What Does Psalm 7:9 Mean?

O let the evil of the wicked come to an end, but establish the righteous; For the righteous God tries the hearts and minds.

Psalm 7:9(NASB)

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David was a man who trusted in the Lord, but he was surrounded by wicked enemies and malicious men who sought his life. He was pursued by those who made false accusations against him, but David had faith that God would establish him, vindicate him, and judge ungodly people according to His righteousness. David believed that the Lord his God (Who examines the inner thoughts of the heart and the deep emotions of men), would not forget His people but would lift up His hand against those that do evil.

He likened himself to a helpless little lamb who was attacked by a ferocious lion - an enemy who took pleasure in ripping him to pieces with no one to rescue him. And so David cried out to the Lord his God: "Let the evil of the wicked come to an end, but to establish the righteous."

David wanted the Lord to vindicate him and to rescue him from the assault of his enemies. He knew in his heart that although he was a sinner saved by God's grace, his conscience was clear before the Lord. David knew: "The One Who examines the thoughts of men's mind and the emotions of a man's heart is a good and righteous God," and David called out to the Lord to vindicate him, to judge the people who were his attackers, and to examine the motives of his own heart.

A similar cry to the righteous judge of the whole earth, has been ascending to the throne-room of grace from many who have been oppressed down through centuries of time. The cries and pleadings of the saints continue to rise up to our Father in heaven as God's 'called out' people persevere in prayer and lift up their voices in anguished cries, as they plead for justice in this evil world.

The current world system is being governed, for a time, by a fallen creature who through pride and deceit has attempted to usurp the power and authority of Almighty God, and enslave the children of men. And just as in the time of David, there are many today who continue to cry out to the Lord to be rescued from wicked men and delivered from evildoers.

As waves of godlessness appear to be overwhelming the entire world, we too wait for God to stand up and judge the godless peoples of the earth, according to His own perfect righteousness. And like Job, David, and the prophets of old, we also know that God will one day vindicate all who are walking in the way of righteousness, for His name sake. He has fixed a day when He will judge the world righteously, and that judgment will be carried out by the Man, Christ Jesus, Whom God has destined and appointed for that task.

A day is coming when the prayers of saints down through the centuries will be answered, the evil of the wicked will come to an end, and God will establish the righteous. The One who examines the thoughts and emotions is indeed a righteous God, and He will one day establish the righteous and judge the wicked. Let us give thanks to the Lord our God according to His righteousness, and let us sing praise to the name of the Lord Most High - for He alone is worthy.

My Prayer

Heavenly Father, how I praise and thank You that the evil of wicked men will one day be judged, and those that have been accused unjustly by people who are at enmity with God, will one day be vindicated. Thank You that Christ’s death on the Cross conquered sin and death and that all who trust in Christ as Saviour will one day be exonerated. Help me to patiently endure in these increasingly dark days, and may my life be pleasing to You. In Jesus' name, AMEN.

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