READ Psalm 7:12–17.
12 If he does not relent, he will sharpen his sword; he will bend and string his bow. 13 He has prepared his deadly weapons; he makes ready his flaming arrows.
14 Whoever is pregnant with evil conceives trouble and gives birth to disillusionment.
15 Whoever digs a hole and scoops it out falls into the pit they have made.
16 The trouble they cause recoils on them; their violence comes down on their own heads.
17 I will give thanks to the LORD because of his righteousness; I will sing the praises of the name of the LORD Most High.
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?
🔹I learned that God doesn’t just sit back and see how all life plays out but rather He participates to make all things right. Like the psalmist I thank God for His righteousness.
▪️Admit—What did you learn about yourself for which you could repent?
🔹It’s easy to read passages like this and push off the relentless pursuit of God on someone else, someone who sins more, someone who sins bigger. I repent that that someone is often me, How often do I let my pride get in the way and am quick to point out others shortcomings, when simply bringing the situation to God would have been a much better idea.
▪️Aspire—What did you learn about life that you could aspire to, ask for, and act on?
🔹I aspire to pray more, be anxious less , and to look in the mirror before shooting arrows for God. Yeah I think I’d be better of letting God fight His fights.
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.“
THE SELF-DEFEAT OF EVIL. Because we live in a broken world, much injustice will go unpunished until the final day of judgment. However, most of the time, God’s justice works itself out within the fabric of history. Evil carries within it the seeds of its own destruction. Not only is it a bore—leading to dissatisfaction and emptiness (verse 14)—but it recoils on itself. You fall into the pit you have dug for others. Haters are hated, deceivers are deceived, gossips are gossiped about. Remember this until you are not intimidated, discouraged, or tempted by the wrongdoing you see around you.
Prayer: Lord, I admit that some of my resentment of those who wrong me is tinged with envy. They live as they choose, and they seem happier than I am. But that is an illusion. Evil is like cancer cells—they grow, but only toward collapse and destruction. Help me see that clearly, so I can forgive them and not be tempted by them. Amen… Keep me from pointing fingers that should be pointed back at me. Teach me to trust You to be God and help me get out of your way.