Psalm 35

A Psalm of David.

1 Plead my cause, O LORD, with those who strive with me; fight against those who fight against me.

2 Take hold of shield and buckler, and stand up for my help.

3 Also draw out the spear, and stop those who pursue me. Say to my soul, “I am your salvation.”

4 Let those be put to shame and brought to dishonor who seek after my life; let those be turned back and brought to confusion who plot my hurt.

5 Let them be like 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 pursue them.

7 For without cause they have hidden their net for me in a pit, which they have dug without cause for my life.

8 Let destruction come upon him unexpectedly, and let his net that he has hidden 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 You, delivering the poor from him who is too strong for him, yes, the poor and the needy from him who plunders him?”

11 Fierce witnesses rise up; they ask me things that I do not know.

12 They reward me evil for good, to the sorrow of my soul.

13 But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth; I humbled myself with fasting; and my prayer would return to my own heart.

14 I paced about as though he were my friend or brother; I bowed down heavily, as one who mourns for his mother.

15 But in my adversity they rejoiced and gathered together; attackers gathered against me, and I did not know it; they tore at me and did not cease;

16 With ungodly mockers at feasts they gnashed at me with their teeth.

17 Lord, how long will You look on? Rescue me from their destructions, my precious life from the lions.

18 I will give You thanks in the great assembly; I will praise You among many people.

19 Let them not rejoice over me who are wrongfully my enemies; nor let them wink with the eye who hate me without a cause.

20 For they do not speak peace, but they devise deceitful matters against the quiet ones in the land.

21 They also opened their mouth wide against me, and said, “Aha, aha! Our eyes have seen it.”

22 This You have seen, O LORD; do not keep silence. O Lord, do not be far from me.

23 Stir up Yourself, and awake to my vindication, to my cause, my God and my Lord.

24 Vindicate me, O LORD my God, according to Your righteousness; and let them not rejoice over me.

25 Let them not say in their hearts, “Ah, so we would have it!” Let them not say, “We have swallowed him up.”

26 Let them be ashamed and brought to mutual confusion who rejoice at my hurt; let them be clothed with shame and dishonor who exalt themselves against me.

27 Let them shout for joy and be glad, who favor my righteous cause; and let them say continually, “Let the LORD be magnified, who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.”

28 And my tongue shall speak of Your righteousness and of Your praise all the day long.

 

“Plead my cause oh Lord” brings to mind an interesting scenario.  God, the Creator of the universe, the final Judge on all matters, is now enlisted as your attorney, and as your attorney he is arguing your case in the courtroom where he is also the judge.  His court does not allow for legal trickery and loopholes, but only true and accurate judgment.  If someone sets a trap, they are caught in it themselves.

 

Praise God and rejoice in the hour of your deliverance.  Your advocate is the Judge, the Judge is your Father in heaven.  Your adversary is a liar.  He presents his case and uses words like evidence, and guilt, and punishment.  He says you deserve only harm and pain, but his argument falls apart, in light of the fact that all of your crimes have already been punished in the body and person of Jesus Christ, and even in the courts of men, once a crime has been punished, and the sentence carried out, it cannot be punished again.

 

All that is required of you is to just believe that God’s judgment is true, the payment is enough, and then draw near to Him.  Follow him, pursue God every bit as hard and relentlessly as your enemy pursues you.  The closer you get to God, the louder the words “It is finished” will echo and all other voices will be drowned out. Amen.

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