A Season of Psalms: Psalm 35: 7-10
“For without cause they hid their net for me; without cause they dug a pit for my life. Let destruction come upon him when he does not know it! And let the net that he hid ensnare him; let him fall into it—to his destruction! Then my soul will rejoice in the Lord, exulting in his salvation. All my bones shall say, ‘O Lord, who is like you, delivering the poor from him who is too strong for him, the poor and needy from him who robs him?’”
English Standard Version (ESV)
When you’re bumped, do you spill what you’re filled with? We don’t like interruptions, we don’t like inconveniences, we don’t enjoy having our plans hijacked. It’s just human nature; we want what we want, and we’re not happy unless we get it. And when we don’t get it, we get frustrated and easily upset. When we get upset, what’s inside us comes out of us in a torrent. So…what are you filled with?
David was filled with distress and anxiety. It’s a pattern that we’ve seen all throughout the book of Psalms. Psalm 35 is no different; here David is the object of ridicule, taunting, and scorn. He knows that the power to deliver him from such people lies not in himself, but in his Rock and Refuge, the only One who has proven Himself over and over again in David’s life. When we’re wronged, our tendency is to seek immediate revenge, to pay others back for the evils done to us. Did you notice what David did in verse 8? Rather than seek revenge himself, he places his thirst for retribution into the hands of the living Lord. God said in the Scriptures, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay.” This frees us from the terrible burden of harboring anger and maliciousness in our own hearts in which the Spirit dwells. When we turn revenge over to God, we get to sit back and watch Him work, fighting our battle for us (v.1-3).
God delights in the welfare of His people. He knows what we need, He knows we’re powerless to save and defend ourselves. He stands ready to fight our battles; all we have to do is call Him. And here’s what I know: when God contends for us, He always wins!
Further Reading: 1 Samuel 17:41-49; Ephesians 6:10-20
Pray with me:
Oh Lord, we trust in You, knowing that You alone are mighty to save. Forgive our hardheartedness and our self-reliance. We acknowledge today that we can accomplish nothing in our own power, that only by Your sovereign hand can You free us from those who oppress. Help us to lean on You with all of our hearts. This is our prayer in Jesus’ name, Amen.