“A Cush On You” – One Year Bible Reading (Psalms/Proverbs) – January 7

Psalm 7:1-17  A Cush Job   A Lament Of David

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Psalm 7:12-17  A Cush On You

What’s bugging you today?  Do you have a roof over your head?  Do you have food to eat?  Do you have money to pay all your bills?  Does your car start?   If you answered yes to most of those, you’re doing OK.

I had a dream last night that a couple thugs were following me.  For David, it wasn’t a dream.  It was a reality.

It wasn’t just a couple thugs that were following him but in particular was bugging him.  According to the superscription to this psalm, David was being chased by a guy named Cush.  He is only mentioned here in Scripture.  He wants to drag David away (v. 2).  David asks the Lord to deliver him (v. 1).  Is there something dragging you away today?  Maybe it’s a persistent sin that it keeping you from being close to the Lord (cf. Heb. 12:2; Isa. 59:1; Ps. 66:18)?  Maybe it’s some sort of lust (cf. Rom. 7:7; 1 John 2:14-15).

David hopes he never acts like Cush is acting (vv. 3-7).  It’s always good to ask yourself the same question when you think people are wronging you.  “Am I ever acting like them?”  You should be careful not to “project” your actions onto others and then dismiss them in yourself.  We are psychologically mis-wired to do that (cf. Jer. 17:9).  So be careful not to do it!

David asks the Lord to vindicate him (cf. 8, Prov. 4:18).  David confessed that he wanted to follow the Lord but he was trusting vengeance against his enemies with the Lord (vv. 8-14, cf. Rom. 12:19).  He prays talionic justice on his enemies (vv. 15-16).  He prays that his enemy would fall into the same pit he had dug for David.  You might remember Haman was hung on the same gallows he had prepared for the righteous Mordecai (see Hanging Together Or Hanging Separately?).  Pharaoh tried to off all of the Israelites’ children yet all of the Egyptians’ children died including the Pharoah’s own son (cf. Exod. 1:22; 11:5).  Joseph’s brothers tried to subdue him by throwing him in a pit but they ended up being subdued under him (cf. Gen. 37-50).  Talionic justice.  It’s like a boomerang.  You reap what you sow (Gal. 6:7).

Notice David starts out all whiney but ends up trusting the Lord at the end of the Psalm again (v. 17)

How are you ending up?


Proverbs 2: 1-5   A Silver Line

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If you really want wisdom, you can find it (vv. 1-5).  You’ll end up fearing the Lord which is the beginning of wisdom (cf. Prov. 1:7).  So if you want to find wisdom, you’ll fear the Lord.  And if you fear the Lord, you’ll find wisdom.  It’s a vicious circle of being smart.  And it’s better than a bunch of dimes (v. 4).  Are dimes still made of silver?

Be smart.  Fear God, that is.  Revere Him and respect Him.  You’ll find wisdom.  Then you’ll fear Him even more.  And have even more wisdom.


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