Psalm 7:12-16

Psalm 7:12-16

Psalm 7:12 ‘If he does not relent,” [and you, Lord, are a faithful God, who follows through. You will not hold back, but make all preparations and at the right time bring judgment on all evil and those who persist in it.]

“he will sharpen his sword; he will bend and string his bow.
Psalm 7:13 He has prepared his deadly weapons; he makes ready his flaming arrows.”

[You have readied all for the final judgment of the world, of sin, of the devil and his forces—a certainty that You will bring the transformation of all that has been warped by sin, bringing back the pristine conditions of the original creation. In the meantime, judgment comes every day on those who persist in evil:]

Psalm 7:14 “He who is pregnant with evil and conceives trouble gives birth to disillusionment.” [being evil brings emptiness, not fulfillment.]

Psalm 7:15 “He who digs a hole and scoops it out falls into the pit he has made.”

[doing evil brings evil. This is the unchanging law of your justice, Lord.]

Psalm 7:16 “The trouble he causes recoils on himself; his violence comes down on his own head.”

[In the end this always happens: think of Hitler, Stalin and Mao; think of Idi Amin of Uganda, of Saddam Huseyin of Iraq, of Mubarek of Egypt; think of me when I make selfish and unkind decisions.

I praise you, Lord, that you do not tolerate evil, that you have prepared the answer to evil and will eliminate it from the new heaven and earth, while all who accept your answer to evil (the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ) will live in sinless and joyful relationship with you forever. In the midst of evil of men and devils today, you are at work and we can rest in that, joining you in returning good for evil, blessing for cursing. Guide us in doing that today.]