TLIC Psalms. January 11. His Own Head.

Read Psalm 7:12-17. 12If a man does not repent, God will whet his sword; he has bent and readied his bow; 13he has prepared for him his deadly weapons, making his arrows fiery shafts. 14Behold, the wicked man conceives evil and is pregnant with mischief and gives birth to lies. 15He makes a pit, digging it out, and falls into the hole that he has made. 16His mischief returns upon his own head, and on his own skull his violence descends. 17I will give to the Lord the thanks due to his righteousness, and I will sing praise to the name of the Lord, the Most High.

The book of James reminds us that desire gives birth to sin, and sin brings forth death. David is not only teaching this truth here in Psalm 7, he is counting on it. God will fight for him but how? By giving his enemies over to the self-defeating nature of sin. We dig a pit and fall into it ourselves. Mischief returns on our own heads. Violence descends on our own skulls. This too is God’s justice.

Jesus is the only person in history that fell into a pit that he didn’t dig. Mischief and violence that were not his own tore apart his head. The sword and arrows of God’s wrath pierced his innocent body and soul. Jesus is the only person to never have a sinful desire, and yet he died. Sin brought forth death on the cross because he became our sin for us.

The cross of Christ shows us that we can always trust God’s justice to have the final word in the end. No evil deed will go unpunished by God. But Jesus took that punishment for us. The punishment David is exalting God for in this psalm was meted out on the cross. Praise to the name of the Lord the Most High!

To live is Christ is to always trust God’s final justice, but to do so with great humility, knowing that we too deserved the punishment of the cross.

Prayer. Father, based on your justice help me to forgive those who desire to do me wrong, for I know that you have forgiven me by the blood of the cross of Christ.

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