Back to the Psalm

5 Nov

I have been reading and rereading Psalm 35 for the past couple of days.  It is a bit long, so I wont include it all, and the reader is crying out against their enemies.  I don’t really identify with this psalm because I have never really felt anyone would put energy in to “getting me”.  Of course, the origins of this type of psalm are thought to be from the prophets who told the people of God what God wanted from them.  The thing I like best about this psalm is that although the writer is aware that there are people out to get them, the writer asks God to take care of those who wish them wrong.

“1-3 Harass these hecklers, God,
punch these bullies in the nose.
Grab a weapon, anything at hand;
stand up for me!
Get ready to throw the spear, aim the javelin,
at the people who are out to get me.
Reassure me; let me hear you say,
“I’ll save you.” ”

God is the one who will take care of the bullies, we do not need to strike out against them.  Actually, I think there have been people who would not have minded if I failed or looked the fool, but I never gave them enough energy to figure out who they were or what they were trying to do.

 “When those thugs try to knife me in the back,
make them look foolish.
Frustrate all those
who are plotting my downfall.
Make them like cinders in a high wind,
with God’s angel working the bellows.
Make their road lightless and mud-slick,
with God’s angel on their tails.
Out of sheer cussedness they set a trap to catch me;
for no good reason they dug a ditch to stop me.
Surprise them with your ambush—
catch them in the very trap they set,
the disaster they planned for me.”

I like the image of ‘out of sheer cussedness they set a trap to catch me’.  I think there are people who spend energy to try to make others look stupid.  Of course, I really needed any help.  Maybe that is why I never really thought about who was out to get me.  It would mean taking myself and what I do too seriously.  I never like doing that.

The psalm continues to ask for God’s help when the enemies are planning destruction.  The writer looks to God to change thing, for God to redeem their lives from those who want to harm them.  I like the last refrain.

“But those who want
the best for me,
Let them have the last word—a glad shout!—
and say, over and over and over,
“God is great—everything works
together for good for his servant.”
I’ll tell the world how great and good you are,
I’ll shout Hallelujah all day, every day.”

I live with the belief that many want the best for me, as I do for so many people.  I pray that you are surrounded by this supportive community and that they will have the last word as we all shout Hallelujah.

Blessings on your day.

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