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Psalm 7:8 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
8 Jehovah judges the peoples;
judge me, O Jehovah, according to my righteousness
and my integrity that is in me.
This verse is a prayer from the psalmist, who is asking God to judge him based on his righteousness and his integrity, or moral uprightness. The psalmist is confident in his own righteousness and integrity and is asking God to confirm and uphold this.
The overall message of this verse is that the psalmist is seeking God’s justice and is trusting in God’s ability to judge and evaluate people accurately. The psalmist is also expressing a desire to live a life that is characterized by righteousness and integrity and is asking God to help him do so.
Jehovah judges the peoples. Expressing his confident belief that God would interpose and that his judgment would not much longer be delayed. The proposition is a general one—that God would see that justice would be done to all people; and on this ground the psalmist pleads that He would now interpose and defend him from his enemies.
Judge me, O Jehovah. That is, in my present circumstances. Interpose to do justice to my cause, and to vindicate me from these false accusations.
According to my righteousness. In this particular case, that the proper laws of interpretation require us to confine this. He does not say that he wished his own righteousness to be made the basis of judgment in determining his eternal welfare or that he depended on his own righteousness for salvation—for that is not the point in question; but he felt that his was, in this case, a righteous cause; that he was not guilty of the charge alleged against him; that he was an injured, wronged, and calumniated man; and he prayed that God would vindicate him from these charges, and defend him from those who were unjustly persecuting him. With all our sense of personal unworthiness in the matter of salvation, it is not improper, when we are wronged, to pray that God would interpose and vindicate us in that particular case, according to our innocence of the charges alleged against us.
And according to mine integrity that is in me. Heb., my perfection. That is his perfection in this case, his entire freedom from the charges brought against him, his absolute innocence with respect to the points under consideration. A man may be conscious of perfect innocence in respect to a particular matter and yet have a deep sense of his general unworthiness and of the fact that he is a sinner against God. That I am innocent of a particular act charged on me does not prove that I am guiltless altogether; that I should allege that, and insist on that, and pray to God to vindicate me in that, does not prove that I depend on that for the salvation of my soul, or that I claim absolute perfection before him.
By Albert Barnes and Edward D. Andrews