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Psalm 35 Devotional

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In David is asking God to intervene against those who are unjustly attacking him or those who have turned against him. It seems as if this suffering has being going on for a while and David is pleading for God to give him Justice against them.
Verses 1-10 Prayer in uncalled for danger
Plea for divine intervention in this situation (1-3)
Prayer for retribution (4-6)
What they are doing ins without cause (7)
Prayer for retribution (8)
Promise of exultation of God for His saving power (9-10)
Verses 11-18 prayer in unmerited danger
Lament that he is receiving evil in return for his good (11-16)
Plea for God’s intervention (17)
Promise of praise for deliverance (18)
Verses 19-28 Prayer in malicious danger
those who are gloating and malicious (19-21)
Plea for God to awaken and vindicate David (22-26)
Prayer that those who are with David, his friends, will praise God for His vindication (27)
Promise to praise God (28)


David seems to be experiencing a situation where people who may have been supporting him outwardly are now relishing in his problems and/or turning on him. David is praying that God would deliver justice against those who have have turned on him. Note that David does not try to deliver justice himself but relies on God. He is trusting in the promises of God.
Psalm 35:10 ESV
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?”
psalm 35:
God delivers the oppressed from those who unjustly treat them.
Romans 12:19 ESV
Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”
David also is relying on God and knows that whatever happens is God’s will. God despises injustice and those who wrong others were subject to punishment under Jewish Law. Therefore David was praying that God’s will be done against them.
We should always ask ourselves what God is trying to show us when we read a Bible passage.
We should always ask ourselves what God is trying to show us when we read a Bible passage.
What is God trying to show you in this Psalm?
How do you respond when someone you thought was a friend seems to turn on you or change?
Do you get angry with the person or do you ask God to handle it and rest in his promise that those that the unjust and those who do evil will receive their just punishment? Do you praise God for this or think of ways to get back at them? Maybe act angry towards them or ignore them.
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