A New Understanding…Psalm 35

To be totally honest before my accident I wasn't in my Word everyday :/ I know terrible. I have excuses for days but it's just how it was. Since I have been injured, God has reignited a passion for His word. It's by no means is a religious duty, just it has been so alive and every day it changes my heart. I am currently reading in a lot of different places but what has been rocking me lately is Psalms. I just see the raw and real state of the human heart. It is such a perfect picture of, if everyone was honest, the fickleness of the human heart. One day we are happy the next feel the depths of despair. Even sometimes the same strong emotional shift in the same day, hour, or even moment. I can really identify with every chapter. As I read through the book, I see chapters about loneliness, intimacy, victory, defeat, emptiness, and prosperity. As I started to once again read through Psalms, The Lord started giving me a new prospective in reading them. In a lot of the chapters it talks about an enemy surrounding the writer, people fighting against him, The Lord taking vengeance, and being in the shelter of The Lord in the midst of such attacks. I have always viewed that as the struggles or battles I face. For example, me trying to battle addiction, or trying to overcome sin and the people who might tempt me to fall back into sin. I guess I always presumed those to be character flaws, sin issues, and people who try and bring me down with them. Those things helped me at very crucial points in my life. In this part of my life I am seeing that I have new enemies. What I have begun to see is how circumstance and the world's standards are my enemy today. In Psalm 35 David writes about his enemies assaults against him and The Lord being his justice. Vs. 4 says, "Bring shame and disgrace on those trying to kill me; turn them back and humiliate those who want to harm me." Life and circumstance come to try and take me out. He works out all things for good to those that love him the Bible says. God takes those circumstances that look so terrible and like there is no way out and he disgraces and humiliates them by turning them into good. He demonstrates His power by using the foolishness of this world, on paper...me, and confounds the wise. Vs. 7, "I did them no wrong, but they laid a trap for me. I did them no wrong, but they dug a pit to catch me." These things can come with out justification. It isn't like I deserve to experience this accident and not walk. My enemy, circumstance, has dug a pit for me. Vs. 8-10, "So let sudden ruin come upon them! Let them be caught in the trap they set for me! Let them be destroyed in the pit they dug for me. Then I will rejoice in the Lord . I will be glad because he rescues me. With every bone in my body I will praise him: 'Lord , who can compare with you? Who else rescues the helpless from the strong? Who else protects the helpless and poor from those who rob them?'" He rescuer and I will forever praise Him! In another Psalm it talks about preparing a meal in the midst of enemies. I am not demanding that my circumstance change but rather declaring who He is. He will take care of me and no matter what I face, even if I make my bed in hell His love would find me there. Who He is and His promise will prevail; "Then I will proclaim your justice, and I will praise you all day long." (Psalms 35:28 NLT)

3 thoughts on “A New Understanding…Psalm 35

  1. Sandy tankiewicz

    There is such comfort and peace in knowing God is able……so that whatever He chooses is with intention.

  2. Natasha

    Thank you for blogging about Psalm 35! This passage of scripture keeps opening up in my Bible more times than not when I do my devotions. I just stumbled upon your blog this morning and although it looks like you haven’t blogged in a month or so I will keep you in my prayers and pray that God strengthens your mind, body, and spirit. He is able….God bless you. Natasha


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