Psalms 35* David prays for safety. (1-10) He complains of his enemies.(11-16) And calls upon God to support him. (17-28)1-10 It is no new thing for the most righteous men, and themost righteous cause, to meet with enemies. This is a fruit ofthe old enmity in the seed of the serpent against the Seed ofthe woman. David in his afflictions, Christ in his sufferings,the church under persecution, and the Christian in the hourtemptation, all beseech the Almighty to appear in their behalf,and to vindicate their cause. We are apt to justify uneasinessat the injuries men do us, by our never having given them causeto use us so ill; but this should make us easy, for then we maythe more expect that God will plead our cause. David prayed toGod to manifest himself in his trial. Let me have inward comfortunder all outward troubles, to support my soul. If God, by hisSpirit, witness to our spirits that he is our salvation, we needdesire no more to make us happy. If God is our Friend, no matterwho is our enemy. By the Spirit of prophecy, David foretells thejust judgments of God that would come upon his enemies for theirgreat wickedness. These are predictions, they look forward, andshow the doom of the enemies of Christ and his kingdom. We mustnot desire or pray for the ruin of any enemies, except our lustsand the evil spirits that would compass our destruction. Atraveller benighted in a bad road, is an expressive emblem of asinner walking in the slippery and dangerous ways of temptation.But David having committed his cause to God, did not doubt ofhis own deliverance. The bones are the strongest parts of thebody. The psalmist here proposes to serve and glorify God withall his strength. If such language may be applied to outwardsalvation, how much more will it apply to heavenly things inChrist Jesus! 11-16 Call a man ungrateful, and you can call him no worse:this was the character of David's enemies. Herein he was a typeof Christ. David shows how tenderly he had behaved towards themin afflictions. We ought to mourn for the sins of those who donot mourn for themselves. We shall not lose by the good officeswe do to any, how ungrateful soever they may be. Let us learn topossess our souls in patience and meekness like David, or ratherafter Christ's example. 17-28 Though the people of God are, and study to be, quiet, yetit has been common for their enemies to devise deceitful mattersagainst them. David prays, My soul is in danger, Lord, rescueit; it belongs to thee the Father of spirits, therefore claimthine own; it is thine, save it! Lord, be not far from me, as ifI were a stranger. He who exalted the once suffering Redeemer,will appear for all his people: the roaring lion shall notdestroy their souls, any more than he could that of Christ,their Surety. They trust their souls in his hands, they are onewith him by faith, are precious in his sight, and shall berescued from destruction, that they may give thanks in heaven
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