Psalm 70 Commentary

Psalm 70 Commentary

David petitions the LORD for help. Quick help. At the same time, he prays that the LORD brings to shame and confusion his enemies.

But we know the LORD can save without bringing down the enemy. There are times when saints think the only way to stay afloat is by sinking the enemy ship. This psalm, and probably other psalms seem to expound on this thought. But we know the LORD doesn’t always work that way.

At the same time, you get the thought that the psalmist’s intention is to advance the interests of the LORD. Let not evil prevail. Let the perpetrators of evil and their plans fall flat. Evil shouldn’t exist in the first place. It is a disturbance to God’s design. Every saint should hate evil, seek its annihilation, and bemoan its continued existence.

The boundary between righteousness and evil should be a battle frontier, not a truce point. The saint hasn’t raised a white flag to signal a peaceful co-existence with sin. It should be a constant pain to live in a world of evil. Then you know you are born-again.

So the psalmist sounds the battle cry against evil. The New Testament saint still has the following battle frontiers: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like.

In the Old Testament, these battle frontiers are personalized.

“But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you.” Again, the New Testament saint knows what it means to seek the LORD. It is always about seeking the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. 

Interestingly, it’s the fruit of the Spirit that flattens the enemy. This is team A and always wins.

David’s call for quick help translates into the saint’s desire for the fruit of the Spirit. Let there be no delay, otherwise, the battle is completely lost.

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Published by Joseph Malekani

Joseph Malekani is a born-again Christian with a strong PAOG/Baptist background. He is heavily involved in student ministry with ZAFES – an IFES movement with focus on student ministry in Zambia. He is married to Audrey and they have two lovely children.

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