"I'll fight for you."
In California, we have this TV commercial. It's an advertisement for a personal injury attorney. Now, if I needed someone to represent me – I'm not thinking I would go to this guy. He's a little "creepy" – just sayin'.
But I love his tagline –
"I'll fight for you."
Today's "Bible Pick 'Ems" landed me in Psalms 35. It's one of the imprecatory psalms. The word "imprecatory" means cursing.
These are psalms that call upon God to deal with enemies. To some ears, these psalms might sound extremely harsh.
But, let's be honest.
When we feel like we're being attacked, don't we want a little *harsh* to come to the rescue?
Psalms 35 was written by David – possibly when he was being hunted by Saul.
He is afraid, confused, frustrated.
After all, he was the anointed king – and now he's running for his life?
So where does he turn?
He appeals to God – who is always just:
"O LORD, oppose those who oppose me. Fight those who fight against me. Put on your armor, and take up your shield. Prepare for battle, and come to my aid. Lift up your spear and javelin against those who pursue me. Let me hear you say, 'I will give you victory.'" (Psalms 35:1-3)
Are you in a season of life when you feel like you're running from the enemy? Do you feel like you're under attack?
Are you afraid, confused, frustrated?
Do like David did – turn to God.
"I'll fight for you!"
Stand behind His victory…
…and you will stand firm!
I close with the words of Charles H. Spurgeon – his commentary on the beginning of Psalm 35:
"Plead my cause, O Lord, with them that strive with me. Plead against those who plead against me; strive with my strivers; contend with my contenders…beat them at their own weapons. Every saint of God shall have this privilege: the accuser of the brethren shall be met by the Advocate of the saints.
Fight against them that fight against me. If my advisers try force as well as fraud, be a match for them; oppose thy strength to their strength. Jesus does this for all his beloved -- for them he is both intercessor and champion; whatever aid they need they shall receive from him, and in whatever manner they are assaulted they shall be effectually defended. Let us not fail to leave our case into the Lord's hand. Vain is the help of man, but ever effectual is the interposition of heaven. What is here asked for as a boon, may be regarded as a promise to all the saints; in judgment they shall have a divine advocate, in warfare a divine protection."
"When in doubt, search God out!"