Please read Psalm 7.
From the introduction of this Psalm, we can discern that it was written under a specific set of circumstances that aren’t clearly delineated elsewhere in Scripture.
Apparently, during the reign of King Saul, David was serving his king in righteousness and faithfulness. But there were those who didn’t like David, no matter how righteous he may have been. So they spoke evil of David to their king.
One of those men was named ‘Cush’ or ‘Kish,’ from the tribe of Benjamin. You may remember that King Saul was the son of a man named Kish from the tribe of Benjamin (1 Samuel 9:1-2). It is unlikely that the person who is speaking badly about David to King Saul is Saul’s father, but since they share the same name and are from the same tribe, they are probably closely related.
If you put all of this together, you are left with the reality that David has done nothing wrong--he has faithfully served his king with all of his heart, but a close relative of the king, who has the king’s confidence, has been telling him lies and rumors about David.
What is David to do in this circumstance?
The only thing he can do: he turns to God in prayer. Please reread verses 1 and 2.
The words of Cush are tearing David’s soul apart. The image is that of a helpless lamb being torn apart by a ravenous lion. David has done nothing wrong, but just the accusation against him is having tremendous consequences.
Today, we have seen similar results as an unintended consequence of the Me-Too movement. Men who have committed no crime, no assault, no attack against women have been accused of these things, and just the simple accusation is enough to wreck their careers, public standing, and even their relationships.
Let me be clear, there were some men who have done some horrendous things against women, and the public revelation of these crimes was long over-due. But this movement was so prevalent that many innocent men were also dragged through the mud—based on nothing but unfounded, unsubstantiated accusations. Even when the accusations were later proved baseless, many innocent men still find themselves the object of public scorn.
What should we do if we find ourselves in a similar situation? When someone speaks evil about us that is completely untrue?
The first thing we must do is that which David has done: “O Lord my God, in you do I take refuge.”
We must take refuge in God.
God knows the truth. God knows our hearts. God knows what really happened. Even if no one else believes us, we can take refuge in the King of Kings who loves us as our Heavenly Father. He will save us from our pursuers and deliver us. He has delivered us through Jesus Christ. In Him we are clean. Let that be our hope and our shield when others shoot arrows of accusation at our good name.
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