King David wrote Psalm 7 long ago, but men, even the best of our greatest leaders, still need to seek refuge in God. So it is that when we pray for those who lead us we should pray that our leaders will turn to Him
Psalm 7 New King James Version (NKJV)
Prayer and Praise for Deliverance from Enemies
A Meditation[a] of David, which he sang to the Lord concerning the words of Cush, a Benjamite.
7 O Lord my God, in You I put my trust;
Save me from all those who persecute me;
And deliver me,
2 Lest they tear me like a lion,
Rending me in pieces, while there is none to deliver.
3 O Lord my God, if I have done this:
If there is iniquity in my hands,
4 If I have repaid evil to him who was at peace with me,
Or have plundered my enemy without cause,
5 Let the enemy pursue me and overtake me;
Yes, let him trample my life to the earth,
And lay my honor in the dust. Selah
6 Arise, O Lord, in Your anger;
Lift Yourself up because of the rage of my enemies;
Rise up [b]for me to the judgment You have commanded!
7 So the congregation of the peoples shall surround You;
For their sakes, therefore, return on high.
8 The Lord shall judge the peoples;
Judge me, O Lord, according to my righteousness,
And according to my integrity within me.
11 God is a just judge,
And God is angry with the wicked every day.
12 If he does not turn back,
He will sharpen His sword;
He bends His bow and makes it ready.
13 He also prepares for Himself instruments of death;
He makes His arrows into fiery shafts.
14 Behold, the wicked brings forth iniquity;
Yes, he conceives trouble and brings forth falsehood.
15 He made a pit and dug it out,
And has fallen into the ditch which he made.
16 His trouble shall return upon his own head,
And his violent dealing shall come down on [e]his own crown.
17 I will praise the Lord according to His righteousness,
And will sing praise to the name of the Lord Most High.
Who was Cush? We can only guess the identity of that Benjamite who caused King David to write this Shiggaion (another name for a song or psalm). Matthew Henry thinks (here) it may have been King Saul or a relative of his.
What is apparent is that David believes Cush is slandering him. David believes his enemies will kill him if they can. So he asks for God to save him, and he observes what God does to the wicked. He causes the wicked to fall into the traps that they have prepared for others, a delicious bit of irony. David ends by thanking and praising God.
Have men changed much over the last several thousand years? No. Our president, Donald Trump has innumerable enemies who have pursued him with armies of lies. What is perhaps most disgusting, however, is what some people do to judicial nominees. Consider the case of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Here are a couple of articles from The Washington Times.
- Kavanaugh denies assault allegation: ‘I did not do this’
- Getting personal: Democrats’ 1,200 questions focus on what they know Brett Kavanaugh cannot answer
Kavanaugh’s enemies (What else should we call people who are determined to destroy a man’s reputation?) will obviously do anything they think they can get away with to stop Kavanaugh from getting on the court. Yet what threat does Kavanaugh pose? His enemies believe he will interpret the Constitution as it was ratified. In some minds apparently that is enough to make anyone a bad person. These people seem to believe that only the worst scoundrel would interpret the Constitution as it was ratified. So they will spare no evil to stop Kavanaugh, completely ignoring the fact they are committing a greater evil than anything Kavanaugh is likely to do. Fortunately, several judges already on the court have denounced the partisan treatment of Kavanaugh. See Supreme Court justices condemn partisan treatment of nominee Brett Kavanaugh by senators (usatoday.com). Perhaps some of the less venomous senators will listen.