Psalm 7 (NRSV)
Plea for Help against Persecutors
1O Lord my God, in you I take refuge; save me from all my pursuers, and deliver me,
2or like a lion they will tear me apart; they will drag me away, with no one to rescue.
3O Lord my God, if I have done this, if there is wrong in my hands,
4if I have repaid my ally with harm or plundered my foe without cause,
5then let the enemy pursue and overtake me, trample my life to the ground, and lay my soul in the dust. Selah
David is not claiming to be perfect, but that he is innocent of the charges his enemies have made against him.
6Rise up, O Lord, in your anger; lift yourself up against the fury of my enemies; awake, O my God; you have appointed a judgment.
7Let the assembly of the peoples be gathered around you, and over it take your seat on high.
8The Lord judges the peoples; judge me, O Lord, according to my righteousness and according to the integrity that is in me.
Psalm 139:23-24 (New International Version)
Search me, O God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.
9O let the evil of the wicked come to an end, but establish the righteous, you who test the minds and hearts, O righteous God.
10God is my shield, who saves the upright in heart.
11God is a righteous judge,
and a God who has indignation every day.
12If one does not repent, God will whet his sword; he has bent and strung his bow;
13he has prepared his deadly weapons, making his arrows fiery shafts.
14See how they conceive evil, and are pregnant with mischief, and bring forth lies.
15They make a pit, digging it out, and fall into the hole that they have made.
16Their mischief returns upon their own heads, and on their own heads their violence descends.
My mother used to say, “What you put into the lives of others, comes back into your own.”
17I will give to the Lord the thanks due to his righteousness, and sing praise to the name of the Lord, the Most High.
Divine Majesty and Human Dignity
1O Lord, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens.
1 Timothy 6:15-16 (New International Version)
. . . to the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To him be honor and might forever. Amen.
2Out of the mouths of babes and infants you have founded a bulwark because of your foes, to silence the enemy and the avenger.
a note to “the enemy and the avenger”:
“Aha! Aha! O adversary! To be overcome by behemoth or leviathan might make thee angry; but to be smitten out of infants’ mouths causes thee to bite the dust in utter dishonor. Thou art sore broken, now that ‘out of the mouth of babes and sucklings’ thou art put to shame.”
—C. H. Spurgeon
“From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise . . .” –Psalm 8:2 (NIV)
“The Lord’s Prayer” sung by two-year-old Zoei Toh. !
3When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established;
Let’s consider, for 2 minutes, the heavens, our amazing universe.
4what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them?
1 John 3:1 (New International Version)
How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!
5Yet you have made them a little lower than God, and crowned them with glory and honor.
6You have given them dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under their feet,
7all sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field,
8the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, whatever passes along the paths of the seas.
9O Lord, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth!
A peaceful presentation of Psalm 8.
The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.