Psalm 35

Psalm 35

Prayer for Deliverance from Enemies of David.

Have you run away from the people for a long time? King David had to run away from the king Saul who tried to kill him for more than ten years. He prayed to God and went through many hardships in life. Every time when he had difficulties, he knelt before God and prayed. This is also one of those prayers. He could not find human aids and human rescuers. So he prayed.

“Contend, O Lord, with those who contend with me; fight against those who fight against me!
Take hold of shield and buckler, and rise up to help me! Draw the spear and javelin against my pursuers; say to my soul, ‘I am your salvation.’”

However, David did not try to have revenge himself. He knew that evil doers will destroy themselves without outside killing.

“Let them be put to shame and dishonor who seek after my life. Let them be turned back and confounded who devise evil against me. Let them be like chaff before the wind, with the angel of the Lord driving them on. Let their way be dark and slippery, with the angel of the Lord pursuing them.”

The reason why David had such a strong confidence was that he did not do anything wrong! Anyone who pray for God’s intervention should have such self-confidence in his or her innocence: “For without cause they hid their net for me; without cause they dug a pit for my life. Let ruin come on them unawares. And let the net that they hid ensnare them; let them fall in it—to their ruin.”

When such faith actually confirms the results in real world we can trust God’s justice and faithfulness. That is when we praise God with genuine heart: “Then my soul shall rejoice in the Lord, exulting in his deliverance All my bones shall say, ‘O Lord, who is like you? You deliver the weak from those too strong for them, the weak and needy from those who despoil them.’”

People are not like God. They are not faithful all the time. They often repay us with evil when we do good to them. Still we want to continue our good deeds because we are God’s children and God is still alive: “Malicious witnesses rise up; they ask me about things I do not know. They repay me evil for good; my soul is forlorn. But as for me, when they were sick, I wore sackcloth; I afflicted myself with fasting. I prayed with head bowed on my bosom, as though I grieved for a friend or a brother; I went about as one who laments for a mother, bowed down and in mourning. But at my stumbling they gathered in glee, they gathered together against me; ruffians whom I did not know tore at me without ceasing; they impiously mocked more and more gnashing at me with their teeth.”

David knew that God would intervene someday. It is just a matter of timing. “How long, O Lord, will you look on? Rescue me from their ravages, my life from the lions! Then I will thank you in the great congregation; in the mighty throng I will praise you. Do not let my treacherous enemies rejoice over me, or those who hate me without cause wink the eye. For they do not speak peace, but they conceive deceitful words against those who are quiet in the land. They open wide their mouths against me; they say, ‘Aha, Aha, our eyes have seen it.’  You have seen, O Lord; do not be silent! O Lord, do not be far from me! Wake up! Bestir yourself for my defense, for my cause, my God and my Lord!  Vindicate me, O Lord, my God, according to your righteousness, and do not let them rejoice over me. Do not let them say to themselves, ‘Aha, we have our heart’s desire’
Do not let them say, ‘We have swallowed you up’”

David kept praying, knowing that God was listening: “Let all those who rejoice at my calamity be put to shame and confusion; let those who exalt themselves against me be clothed with shame and dishonor. Let those who desire my vindication shout for joy and be glad, and say evermore, ‘Great is the Lord, who delights in the welfare of his servant.’  Then my tongue shall tell of your righteousness and of your praise all day long.”

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