Psalm 35 has David again asking God to “rescue me” from his enemies. And they are many and everywhere David turns. There are those who are out to get rid of him, starting at the throne down to the very scum of the kingdom. But David knows his redeemer. “Great is the Lord…..my God and my Lord…..say to my soul….I am your salvation”. David knows that God is His Savior and will keep him safe.
He prays to God to deal with his enemies:
- “Let them be put to shame
- Let them be turned back and disappointed
- Let them be like chaff before the wind
- Let their way be dark and slippery
Let destruction come upon him
- let the net that he hid ensnare him”
David has some specific ways he wants God to work. And he is ready to just be rid of these guys that continue to chase him. He wants freedom to live without fear of someone trying to knock him off.
David is clear that he has not acted in this manner. “But I, when they were sick— I wore sackcloth; I afflicted myself with fasting; I prayed with head bowed on my chest. I went about as though I grieved for my friend or my brother; as one who laments his mother, I bowed down in mourning”. David has not returned their evil with evil – he has treated them well. David has been a decent man who has not gloated in the troubles his enemies have experienced.
But David is clear how he will respond to God’s hand. “My soul will rejoice in the Lord, exulting in his salvation…. my tongue shall tell of your righteousness and of your praise all the day long”. David knows that God is his refuge and strength. And he is willing to let the world know about that love and care. He is not ashamed to tell the world that God is the reason for his ability to survive and thrive. Do you let people in your patch know that God is in control of your life? Do you let the world know that God is your strength?