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Sermon on Psalm Seven

Sermon on Psalm Seven

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"For the righteous God trieth the very hearts and reins. "

Psalm vii. 9.


"For the righteous God trieth the very hearts and reins. "

Psalm vii. 9.

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Published by: glennpease on Aug 30, 2013
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SERMO O PSALM SEVEBY W. J. STRACEY"For the righteous God trieth the very hearts and reins. "^^Psalm vii. 9.n^HIS psalm might almost be called an Advent Psalmfrom the continual reference in it to God's judg-ments — His trial of men's hearts and ways, so as toaccept and clear the righteous, but punish and bringto nought the wicked. This one thought of God's judgment of men seems to run through the wholepsalm. Thus in verse 6 it says : " Arise up for me inthe judgment that thou hast commanded;" in verse 8 :" The Lord shall judge His people : give sentence withme, Lord (that is, pronounce me to be innocent) ; inverse 10 : " For the righteous God trieth the very heartsand reins;" in verse 12 : " God is a righteous judge, strongand patient." This will, I think, show you that thethought of God's judgment of men's hearts and waysis the one principal subject which runs through thewhole of this psalm. It would appear to have beencomposed by David under some trouble or persecution,of which he felt deeply the injustice ; probably it wasGOD WILL JUSTIFY THE RIGHTEOUS, S3Saul's repeated efiforts to destroy him. We know how jealous that wicked man became of David in his old age,because after the slaughter of the Philistines they sangthis song : " Saul hath slain his thousands, and Davidhis ten thousands ;" and the more the hearts of Israelwere drawn towards David, the more did Saul desireto destroy his future successor. On the other hand,David twice spared Saul the king's life when he wasaltogether in David's power; and so he could justly
plead thus with God : " Give sentence with me, Lord,according to my righteousness, and according to theinnocency that is in me."And I think, to understand this psalm aright, wemust refer it altogether to the assurance that God willultimately clear those who are falsely accused of any-thing in this world, and not apply it to the matter of our transgressions against God. It evidenfly appUest^ one who is falsely accused, and unjustly persecutedfor faults against another in this world, which he feelsand knows he has never committed. Thus, like almostevery other psalm, it takes us on from David and hispersecution by Saul to the persecution endured by ourLord Jesus Christ at the hands of sinful men. We.know well how His enemies stood and vehementlyaccused Him; we know how the chief priests had tohire false witnesses in order to procure the Lord JesusChrist's condemnation; and we know how Pilate per-verted judgment by pronouncing His innocence in the54 PSALM VILsame breath with His condemnation to death, even thedeath of the cross. ''He took water, and washed hishands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this jiws^ person;** and then delivered Himover to the Jews to crucify Him. " Take ye Him,"he said, " and crucify Him : for I find no fault in Him.o, nor yet Herod: for I sent you to him; and, lo,nothing worthy of death is done unto him."And often since that time evil has seemed to prevailover good. The righteous are often despised in theearth, and have frequently been accused of many crimesof which they were whoUy innocent. Beginning withthe first martyr, S. Stephen, down to the present hour,how many have had to learn the bitter lesson that
"we must through much tribulation enter into thekingdom of Gk)d!** ow to aU such, should suchtimes ever return again, as they may in any land, the.sustaining confidence of tha saints is in the knowledgethat all will be righted in the end ; aU the evils doneunder the sun will have their end. In the end Godwill justify the righteous, and condemn the wicked.This may uphold faithful men in all times of difl&culiy,trial, and persecution. The Lord Himself, for the joythat was set before Him, endured the cross, despisingthe shame ; and all His saints, from the earliest to thelatest times, have been upheld by the knowledge thatGod will judge the people, will bring to an end thewickedness and power of the ungodly, and will everTHE SI BECOMES ITS OW PUISHMET S 5preserve them that axe true of heart. And oftentimesGrod brings it to pass upon wicked men that theyperish by the veiy way and means they designed forthe destruction of the righteous. Thus Saul sought todestroy David by means of the Philistines; but hewas himself slain by those very Philistines who hehad hoped would slay David. You have often readhow Daniel was preserved in the lions' den, so thatthe wild beasts touched him not; but the men whocast him in were thrown to those lions, and perishedimmediately. In the book of Esther we read howHaman was hanged on the very gallows he had pre-pared for MordecaL And we all know how the Jewsprocured from Pontius Pilate the Boman governor theorder for our Lord's crucifixion, but in a few years*time were utterly and miserably destroyed themselvesby the Boman army. Thus it is proved, what God'sword says, " Be sure your sin will find you out.*' Evenin this world men thus often and often suffer in thevery way and by the very means they have used intheir transgressions. God makes "the wickedness of 

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