Psalm 35 David's plea...our plea
by Patricia Ann 10/8/22
Our Father in Heaven has always been and will always be there for us in times of our distress. When we have been mocked, scoffed at, lied about, ridiculed, and pursued by people who do not have our best interest in their hearts, we find ourselves turning to our Lord for refuge and protection.
In Psalm 35, we experience David's heartfelt plea to God, as even those that David had prayed for and known had turned to ravage him in contemptuous charges. I confess that there have been times in my life that Psalm 35 is the prayer that I sat down and read aloud, weeping to my Lord for help in the battle before me. And...oh yes! My Father in heaven did indeed show up on my behalf and all I can do is praise Himself, as His promises fail not. Our Father's word is true for yesterday, today and tomorrow. May we be able to find rest in that knowledge.
35 Plead my cause, O Lord, with them that strive with me: fight against them that fight against me.
2 Take hold of shield and buckler, and stand up for mine help.
3 Draw out also the spear, and stop the way against them that persecute me: say unto my soul, I am thy salvation.
4 Let them be confounded and put to shame that seek after my soul: let them be turned back and brought to confusion that devise my hurt.
5 Let them be as 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 persecute them.
7 For without cause have they hid for me their net in a pit, which without cause they have digged for my soul.
8 Let destruction come upon him at unawares; and let his net that he hath hid 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 unto thee, which deliverest the poor from him that is too strong for him, yea, the poor and the needy from him that spoileth him?
11 False witnesses did rise up; they laid to my charge things that I knew not.
12 They rewarded me evil for good to the spoiling of my soul.
13 But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth: I humbled my soul with fasting; and my prayer returned into mine own bosom.
14 I behaved myself as though he had been my friend or brother: I bowed down heavily, as one that mourneth for his mother.
15 But in mine adversity they rejoiced, and gathered themselves together: yea, the abjects gathered themselves together against me, and I knew it not; they did tear me, and ceased not:
16 With hypocritical mockers in feasts, they gnashed upon me with their teeth.
17 Lord, how long wilt thou look on? rescue my soul from their destructions, my darling from the lions.
18 I will give thee thanks in the great congregation: I will praise thee among much people.
19 Let not them that are mine enemies wrongfully rejoice over me: neither let them wink with the eye that hate me without a cause.
20 For they speak not peace: but they devise deceitful matters against them that are quiet in the land.
21 Yea, they opened their mouth wide against me, and said, Aha, aha, our eye hath seen it.
22 This thou hast seen, O Lord: keep not silence: O Lord, be not far from me.
23 Stir up thyself, and awake to my judgment, even unto my cause, my God and my Lord.
24 Judge me, O Lord my God, according to thy righteousness; and let them not rejoice over me.
25 Let them not say in their hearts, Ah, so would we have it: let them not say, We have swallowed him up.
26 Let them be ashamed and brought to confusion together that rejoice at mine hurt: let them be clothed with shame and dishonour that magnify themselves against me.
27 Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, Let the Lord be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.
28 And my tongue shall speak of thy righteousness and of thy praise all the day long.
My prayer for today is that in times of distress and injustice, we seek our Father in Heaven and know that the battle is the Lord's and He will fight for us. Our Lord knows our hearts, our emotions and our plea, just as He knew David's heart. May we seek His face and trust in Himself, as we allow Him to take up our cause and may we praise His name and shout for joy, as He shows us His favor and rescues us. Our Father loves us the Most!
Blessings to all in Jesus' name. Amen