Notes: July 24, 2008 – 1 Samuel 26 & Psalm 7

1 Samuel 26

  • Reminiscent of an earlier encounter (1 Samuel 24), the Ziphites tell Saul how to find David; and David, by not killing Saul, proves to Saul that only David’s fear of God has kept the king alive; and then Saul, as before, apologizes.

Psalm 7

  • Shiggaion-wandering. Does the content wander, or was the psalm composed while the author was wandering?
  • Cush the Benjamite-is this a veiled reference to Saul, son of Kish, the Benjamite?
  • Slander is the theme. People saying things to malign the reputation of others.
  • Saul’s unjust persecution of David; and David’s appeal to God for help may well be the background of this psalm.
  • Bishop Samuel Horsley (1733-1806) suggested that the psalm should be seen on a much higher level:

    Whatever might be the occasion of the Psalm, the real subject seems to be the Messiah’s appeal to God against the false accusations of his enemies; and the predictions which it contains of the final conversion of the whole world, and of the future judgment, are clear and explicit. (cited by Spurgeon in Treasury of David)

  • Outline:
    • Although many people, and one in particular accuse me, I am innocent (Psalm 7:1-7)
    • My God will discover my innocence, and punish my accusers (Psalm 7:8-17)