In your anger.
Lift yourself up against the fury of my enemies.
O my God!
You have appointed a judgment.
Let the assembly of the peoples be gathered around you.
Take your seat on high over it!
Yahweh judges the peoples!
Judge me according to my righteousness.
Judge me according to the integrity that is in me.”
David wanted Yahweh, the judge to judge him. Of course, he wanted Yahweh to judge against his enemies. He wanted Yahweh to wake up and take his seat as the judge of all the people. Then everyone could see that David was innocent and righteous, as well as living with integrity if the judgment came from above, from Yahweh. This was David’s cry of self righteousness to be proclaimed by Yahweh.
“When I went out to the gate of the city,
When I took my seat in the square,
The young men saw me and withdrew.
The aged rose up and stood.
The nobles refrained from talking.
They laid their hands on their mouths.
The voices of princes were hushed.
Their tongues stuck to the roof of their mouths.”
Once again, Job remembered the good old days, when he would go out to the city gate and take his seat in the square. He speaks in the first person singular. He might have been on the city judicial council since that is where they would meet. The young men would step back. The old men would stand up for him. The nobles and the princes were hushed in their tones, as they hardly said a word, as if their tongues were stuck in their mouths. They put their hands over their mouths. There was a lot of respect in his community shown to Job in those days.