(Grace for a Mom’s Heart are short devotionals created for moms who want to grow in their knowledge of God’s Word and its application toward motherhood! You can read the entire devotion here OR listen by clicking the link at the bottom of this post)
Today we are spending time in Psalm 7. Now that we have made it this far into the Psalms, are you recognizing some consistent themes? Lamenting, asking for protection, affirming God’s kingship, and praise. Are you seeing how real the psalmists are as they cry out to God? This is such an encouragement to me that I can tell God anything. I don’t have to wait until I’ve got it together and I don’t have to word it perfectly.
Last week, I was feeling a lot of pressure and somewhat overwhelmed as we prepared for our son’s wedding that was happening in our backyard. I woke up during the night and realized I was just plain ANGRY. I wasn’t mad at anyone in particular, but as I verbalized my anger to God, I realized I was actually mad at Him.
My good girl side would say that I should never be mad at God for lots of good, true reasons: He is good, perfect, sovereign, always has my best interest in mind, etc. But I was beyond being reasoned with. I was just done. I’d come to the end of myself and in that moment, I was reminded that I could literally tell God everything I was feeling and He would not hold it against me. He most certainly had broad enough shoulders to handle it. So I had my little hissy fit while He quietly listened. I eventually fell back asleep and as I opened my eyes the next morning, there was a sense of relief.
I felt like a toddler who just needed to blow off my frustration and take a good nap. It seems as though there will always be a little girl inside of me who needs her Daddy. He really is the perfect Daddy and we really need to let Him be that to us.
Psalm 7 was written by David and as I read through it, I was reminded of some basic truths that we can take with us to anchor us today.
Let’s read through the Psalm first:
I come to you for protection, O Lord my God.
Save me from my persecutors—rescue me!
If you don’t, they will maul me like a lion,
tearing me to pieces with no one to rescue me.
O Lord my God, if I have done wrong
or am guilty of injustice,
if I have betrayed a friend
or plundered my enemy without cause,
then let my enemies capture me.
Let them trample me into the ground
and drag my honor in the dust.
Arise, O Lord, in anger!
Stand up against the fury of my enemies!
Wake up, my God, and bring justice!
Gather the nations before you.
Rule over them from on high.
The Lord judges the nations.
Declare me righteous, O Lord,
for I am innocent, O Most High!
End the evil of those who are wicked,
and defend the righteous.
For you look deep within the mind and heart,
O righteous God.
God is my shield,
saving those whose hearts are true and right.
God is an honest judge.
He is angry with the wicked every day.
If a person does not repent,
God will sharpen his sword;
he will bend and string his bow.
He will prepare his deadly weapons
and shoot his flaming arrows.
The wicked conceive evil;
they are pregnant with trouble
and give birth to lies.
They dig a deep pit to trap others,
then fall into it themselves.
The trouble they make for others backfires on them.
The violence they plan falls on their own heads.
I will thank the Lord because he is just;
I will sing praise to the name of the Lord Most High
Let’s read the first two verses again, David is acknowledging his need for God’s protection followed by asking God to examine his heart. Humility is such an important part of growing in our walk with God. The world sees humility as weakness, but God tells us instead to “humble ourselves under the mighty power of God and at the right time, He will lift you up in honor.”(1 Peter 5:6 NLT)
And in Proverbs 18:12
“Haughtiness (pride) goes before destruction; humility precedes honor.”
David is confident that he will be found innocent before the Lord. He is not claiming to be without sin, but he knows that he doesn’t deserve the brutal attacks of his enemies.
I feel this way when it comes to some of the accusations we are facing as Christians in this culture. Those who oppose God and oppose Christianity are boldly charging us with false allegations about our beliefs and labeling us as “haters, bigots”, etc. We can also feel this accusatory spirit in many different ways as moms and/or homeschool moms. But our innocence is clear before God. That is what matters and we see that as we read the next few verses (read vs 6-10 again).
Notice verses 8-10 specifically? It is God who rules on high and it is He who judges the nations and who declares us righteous because He is the one who looks deep within the mind and heart. He is our shield, saving those whose hearts are true and right (not perfect, but right with Him). He is an honest judge. He is the ultimate judge and jury (not man).
I don’t know about you, but as I read these truths, I feel confidence rising in me to do what God is calling me to do, no matter what anyone else thinks! This is our right, privilege and calling as Christian wives, mothers, and women of God. These truths remind us of that and show us why we can and should: because when it’s all said and done, we aren’t going to stand before anyone else to give an account for our lives. We will stand only before Him.
We see this even more as we finish up the last several verses of this Psalm (read verses 11-17). God is a just God and He requires repentance. There are severe consequences for those who do not and great blessings for those who do.
As Christians He calls us to humility, but promises to bless those who humble themselves. This can sometimes feel like gears grinding, but God richly blesses obedience.
As we prepared for our son’s wedding in our backyard, I asked God to help me walk through it with grace, peace and wisdom. As wonderful as weddings are, the unique stresses they involve tend to sometimes bring out the worst in us. I know where I tend to get tripped up and I prayed specifically over those areas. I believe that the struggles I had before the wedding (including my little hissy fit) were God’s way of doing a work in my heart so that I could walk through that weekend with the grace, peace and wisdom I had been praying for.
God is always faithful to His promises.
Dig deeper: Are there areas you are feeling challenged to humble yourself before God? Why (according to this Psalm) can you confidently walk out what God is calling you to versus what others might be pressuring you to do? What is He specifically laying on your heart that you now know you need to do no matter what anyone else is saying?
Do a study looking at all the verses that talk about humility.