Reading the Word
Psalm 35:1–10 (ESV)
1 Contend, O Lord, with those who contend with me; fight against those who fight against me! 2 Take hold of shield and buckler and rise for my help! 3 Draw the spear and javelin against my pursuers! Say to my soul, “I am your salvation!” 4 Let them be put to shame and dishonor who seek after my life! Let them be turned back and disappointed who devise evil against me! 5 Let them be like chaff before the wind, with the angel of the Lord driving them away! 6 Let their way be dark and slippery, with the angel of the Lord pursuing them! 7 For without cause they hid their net for me; without cause they dug a pit for my life. 8 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! 9 Then my soul will rejoice in the Lord, exulting in his salvation. 10 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?”
Understanding and Applying the Word
Here, David calls out to God to defend him from those who would do him harm. He also says that his enemies are against him for no reason (v. 7). David is the target of others and he has done nothing wrong for this to be so.
We live in a world where innocent people suffer at the hands of others. It is the product of sin. When we see and hear of this type of injustice it should make us upset. We should desire justice to be done. Yet, at the same time, we know that ultimately justice will be done. God will call all people to account. No crime will go unpunished and no debt will be left unpaid. The injustices of this world will be made right. Praise God who defends those who suffer at the hands of others.
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