Seeking Justice and Redemption in Times of Struggle
When facing overwhelming challenges with people who seem intent on causing harm, upheaval or false accusation, Psalm 35 speaks to that struggle. It’s like a heartfelt plea to God for help against those who unjustly want to bring me down. I identify with feeling unfairly targeted, like someone’s constantly plotting against me without reason.
I find solace in the psalmist’s prayer for justice. It’s a reminder that it’s okay to ask for fairness and for those causing trouble to face the consequences of their actions. Despite the hardship, it encourages me to hold onto faith that things will be made right eventually, and those who do wrong will face their own reckoning.
Psalm 35 is a heartfelt plea for deliverance from enemies. The psalmist, King David, cries out to God for help against adversaries who seek to harm him unjustly.
Key points of Psalm 35:
1. Invocation for divine intervention: The psalmist urgently asks God to fight against those who oppose him and to shield him from their attacks.
2. Complaint against enemies: David describes the injustices he faces, highlighting how his adversaries devise deceitful plans and accuse him without cause.
3. Plea for justice: He prays for God’s judgment to intervene, asking for the adversaries to face consequences for their actions and to experience the same troubles they intended for him.
4. Trust in God’s deliverance: Despite the distress, the psalmist reaffirms faith in God’s righteousness and seeks divine rescue, expressing confidence that God will ultimately vindicate the innocent and bring justice.
Throughout the psalm, there’s a mix of anguish, trust, and a deep reliance on God’s intervention in the face of persecution and injustice.
1 A Psalm of David. 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.