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Connection

Psalm 7:6 Arise, Lord, in your anger; rise up against the rage of my enemies.  Awake, my God; decree justice. 7 Let the assembled peoples gather around you, while you sit enthroned over them on high.  8  Let the Lord judge the peoples.  Vindicate me, Lord, according to my righteousness, according to my integrity, O Most High. 9 Bring to an end the violence of the wicked and make the righteous secure—you, the righteous God who probes minds and hearts.  10 My shield is God Most High, who saves the upright in heart.

The NIV describes this Psalm as a “Shiggaion of David.”  The specific character of such a Psalm is no longer really known but perhaps it means a “wild, mournful ode.”  It certainly is a picture of a man who is so confident in his relationship with God he’s free to advise God and demand action.  It sort of feels like David is bossing God around doesn’t it?  David trusted so completely in God’s Sovereign reliability there was nothing he ever felt he had to hold back. He had an aggressive faith and a uniquely personal relationship to God.  That’s the connection between this Psalm and our story.

God ultimately chose to intervene in his global creation through the life of Jesus and with the Holy Spirit for one specific reason: to make that same kind of freedom, personal relationship and aggressive faith with the all powerful, all knowing, ever present God available to each of us.