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Summary: A Song of Protested Innocence - Psalm 7 - sermon by Gordon Curley. (PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request – email:

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(1). A prayer for deliverance (vs 1-2)

(2). A protest of innocence (vs 3-5)

(3). A plea for vindication (vs 6-10)

(4). A proclamation of judgment (vs 11-16)

(5). A praise for righteousness (vs 17)


• Quote: ‘Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me.’

• Most of us grew up reciting a version of this nursery rhyme.

• I can’t recall when I learned it,

• It was probably some-time when I was at junior school.

• But over the years I have quoted it many, many times.

• And even now as a parent;

• I still find myself saying it to my children when they have been teased or provoked.

• We say it of course;

• In the hope that this little adage is a means of building their resiliency,

• Thickening their skin,

• So that they can handle any teasing and name calling;

• That they are likely encounter in school.

• Quote: ‘Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me.’

• Of course, in reality we all know that those words are complete twaddle!

• We recognise only too well that names do hurt!

Quote: Proverbs chapter 18 verse 21:

"Life and death are in the power of the tongue, and these words spoken are either poison or fruit - you choose”.

• Words are incredibly powerful.

• They can build up, encourage, and motivate.

• But words can also tear down, hurt, and cause horrible scars

• What other people say about us matters,

• Particularly when what is said is completely wrong.


• The Sunday tabloids today will contain a number of false stories:

• Some people’s lives may well be destroyed by these false accusations.

• Maybe it is only just a whiff of sexual or financial scandal,

• But once the story is out there - a person’s life can be ruined,

• Because even those of us who hope for the best in people end up thinking that

• ‘There’s no smoke without fire’.

• And although months or years later an apology may be printed;

• Compensation may be paid out in damages by the newspaper involved;

• Really it is all too little too late – that damage has been done!

Now you may not have been in the newspapers:

• But maybe you’ve been on the receiving end of false accusations;

• Maybe you’ve been falsely incriminated;

• Things have been reported about you which are completely wrong,

• Or you’ve been on the end of what feels like a smear campaign;

• Designed to ruin your reputation and position.

• It might be colleagues at work or neighbours in the street;

• Or even something that went through the courts.

• Then you know first-hand;

• What it feels like to be on the receiving end of someone else’s bitterness,

• Or to be excluded from a social group,

• Or to have your character, your reputation shattered into a thousand pieces.

• And everything in you cries, ‘But that’s not fair! That’s not how it was!’

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