The Word of Grace Devotion for August 17, 2020
Psalm 35:1-3, "Contend, Lord, with those who contend with me; fight against those who fight against me. 2Take up shield and armor; arise and come to my aid. 3Brandish spear and javelin against those who pursue me. Say to me, “I am your salvation.” NIV
Beloved, we are so often tempted to take matters into our own hands. When we perceive that we have been wronged we desire vengeance knowing that the Lord has told us multiple times that vengeance belongs to Him. How do we rectify this? We pray!
King David understood this need for vengeance. King Saul was constantly pursuing David and David wanted to lash out but instead he took it to the Lord saying, “Contend, Lord, with those who contend with me; fight against those who fight against me.” This Psalm is an Imprecatory Psalm, which asks God to defeat and destroy the enemies of His people.
Instead of personally taking vengeance we also should pray. Spurgeon said, “Every saint of God shall have this privilege: the accuser of the brethren shall be met by the Advocate of the saints.”
As David asked the Lord to, “2Take up shield and armor; arise and come to my aid. 3Brandish spear and javelin against those who pursue me,” so we also ask God to come to our defense.
Indeed, the Lord is not only our eternal salvation but also our salvation here on earth as King David said, “Say to me, “I am your salvation.” Yes, we are not only saved from the God’s wrath so that we may enter heaven, but if the Lord wills, also from the wrath of men who desire to destroy us. Like King David, we need to hear again and again that God is our salvation.
Beloved, King David grew to know that God was his Savior both eternally and temporally. He is our salvation. We need not attempt to rectify every wrong but trust the Lord to work on our behalf. He is our salvation!
I pray that you will have a blessed week! I love you and I will be praying for you!