Today you should read: Psalm 35
After a healthy handful of Psalms, it’s pretty clear that David laments a lot. His life doesn’t seem easy, and he writes a lot of songs about his hardships. If you didn’t know the context of the psalms, you would probably think he’s a whiner.
That’s not the case at all.
As the king of Israel, David had to endure many battles and he racked up quite a list of enemies. His position and his country’s safety were constantly in danger. Wickedness, both from within Israel and from the neighboring regions, was always crouching at his door.
When we arrive at Psalm 35, David is faced with both the reality of his current context and the sovereignty of his unchanging God. He begins by asking God to move and work powerfully against evil. Verses 9 & 10 then show that David had a heart to give all glory to God with the destruction of evil, not hoarding any praise for himself. Verses 11-16 are where things get personal; David tells the Lord specifically why he is so troubled. Want a picture of desperate, honest prayer? Look at verses 17-16. David lays his heart out and begs God to do something about his situation.
I love how this psalm ends. David asks God to give joy to those who would stand on the side of justice. I bet the orphans and widows of this world pray the same thing for us. Will we come to their aid? Will we answer their cry for help?
But give great joy to those who came to my defense. Let them continually say, “Great is the Lord, who delights in blessing his servant with peace!” Then I will proclaim your justice, and I will praise you all day long.
By: Todd Thomas