PSALM 35

Of David
1 Plead my cause, O Lord, with those who strive with me; fight against those who fight against me. 2 Take hold of shield and buckler, and stand up for my help. 3 Also draw out the spear, and stop those who pursue me. Say to my soul, “I am your salvation.” 4 Let those be put to shame and brought to dishonor who seek after my life; let those be turned back and brought to confusion who plot my hurt. 5 Let them be like chaff before the wind, and let the angel of the Lord chase them. 6 Let their way be dark and slippery, and let the angel of the Lord pursue them. 7 For without cause they have hidden their net for me in a pit, which they have dug without cause for my life. 8 Let destruction come upon him unexpectedly, and let his net that he has hidden catch himself; into that very destruction let him fall.

9 And my soul shall be joyful in the Lord; it shall rejoice in His salvation. 10 All my bones shall say, “Lord, who is like You, delivering the poor from him who is too strong for him, yes, the poor and the needy from him who plunders him?” 11 Fierce witnesses rise up; they ask me things that I do not know. 12 They reward me evil for good, to the sorrow of my soul. 13 But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth; I humbled myself with fasting; and my prayer would return to my own heart. 14 I paced about as though he were my friend or brother; I bowed down heavily, as one who mourns for his mother. 15 But in my adversity they rejoiced and gathered together; attackers gathered against me, and I did not know it; they tore at me and did not cease; 16 With ungodly mockers at feasts they gnashed at me with their teeth.

17 Lord, how long will You look on? Rescue me from their destructions, my precious life from the lions. 18 I will give You thanks in the great assembly; I will praise You among many people. 19 Let them not rejoice over me who are wrongfully my enemies; nor let them wink with the eye who hate me without a cause. 20 For they do not speak peace, but they devise deceitful matters Against the quiet ones in the land. 21 They also opened their mouth wide against me, and said, “Aha, aha! Our eyes have seen it.” 22 This You have seen, O Lord; do not keep silence. O Lord, do not be far from me.

23 Stir up Yourself, and awake to my vindication, to my cause, my God and my Lord. 24 Vindicate me, O Lord my God, according to Your righteousness; and let them not rejoice over me. 25 Let them not say in their hearts, “Ah, so we would have it!” Let them not say, “We have swallowed him up.” 26 Let them be ashamed and brought to mutual confusion who rejoice at my hurt; let them be clothed with shame and dishonor who exalt themselves against me. 27 Let them shout for joy and be glad, who favor my righteous cause; and let them say continually, “Let the Lord be magnified, who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.” 28 And my tongue shall speak of Your righteousness and of Your praise all the day long.

I selected this Psalm for today because it was one that Suffer said he had opened his bible to one day during a trying time and read v. 1.   No matter what challenges we have, no matter how large an opposition we face, God will be right there with us to see us through it. Praise him always and let your requests be known to Him through prayer. The following commentary is from Warren W. Wiersbe’s book, ‘Be Worshipful’.

Once again David was being hounded by Saul and slandered by Saul’s men, many of whom had been David’s friends……Saul was driven by his paranoia to pursue David and seek to kill him, and his zeal was fueled by the lies of his officers…..David made three requests of God, and eventually He granted all of them.

1. Protect Me (vv. 1-10). David merged two images in verse 1–the law court (“plead my cause”) and the battlefield.  Saul chose the battlefield, but David turned to the Lord and asked Him to be Advocate and Judge in the dispute. The LORD is a man of war, so if Saul wanted a fight, God would accept the challenge…..The enemy hated David (v.19), lied about him (v. 11), persecuted him (v.2), and wanted to hurt him and kill him (vv. 4, 26), so the conflict was a matter of life and death; but there was no just cause for this opposition……In this psalm, David followed each of his three requests with a song of praise to the Lord (vv. 9-10, 17-18, 27-28) showing that his great desire was to magnify Him…..David knew that God had chosen him to be king of Israel and that his greatest task would be to unite and strengthen the kingdom and lead the people back to God.

2. Reward Me (vv. 11-18). David stated the evidence that proved he was innocent. The enemy depended on lies, false (“malicious”) witnesses who accused him of being a traitor……It was Saul and his officers who were the traitors, for they returned evil for the good David did to them. On two occasions, David could have killed Saul, but instead, David returned good for evil…….David knew that God would eventually reward him for his faithfulness, but he didn’t know when. His first praise to God (vv.9-10) was personal, but second expression of praise ( v. 18) is in the congregation with the saints.

3. Vindicate Me (vv. 19-28)……After Saul’s death, David had seven years of trouble with Saul’s son (2 Sam. 1-4), but the Lord eventually solved that problem. David prayed that God would vindicate him, because David’s cause was God’s cause and the Lord’s reputation was at stake (v. 24).  In verse 26, he repeated his request from verse 4 and asked that the enemy be shamefully defeated. David’s desire was that the Lord be magnified in His own way and His own time……In contrast to the shame of the enemy in their defeat are the joyful shouts of the righteous in David’s victory……The word translated “prosperity” (v. 27) is the familiar Hebrew word shalom (“peace”), which means much more than a mere cessation of hostilities. It carries the idea of well-being in every aspect of life, including peace with God, with others, with yourself, and with the circumstances of your life.

I wish all of you a very blessed day.

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