David Unjustly Accused.

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Slander

David wrote this psalm in response to the slanderous accusations of those who claimed he was trying to kill Saul and seize the throne (I Samuel 24:9-11). Instead of taking matters into his own hands and striking back, David cried out to God for justice. Much of David’s prayer in this Psalm is concerned with the mistreatment of a man referred to as Cush. We do not know for sure who Cush was. Some think he was a member of Saul’s Court and that he had been slandering David to the king. Cush had accused David of “iniquity” (v.3) or that he was unfair, deceitful and dishonest in his dealings with other people. He also accused David of rendering evil to a man who was at peace with him (v.4). David denies this charge brought against him and says to God, “I am innocent of these charges, Lord. You know it. If I have ever done these things - then hand me over to my enemies. I rest my case (v. 5).”

David did not say that the enemy was telling the truth, but he was willing for God to examine him and punish him (vv. 1-5). He had nothing to hide. He simply cried out for justice. The proper response to slander is prayer, not revenge. Slander is one of the most difficult things to deal with. A man’s good name and reputation can be destroyed by a lying, jealous tongue and his whole life laid in ruins.  Instead of striking back, we need to ask God to take our case, bring justice and restore our reputation. The injuries men do us should drive us to God, for to Him we may commit our cause.  

Application

How should I respond to those who slander me and cause me to suffer for doing good? “Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you” Matt. 5:10-12.

Psalms 7:1-5 (English Standard Version)

O LORD my God, in you do I take refuge; save me from all my pursuers and deliver me, lest like a lion they tear my soul apart, rending it in pieces, with none to deliver. O LORD my God, if I have done this, if there is wrong in my hands, if I have repaid my friend with evil or plundered my enemy without cause, let the enemy pursue my soul and overtake it, and let him trample my life to the ground and lay my glory in the dust.

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