1 O Lord my God, in You I have taken refuge;
Save me from all those who pursue me, and deliver me,
2 Or he will tear my soul like a lion,
Dragging me away, while there is none to deliver.
3 O Lord my God, if I have done this,
If there is injustice in my hands,
4 If I have rewarded evil to my friend,
Or have plundered him who without cause was my adversary,
5 Let the enemy pursue my soul and overtake it;
And let him trample my life down to the ground
And lay my glory in the dust.
6..Arise, O Lord, in Your anger;
Lift Yourself up because of the rage of my enemies;
Rise up for me to the judgment You have commanded! (Psalm 7:1-6)
As we said, the term may also indicate the song’s irregularity in rhythm. Habakkuk uses the same term to describe on of his passages in Hab. 3:1:
This chapter of Habakkuk’s prophesy is often called “The Prophet’s Prayer”.
A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet, on Shigionoth.
It seems that Habakkuk was giving an indication, to some degree, of just the particular part of his revelation was to go. That may be the sense in which David intends it as well.
He sang” also seems to indicate that this was a vocal solo. The occasion, given as “concerning the words of Cush, a Benjamite,” cannot be readily identified from the historical books; however, whoever this was or whatever the name represented, some enemy had obviously been falsely charging David (similar to the actions of Shimei - 2 Sam. 16:5; 19:16).