Speaker: Jerry Cisar
Psalm 7 is one of those psalms that is often passed over if we are doing a fly by through the psalms looking for something we can pray “today”. It is “imprecatory”… meaning it calls judgment down on the supplicant’s enemies. Does the NT command to love our enemies make psalms like this irrelevant? Some might even consider it sinful to pray some of these things. What are we to do with these psalms?
It is not uncommon to think that we can to come to God with our positive emotions (love, joy, gratitude, confidence, contentment), but that we should not go to Him with our negative emotions (anger, grief, anxiety, fear, jealousy). Or at least, if we have those emotions when going to God, that we should not express them. Thinking this way robs us of these psalms.
Psalm 7 is not only relevant for us today, it will help us see how God’s justice in judgment is a cornerstone of our salvation. As John Frame so aptly put it, “Righteousness in Scripture is not only a standard governing conduct, but also a means of salvation.” How is God’s justice a means of salvation? What role might it play in your salvation?
Join us as we examine the 7th Psalm and what it teaches us about how to be angry and not sin, and about God’s anger which in mercy saves us.