From Chuck Lane
Questions for The Book of Psalms
Calvary Christian Fellowship
Questions for each Psalm.
1. Who is the Psalmist?
- Psalm 7 is inscribed as “A prayer of deliverance: Shiggaion of David, which he sang unto the LORD, concerning the words of Cush the Benjamite.” Shiggaion is thought to mean “crying”; hence, in Psalm 7 king David, who has progressed through distress, vexation and despair is reduced to crying. This is David crying aloud in song. That is, “a loud cry.”
2. Who is/are the speaker(s)?
- David, who is moved by unjust and innocent suffering is pictured; but also it is mankind’s outcry against the “man of sin,” and some believe it reveals prophetically the persecution and the final suffering of the God-fearing remnant of Israel during the time of the Great Tribulation.
3. Who is the audience?
- David is crying aloud to the LORD in the presence of all . . .
4. List those described in the Psalm? How are they described (adjectives used, actions given, consequences prescribed)? Examples from the Bible? Do you know people like this?
- O LORD my God, in thee do I put my trust; save me from all them that persecute me, and deliver me:
- Lest he tear my soul like a lion, rending it in pieces, while there is none to deliver [Ps. 71-2]
o David again enters into prayer, speaking to Our Father with confidence that he is heard. He likens his enemy to the “soul”-tearing lion, Satan: 1 Peter 5:8
o Then he speaks of unjust persecution
- 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:) [Ps.7:3-4]
o Sometimes the LORD reveals his plan for our lives as it happens, sometimes He does so long after we have gone through out travail, and sometimes, so it seems, He withholds his reasons for our tests till eternity. I have been told that the one question God never answers is “Why?” In the process of figuring this out, Job says:
Ø Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him [Job 13:15] (Integrity)
Ø But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold [Job 23:10].
o But we are promised that all questions will be answered, especially the most primal, “Who am I?”
Ø Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. [1 John 3:2]
- Arise, O LORD, in thine anger, lift up thyself because of the rage of mine enemies: and awake for me to judgment that thou hast commanded [Ps. 7:6]
o Here is not the darkness of night as we had in Psalm 6, but the morning light of a new day.
o He cries for God to avenge and vindicate him . . .
- God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day [Ps. 7:11]
o Some have called it the amorality of relativism. Where there is no common good, there can be no good.
Ø All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. [Isaiah 53:6]
o When J. Vernon McGee wrote his commentary on this Psalm (1982) he observed: “At the time I am writing this, we are in a time of ‘new morality,’ which is really just old immorality. God doesn’t go along with it; He is not changing His standards to conform to modern thought. Because of this, we can sing with David.”
- I will praise the LORD according to his righteousness; and will sing praise to the name of the LORD most high [Ps. 7:17]
5. What do you think the speaker is feeling and how do you relate? (done)
6. How is this Psalm quoted in the New Testament? (use and context) http://www.jesuswalk.com/psalms/psalms-NT-quotations.htm
7. What other scriptures are brought to mind through the content, and how might that enlighten or expand the subject of the Psalm. (Column notes, chain references, commentaries, etc.?). (done)