1 A Shiggaion of David, which he sang to the LORD concerning the words of Cush, a Benjaminite.
O LORD my God, in You do I take refuge; save me from all my pursuers and deliver me, 2 lest like a lion they tear my soul apart, rending it in pieces, with none to deliver. 3 O LORD my God, if I have done this, if there is wrong in my hands, 4 if I have repaid my friend with evil or plundered my enemy without cause, 5 let the enemy pursue my soul and overtake it, and let him trample my life to the ground and lay my glory in the dust. Selah
6 Arise, O LORD, in Your anger; lift Yourself up against the fury of my enemies; awake for me; You have appointed a judgment. 7 Let the assembly of the peoples be gathered about You; over it return on high. 8 The LORD judges the peoples; judge me, O LORD, according to my righteousness and according to the integrity that is in me. 9 Oh, let the evil of the wicked come to an end, and may You establish the righteous– You who test the minds and hearts, O righteous God!
10 My shield is with God, who saves the upright in heart. 11 God is a righteous judge, and a God who feels indignation every day. 12 If a man does not repent, God will whet His sword; He has bent and readied His bow; 13 He has prepared for Him His deadly weapons, making His arrows fiery shafts.
14 Behold, the wicked man conceives evil and is pregnant with mischief and gives birth to lies.
15 He makes a pit, digging it out, and falls into the hole that he has made. 16 His mischief returns upon his own head, and on his own skull his violence descends. 17 I will give to the LORD the thanks due to His righteousness, and I will sing praise to the Name of the LORD, the Most High. (ESV)
A fear of failure is no reason to give up.
What did David keep in mind when he faced the accusations of Kush?
What we must remember when we face the modern day Kush:
- Go to the Throne of Grace
David trusted in God’s loving care and knew that nothing was too great for God’s power. Before you are tempted to quit, call on the Name of the Lord.
- Life is Long
David took refuge in the LORD. There is a danger in thinking short time. Evil people will not always be there to persecute the righteous. Our worst days will come to an end.
- Life is Short
You cannot live life if you forget that you are a mortal. Life is a vapor. We are quickly ageing. One consequence of the brevity of life is that we’re not going to get the job (our ministries) done. Christians are the only ones who feel right about this, because Christ will complete the job. Eventually God will also avenge our enemies.
- We shall Live Forever
How far do we as Christians look? Our horizon is Eternity! If you understand that you are created in the image of God, then the present is crucial. David looked to the God of the future, leaving judgment to the Lord (verse 8). You must leave what’s taking place on this earth in God’s hands.
- There are Divine Judgments
God’s judgments are taking place right now. We do not know when or how. That’s why rulers must be careful about digging pits for people over whom they preside, for they will fall into it themselves.
- Fill your mind with God
The Psalm is not about Kush – it’s about God. David had a very effective fire shield – filling his mind with God (verse 10). Christians are the only ones who know that even though they are killed, their lives are hidden in Christ.
We who know God, know that He is in control. We know Him:
a. By the Bible – God’s Word.
b. In His house – the dwelling place of God – His people.