What to Do When You Are Falsely Accused (Part 1)

How to Handle Persecution, #17

TEXT: Psalm 7:1-6

Psalm 7 is David’s psalm of deliverance from those who falsely accuse him. The superscription of this Psalm tells us that this is a “shiggaion — that is an emotional lament — of David which he sang to the Lord concerning the words of Cush the Benjamite.” From this title, we learn the occasion on which David was prompted to compose this psalm. Charles Haddon Spurgeon tells us in his “Treasury of David” commentary on the Psalms that “It appears probable that Cush the Benjamite had accused David of treasonable conspiracy against Saul’s royal authority. This, the king would be ready enough to lend credit to, both from his jealousy of David, and from the relation which most probably existed between himself, the son of Kish, and this Cush, or Kish, the Benjamite. He who is near the throne can do more injury to a subject than an ordinary slanderer.”

In this psalm, David states that the charges of his accuser are not true and defends his own innocence. Sometimes, in our own lives, we will have to deal with false accusations. People may lie on you to make you look bad in front of the world, in front of an authority figure, or to make themselves look good. People may try to trip you up and cause you to stumble into sin. People may gossip and spread rumors about you. All of this in an attempt to ruin your Christian testimony.

Well, today, I want us to look at this psalm and see how David handles people who falsely accuse him of wrongdoing.


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