Tehillim / Psalms 35, Part 1, Trusting in the Righteousness of God



This week’s study is from Tehillim / Psalms 35:1-28, the opening verses state:

א   לְדָוִד | רִיבָה יְהֹוָה אֶת-יְרִיבַי לְחַם אֶת-לֹחֲמָי: ב   הַחֲזֵק מָגֵן וְצִנָּה וְקוּמָה בְּעֶזְרָתִי: ג   וְהָרֵק חֲנִית וּסְגֹר לִקְרַאת רֹדְפָי אֱמֹר לְנַפְשִׁי יְשֻׁעָתֵךְ אָנִי

A Psalm of David. 35:1 Contend, O Lord, with those who contend with me; Fight against those who fight against me.  35:2 Take hold of buckler and shield And rise up for my help. 35:3 Draw also the spear and the battle-axe to meet those who pursue me; Say to my soul, ‘I am your salvation.’ (NASB)

David seeks the Lord’s help to find victory over his enemies.  He asks for the Lord Himself to fight against those who fight against him.  He says

35:4 Let those be ashamed and dishonored who seek my life; Let those be turned back and humiliated who devise evil against me. 35:5 Let them be like chaff before the wind, With the angel of the Lord driving them on. 35:6 Let their way be dark and slippery, With the angel of the Lord pursuing them. 35:7 For without cause they hid their net for me; Without cause they dug a pit for my soul. 35:8 Let destruction come upon him unawares, And let the net which he hid catch himself; Into that very destruction let him fall. (NASB)

The enemy will fall into their own snare and pit that they have dug to destroy the innocent and the righteous.  David continues saying 35:9 And my soul shall rejoice in the Lord; It shall exult in His salvation. 35:10 All my bones will say, ‘Lord, who is like You, Who delivers the afflicted from him who is too strong for him, And the afflicted and the needy from him who robs him?’  (NASB)  Read More Here:  Tehillim 35-Part1


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