Save me from all my pursuers and deliver me, lest like a lion they tear my soul apart, rending it in pieces, with none to deliver. O LORD my God, if I have done this, if there is wrong in my hands, if I have repaid my friend with evil or plundered my enemy without cause, 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. from Psalm 7
In the first post on this topic, I stated that David makes several points in his prayer (Psalm 7): We introduced the Psalm and spoke of the first point, that David declares that he takes refuge in G-d—he flees to G-d. Now lets take a look at the next three points in which David implores G-d to save him and points out from whom he should be saved. Then David declares his innocence from wrong doing. Without a breath, he continues with “Okay, IF I did something wrong, then let the enemy take my soul and my life.”
David states that he needs saving from all his pursuers, that he’ll be torn apart by them, and there is none to deliver. No one is available, so G-d must do it? Is that what he means? I think many are available, but David knows that only G-d CAN save, can deliver. In Psalm 7, David cried out to the LORD after someone spoke lies to the king, to destroy David’s relationship with the king. It was false witness, and now king Saul was after David. But David doesn’t specify a particular enemy, only saying “save me from all my pursuers.” His pursuers are defaming him, destroying his reputation. Others may be physically pursuing David to actually destroy his physical life. There is mention by David of the need to be saved, least his soul be torn apart. Spiritual warfare against David by evil in the spiritual realms? It sounds like it to me.
The title to these pages states that Psalm 7 is a model prayer for us while in distress. Many other psalms provide models for us, too. Many of the Psalms are songs of David. They are also our songs. We make them ours. They are the words for our mouthes that fit what we feel in our hearts, but can’t bring to our tongue. We don’t have to be hiding in a cave, along the Salt Sea (also know as the Dead Sea). We don’t have to be pursued by people with clubs and swords or perhaps rifles, either. We can be under a dark blanket of emotional torment that clouds our vision and tears at our inner person, our soul. We must allow ourselves to be like David, fleeing to Y’shuaJesus, taking refuge in Him. We must understand that He, and He alone, is able to save, to deliver. He has delivered us from the greatest evil of all—our spiritual death—we need faith to walk in that revelation.
David points out that he is guiltless of fault against those who pursue him. Y’shua pointed out that before we go into the House of the Lord to make sacrifice, if we find we have wronged someone, we need to leave and make amends. The Apostle Paul tells us we must “examine ourselves” so that we are pure before communion. When the Lord Y’shuaJesus died, and rose, our sin was forgiven. I think of Y’shuaJesus telling His followers who would be the chosen Apostles, to wash each other’s feet. Y’shuaJesus died to wash us clean, but occasionally we must examine ourselves and make amends with our brothers and sisters—washing our feet. We help ourselves, and we help each other in this washing.
In times of calamity, distress, we flee to Y’shuaJesus for refuge, because only He can save us. And we can ask if there is any thing we’ve done to bring this all on us. I think it takes courage and great strength, too, to come to the Lord in prayer saying, like David, if I have repaid my friend with evil or plundered my enemy without cause, 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. We take a breath to consider these things.
Lord Bless, Keep, Shine. . .