Deliver Us from Evil!
Holy God, may this day reverberate with the praise to You that I cannot hold back. You deserve it!
Read Psalm 35:1-28
Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. All rights reserved throughout the world. Used by permission of International Bible Society.
The Messiah could have had twelve legions of angels to rescue him (Matt. 26:53), but he went to the cross for us. What great love!
Fight, Lord! It is tempting to read the battles of Chronicles as fulfilled in the other-worldly kingdom of heaven. This psalm is one of a series in which David reacts to this-worldly enemies; the founder of the Messianic dynasty might have been killed before he gained the throne! The following psalms reflect on God’s faithfulness and justice, on the psalmist’s own sins, and on God’s deliverance. This one expresses a natural response to opposition: fighting back.
They repay me evil for good! We, like the ancient kings, live in a fallen, fighting world. People all over the world experience the sorts of enmity that David faced. Like David, they can cry to the Lord, but should they stop there? Should they, like the Israelites, call up their armies? During the centuries of inquisition and crusade, Christians believed they must fight the enemies of God and of the church. Yet, in this psalm, David, the warrior, seems content to ask God to fight for him.
Delight in his salvation! Chronicles demonstrates that it is not military strength but divine presence that determines a battle. But how does God fight? The Bible moves towards God’s fighting his enemies in the Messiah. In Chronicles, even the best of the messianic dynasty fall into enmity with God; that is why the messianic kingdom can only be established through the cross.
Remembering God’s promise to be Solomon’s father (and yours), pray the Lord’s Prayer in the light of what you have learned from Chronicles this week.
Father, I need to remember that the battle belongs to You. Keep me from taking up the fight instead of putting on the armor of God and standing firm.
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