Psalm Thirty Five is Fighting for Salvation
by Greg Pike
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What would you ask of the Truth if you had the chance? We've all probably imagined ourselves in Aladdin's slippers, holding the magic lamp and wondering what wishes to ask. What would you ask for: money and power, love, world peace? How about an interview with God, or one of his angels? What would we say to Him if we ever got the chance?
Our path through the psalms has brought us from an awareness of the path, to knowledge of ourselves and to praise of our creator. Now, the long awaited time has come. For the fifth time we have gone through the cycle of seven lessons and here we are again with a vision of heaven. This time we are in front of the Throne and it is our turn to speak.
35. Pleading the Cause for Salvation
Take up my case, Lord, defend me against those who would dominate me.
Protect Yourself and come to help me in this fight. Bring weapons also to fight my tormentors, let them know You are my salvation. Rout them that seek my soul, turn them back and confuse them that try to hurt me. Blow them away like leaves in the wind, chased by your angels. Let their paths be slippery and dark in their persecution. Without cause they have tried to trap me, may they be caught in their own deceitful snares; let them be ambushed by the destruction they planned for me.
My soul will be joyful in its salvation, even my bones will sing praises to the Lord. There has never been one like Him, who delivers the poor from their oppressors and the needy from those who would despoil them.
Liars rose up and charged me falsely with things I knew nothing about. They rewarded me evil for good and tried to ruin me. When they were troubled I tried to help, I prayed for them but it helped only me. I acted like they were my brothers and gave my best, I was sorry for their pain and wished to take it on myself. But when trouble came my way they rejoiced, they gathered together against me. In secret they were glad and they wished to lay me low. Then they openly mocked my trials and heaped more trouble on me.
Lord, how long will You look on?
Rescue me from their evil efforts, save my body from their power. I will give You thanks in front of everyone, I will praise your name to all who will listen. Donít let our enemies gloat over me and wink at each other in their baseless hate. They donít speak of peace, they devise traps to trouble the quiet. They made loud and long their lies about what they saw. O Lord, You have seen it.
Donít keep silent Lord, donít stay far from me. Stir Yourself up, wake up and judge me. Look into my cause and judge me according to the righteousness that is in You. Donít let them rejoice over me. Donít let them say to each other that this is the way they wanted it, that they would swallow me up. Let them be ashamed and brought to confusion, together with those who rejoice at my hurt. Cover them with shame and dishonor who would increase themselves at my expense.
Give us reason to shout for joy and be glad. Our favored cause is right and we will magnify the name of the Lord. Take pleasure in the prosperity of your servants and listen to my prayer.
My tongue shall speak of the Lordís riches and sing his praises all day long.
Stir Yourself up and judge me, Lord, is what we would ask if given the chance. Like a lawyer pleading a case before the high bench of the most supreme of courts, we ask for justice. Protect Yourself and bring weapons against our tormentors and they will be blown away like leaves in the wind. The other four times we went through the cycle of seven lessons we were observing and learning. This time we are in front of the judgement seat and we take an active role. What is false has been discarded or burned away and what we have left is worthy to stand and be judged. My soul is joyful and even my bones will sing.
The Lord protects Himself by not allowing evil into his Presence and so by coming to Him we are cleansed. The path that has led this far is simple but difficult and much that many think is important must be left behind. We give praises to our deserving Creator and the door is always open, but only those who seek the truth are welcomed and rewarded. What the worldly call gain: money, power and influence is of no value here. The real battle is for our attention; we pay our attention to what we believe has greatest worth. If we seek worldly gain we shall only have what it can bring, a too short lifetime of seeking and desire. If we seek our God's truth we are given the justice of service to Him and eternal joy.
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"The Lord protects Himself by not allowing evil into his Presence?"...quite interesting, considering Satan is (for now) allowed to approach the throne. Jesus said to Peter, "Satan has desired you that he may sift you..." Still subject to God, the god of this world must approach the Father and be granted access to the life of the redeemed. We must never forget that we are not JUST writers. We are teachers and people are, by nature, followers and we have a terrible responsibility and a wonderful privelege to be able to offer instruction. That is, if you are a writer or just one who has to be heard. The difference between the two is discerned by asking one simple question and answering it honestly and that is; "Will this article benefit the reader by saying, reminding them that the veil has been torn and access to the Father is the easiest thing in the world or will it make Him appear unapproachable?" I'll typically let an article "sit" for a week or more, revisit it and make whatever changes need to be made. In my earnestness to tell, I often and all too easily fall prey to my emotions and doctrinal prejudices but I've found that by letting a piece "age" for a week or so it usually yields "the best wine" See John 2.