throughout the Bible that confirm that God is angry with sinners, all men are sinners, all men will die once, and all men will be judged.
Here, we have just “done” theology.
Scripture explains Scripture.
In reading this Psalm, I was also reminded that it is okay to suffer for good. Psalm 7 dovetails nicely with 1 Peter 3:9-18. Interestingly, Peter addresses that we will suffer unjustly and he models how we should apply Scripture and know Christ.
Observe how Peter quotes Psalm 34:12-16 and how he points us to Jesus:
1 Peter 3:9-18 (ESV)
9 Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing. 10 For
“Whoever desires to love life
and see good days,
let him keep his tongue from evil
and his lips from speaking deceit;
11 let him turn away from evil and do good;
let him seek peace and pursue it.
12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
and his ears are open to their prayer.
But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”
13 Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good?14 But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, 15 but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, 16 having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. 17 For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil.
18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit.
As we are seeking to study God’s Word and know our Lord Jesus, it is important to know that we can never plumb the depths of any passage of Scripture. It was a difficult week and I clearly didn’t find the time to digest every verse of this Psalm.
We have to be okay with that. We have to press on, being thankful for the daily bread God has given us.
I can meditate on what the Psalm emphasized about the character of God. I can apply what I do know in prayer. I can be a doer of the Word, not merely a hearer (James 1:22).
I can instruct my family to know Christ.
Part of what a husband is called to do is to wash his wife with the Word of God, as Jesus washed the disciples.
Ephesians 5: 25 -29 (ESV)
Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church.
John 15:3 (NKJV)
[Jesus speaking] You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.
Press on to know the Lord
If you are in Christ, you are His beloved instead of His enemy.
If you have repented, He is your Refuge.
Rather than be judged for your sin, you will be shielded by the righteousness of Christ.
Know God and give Him thanks even while suffering.
So let us know, let us press on to know the Lord. —Hosea 6:3