1Plead my cause, O LORD, with them that strive with me: fight against them that fight against me.
2Take hold of shield and buckler, and stand up for mine help.
3Draw out also the spear, and stop the way against them that persecute me: say unto my soul, I am thy salvation.
Psalm 35:1-3, KJV
Plead My Cause
Do you sense a note of desperation in David's words from Psalm 35? How many times must David have felt that despair when Saul's troops were closing in upon him? He had done nothing wrong, yet nothing he did to alleviate the problem seemed to help.
Did David have the confidence that God really would hear him and come to his aid? It seems easy for us because we have the entire Word of God; we know what happened next, but David did not! Just the fact that David wrote, "Say unto my soul, I am thy salvation," shows some of the misgivings he may have had. It seems as though he asking God to remind him, in the very depths of his soul, that God was his salvation.
It is not easy when we are in the middle of great difficulties--difficulties that seem to have no good solution--to maintain that great confidence in God that David so often expressed. It is easy in the difficult times, to lack faith that God really will help. Just because God helps others, does not always mean that He will help us--or so our discouraged souls may whisper to us.
Have you noticed, too, that when we are in the middle of troublesome times, Satan is most often actively accusing us? It is easy to look back over our lives and feel great despair over decisions that turned out to be disastrous. Satan loves to take every opportunity he can to remind us of what fatal decisions those happened to be.
As Christians, we must be reminded that our Lord paid the price for the sins we have committed; we are not to wallow in despair over past mistakes, but rather look to the future to see what great things God can and will do with our lives.
Oh, that we had the same confidence shown by David when He said, Plead my cause, O Lord. Let us, by the grace of God, go to Christ for help and then go on, as we know that David did. Those were times of great worry and concern for David, but we know the rest of the story. We know that God did save David from his enemies, and make him to be one of the greatest kings in the history of Israel.
God will do the same for His children today. The time will come when we will look back upon our difficult days and see that God's hand was always upon us, lifting us up, and carrying us through the hardest times.
What an amazing God we serve. The God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and David, is the same God we serve today!
God Bless You,