David’s Prayer/David’s Praise (Psalm 7 – 8)

In chapter 7, David again speaks of his enemies persecuting and pursuing him for harm.  This psalm alludes to the rage of Saul of Cush, who accused David without cause.  David is submitting himself to God’s judgement, saying that if he is guilty of the things of which he is accused, that he will gladly submit to the punishment due him.  However, if he it guiltless, he desires that God would stop his enemies and bring their persecution of him to an end.  David ends the psalm by declaring that the wicked’s actions would come back on his own head, and praises God for His righteousness.

In chapter 8, David extols the glory of God’s creation.

1 O Lord, our Lord,

How excellent is Your name in all the earth,

Who have set Your glory above the heavens!

He then goes on to praise God for His victories over His enemies, the heavens and their glory, and then wonders how God could even be mindful of man?

4 What is man that You are mindful of him,

And the son of man that You visit him?

5 For You have made him a little lower than the angels,

And You have crowned him with glory and honor.

David speaks of how God has given man dominion over the earth and its creatures.  He finishes the psalm with the famous line, “O LORD, our Lord, How excellent (majestic) is Your name in all the earth!”

These two psalms show us a pattern of worship.  Even though David is pursued and persecuted, he trusts in God and petitions Him for salvation and help.  His trust is placed rightly in God.  Then, he leaves his plight in the hands of the Lord and moves his attention to praise.  Too often, we pray and worry, pray and grumble, or pray and keep looking for better options.  David shows us that the best way is pray and praise, and trust God for the rest.  

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