2005-07-03 - Song of the Slandered Saint
Psalm 7, Part 2
Once again we are going to enter the world of the poet, the psalmist. Our approach, as in previous messages, will be to look at the background of the specific psalm, its text, and finally, how we can apply it to our own walk. We will see where David called for the judgment of God, and we are called to warn others of that coming judgment. But where David railed against the abuse of His enemies, we are called to rejoice.
The context of the psalm is suggested by the title. Spurgeon thinks it is "probable that Cush the Benjamite had accused David, to Saul, of treasonable conspiracy against his royal authority." 2
For this reason, Spurgeon names the psalm the Song of the Slandered Saint. It is the fate of the child of God to be slandered, to be vilified by His enemies, because we are His children.
"Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me" ( Matthew 4:11).
2 Spurgeon, C. H., The Treasury of David, MacDonald Publishing Co., Vol. 1., pg. 67.
We cannot identify this psalm with a specific incident recorded in the history of David. So we may accept Spurgeon's view or different views. But certainly Spurgeon is correct in his conclusion regarding the trust of the psalm, when he sees it as a response of an Old Testament saint to slander of enemies. 3
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