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The unfolding of thy words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple…Make thy face shine upon thy servant, and teach me thy statutes

Father Boylan’s Introduction to Psalm 7

Posted by Dim Bulb on March 14, 2015


THE psalmist is threatened by many enemies, and begs for help against them from the Lord. He claims that he has given no cause for their hostility. Had he given such cause he would, he says, willingly pay for his offence with death. But, since he is innocent, he begs the Lord to declare his innocence in a public trial a trial like the Last Judgment at which the nations will be gathered to hear the sentence.1 In this trial God will, the singer hopes, take His seat once again as world-judge, and by His sentence put an end to evil, and protect the just. The Psalmist sees his enemies preparing a new attack against him, and warns them that they are devising destruction for themselves when they think of destroying him. For the intervention of the Lord to this end, which the singer now confidently expects, he will sing a hymn of praise.

If we could ascertain the real nature of the charge made against the Psalmist which is referred to in verse 4, we should be able, perhaps, to date the poem with some certainty. But we do not know what is really implied in verse 4. The psalmist is obviously a person of great importance, since a great trial, like the Judgment of the nations, is demanded for his sake. The Davidic authorship claimed by the
superscription, is, therefore, quite possible. We cannot identify the
Benjaminite, Chusi.


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