Psalm 35 Commentary
The psalms can be an interesting collection of prayers. There are times when David is strong and bullish. There are also times when he is an equal contestant and needs just a little bit of something to get through. In this psalm, David is weak. He doesn’t need re-enforcements; he needs rescue. In fact, he wants the LORD to take his place in the ring.
You want to know when you can be a bully. You need to know when re-enforcements are required. You definitely must know when you must be substituted completely.
You would wish the Christian walk was this simple! You are taught one way or the other; never all at once. Those who assume the position of the weakest soldier are guilty of neglecting their spiritual authority. Those who assume the position of strength are warned to check themselves lest in their presumption they forget that the battle is the LORD’s.
David is a good student. The LORD Jesus Christ taught us to pray for deliverance from the evil one. “Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.”
There are traps out there for the saint – nets, and pits. Don’t be too comfortable after escaping the pit; a net might just be around the corner. Escape both and a robbery by those stronger than you lie in waiting. By sheer force and against your will, the stronger enemy drives you out of your blessing. You probably want to understand why David wants the LORD to take his place in the ring. He cannot win these battles. No one can.
The saint doesn’t necessarily have to be bad-hearted to be the target of false accusations. It’s probably because of the good that the LORD has planted within the saint that becomes the source of trouble. The saint must know.
The lesson is simple: take it to the LORD in prayer. Get out of the ring and let the LORD fight the battle. After all, the battle is the LORD’s. And from the champion’s corner, cheer the fight by staying strong and courageous. The one who has taken your place in the ring is infinitely stronger than the enemy. Applaud with praises. The victory will be yours. Write a song of praise and cheer on.
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