First Off…read Psalm 7!
HOLY COW THIS IS INTENSE! Someone is needing some deliverance NOW! Being pursued…torn apart like a lion with its prey…and no one to rescue you!? If you’ve ever watched a nature show and seen how lions hunt and then eat said prey…you can see the intensity here! And so even before these first 2 stanzas are penned we get this feeling of chaotic frenziedness that is surrounding the writer.
We’ve all been “wronged” before…but have you ever been accused of something that you didn’t do? Or maybe you had rumors spread that you DID do something when in fact you were innocent? Trying to ruin your reputation or name? For whatever the reason, people seem to feel the need to hurt others and bring them down because THEIR own reputation is being threatened. It’s almost like a power-struggle. From petty squabbles that get out of hand to simple misunderstandings. It’s not only your word against mine – but it’s either you or me and I’m going to do everything in my power to bring YOU down before you get to ME!
David is in a frenzied chaotic run for his life. He is seeking refuge from the lion that hunts him and wants to take him down. Scratch that…he’s on the run from a lion (we assume Saul) who wants to rip him to shreds and utterly destroy all that he has and is. He wants to cease to have him exist. And what’s really interesting is that while David is running for his life he not only asks God to rescue him but he asks God to actually allow this devouring of him to happen SHOULD GOD FIND FAULT OR EVIL within him. Basically – if he has brought this on because of something he has done…then simply allow the lion to catch him and feast on him. David says at the end of verse 5 to, “let him trample my life to the ground and make me sleep in the dust.”
Let’s be honest here…none of us are innocent in life. All of us, David included, have blood on our hands. Maybe David didn’t deserve Saul to come after him, you probably didn’t deserve the rumors spread or the hatred thrown at you, I never deserved some of the things that happened to me…but I deserved others that I was punished for. Not only that but I deserved much more for things that were never caught or seen.
The fact of the matter is that David fully knows that he is not innocent of sin but there is a difference between that and what he is seeing here: INTENTION to sin and hurt. David uses this term of someone being “pregnant with evil” (vs 14). Jesus says in Matthew 26:52 that “those who draw the sword will die by the sword.” Essentially – someone who conceives trouble will simply have that same evil fall back upon them. Evil produces evil.
Paul writes in his letter to the Galatians (Gal 6:7) that you “reap what you sow.” which is pretty much the same thing Jesus says but simply broader in sense and inclusion. See, what I truly find fascinating here is that what if the person who so passionately sought out David actually used that passion and intensity for good? What if those who worked so hard to spread lies about you took that effort to spread LOVE and kindness about you and others? What if we didn’t desire to “conceive” evil but instead desired to conceive and produce love? Would this not have that same and yet opposite affect that Jesus and Paul speak of? Reaping love and sowing love… should produce love in others and myself – right? Yes, it does (read verses 8-9 of Gal 6 for exactly what Paul writes).
So what does this mean for us? I think there are a few takeaways:
- Remember that you are not as innocent as you think. It doesn’t mean you deserve what is happening but it doesn’t mean you are as good as you think you are (hard pill to swallow).
- DO NOT PAYBACK SIN WITH SIN, HATRED WITH HATRED, AND ANGER WITH ANGER.
Reap and sow love. It WILL be difficult and nearly impossible…but it can AND MUST be done.