READ Psalm 7:6–11.
6 Arise, LORD, in your anger; rise up against the rage of my enemies. Awake, my God; decree justice.
7 Let the assembled peoples gather around you, while you sit enthroned over them on high.
8 Let the LORD judge the peoples. Vindicate me, LORD, according to my righteousness, according to my integrity, O Most High.
9 Bring to an end the violence of the wicked and make the righteous secure—you, the righteous God who probes minds and hearts.
10 My shield is God Most High, who saves the upright in heart.
11 God is a righteous judge, a God who displays his wrath every day.
Read the psalm portion twice slowly. Then ask three questions and write out your answers:
▪️Adore—What did you learn about God for which you could praise or thank him?
🔹The psalmist asks God to wake up, God doesn’t sleep but his long-suffering makes Him seem distance, I praise God for His patience especially His patience with me. The psalmist was being falsely accused and instead of fighting back himself, he took is troubles to a just God, to a righteous God and I praise God for being such a God, a God of love, grace and mercies.
▪️Admit—What did you learn about yourself for which you could repent?
🔹I learned that like the psalmist I need to take my conflicts, confusion, contempt to the Lord rather than wrestling with it myself
▪️Aspire—What did you learn about life that you could aspire to, ask for, and act on?
🔹With the help of the Holy Spirit I hope to turn to Jesus, before I turn to my troubles. Instead of worrying what would it look like if I let God war on my behave.
Once you have answered these three questions, you have your own meditation on the psalm. Now read the meditation in the book and incorporate its insights into your journal notes. Finally, turn your meditation—already categorized as adoration, confession, and aspiration—into personal prayer, using the provided “on-ramp” prayer as well. This will take you into the deep level of wisdom and insight the psalms can provide. – Excerpt From: Timothy Keller & Kathy Keller. “The Songs of Jesus.“
GOD ON HIGH. David has not done the things of which he is accused (verse 8). He wants God to take his throne on high (verse 7) and right all wrongs. He rightly leaves retribution to God, who alone has the wisdom to know what people deserve as well as the power and right to give it to them. So should we. But how can we be sure that we will survive Judgment Day? Christians know that before the Lord is lifted up on a throne to judge, first he will be lifted up on a cross to atone for sin (John 12:32). So on the final day a joy-filled, redeemed people will assemble at his feet (verse 7).
Prayer: Righteous Lord, I have many who falsely accuse me. Defend me from them! But I also know my sin, and my heart rightly accuses me. I rest in Jesus’s atoning death for me. “Be Thou my Shield and hiding Place, that, sheltered by Thy side, I may my fierce accuser face, and tell him Thou hast died!” Amen… Father keep me from letting my pride shade the wonder of your bride. Take away my righteous indignation and teach me to share in your love, your grace, your mercies.