Great Is the Lord 35 Of David. 1 Contend, O Lord , with those who y contend with me; z fight against those who fight against me! 2 Take hold of a shield and buckler and rise for my help! 3 Draw the spear and javelin 1 against my pursuers! Say to my soul, “I am your salvation!” 4 b Let them be c put to shame and dishonor who seek after my life! Let them be d turned back and disappointed who devise evil against me! 5 Let them be like e chaff before the wind, with the angel of the Lord driving them away! 6 Let their way be dark and f slippery, with the angel of the Lord pursuing them! 7 For g without cause h they hid their net for me; without cause they dug i a pit for my life. 1 8 Let j destruction come upon him k when he does not know it! And let the net that he hid ensnare him; let him fall into it—to his destruction! 9 Then my soul will rejoice in the Lord , l exulting in his salvation. 10 All my m bones shall say, “O Lord , n who is like you, delivering the poor from him who is too strong for him, the poor and needy from him who robs him?” 11 o Malicious 1 witnesses rise up; they ask me of things that I do not know. 12 p They repay me evil for good; my soul is bereft. 1 13 But I, q when they were sick— I r wore sackcloth; I s afflicted myself with fasting; I prayed t with head bowed 1 on my chest. 14 I went about as though I grieved for my friend or my brother; as one who laments his mother, I u bowed down in mourning. 15 But at my stumbling they rejoiced and gathered; they gathered together against me; v wretches whom I did not know tore at me without ceasing; 16 like profane mockers at a feast, 1 they w gnash at me with their teeth. 17 How long, O Lord, will you x look on? Rescue me from their destruction, y my precious life from the lions! 18 I will thank you in z the great congregation; in the mighty throng I will praise you. 19 a Let not those rejoice over me who are b wrongfully my foes, and let not those c wink the eye who d hate me e without cause. 20 For they do not speak peace, but against those who are quiet in the land they devise words of deceit. 21 They f open wide their mouths against me; they say, g “Aha, Aha! Our eyes have seen it!” 22 h You have seen, O Lord ; i be not silent! O Lord, j be not far from me! 23 Awake and k rouse yourself for l my vindication, for my cause, my God and my Lord! 24 m Vindicate me, O Lord , my God, according to your righteousness, and n let them not rejoice over me! 25 Let them not say in their hearts, o “Aha, our heart’s desire!” Let them not say, p “We have swallowed him up.” 26 Let them be q put to shame and disappointed altogether who rejoice at my calamity! Let them be r clothed with shame and dishonor who s magnify themselves against me! 27 Let those who delight in my righteousness shout for joy and be glad t and say evermore, u “Great is the Lord , who v delights in the welfare of his servant!” 28 Then my w tongue shall tell of your righteousness and of your praise all the day long.
35 1 לְדָוִ֨ד ׀ רִיבָ֣ה יְ֭הוָה אֶת ־ יְרִיבַ֑י לְ֝חַ֗ם אֶת ־ לֹֽחֲמָֽי ׃ 2 הַחֲזֵ֣ק מָגֵ֣ן וְצִנָּ֑ה וְ֝ק֗וּמָה בְּעֶזְרָתִֽי ׃ 3 וְהָ֘רֵ֤ק חֲנִ֣ית וּ֭סְגֹר לִקְרַ֣את רֹדְפָ֑י אֱמֹ֥ר לְ֝נַפְשִׁ֗י יְֽשֻׁעָתֵ֥ךְ אָֽנִי ׃ 4 יֵבֹ֣שׁוּ וְיִכָּלְמוּ֮ מְבַקְשֵׁ֪י נַ֫פְשִׁ֥י יִסֹּ֣גוּ אָח֣וֹר וְיַחְפְּר֑וּ חֹ֝שְׁבֵ֗י רָעָתִֽי ׃ 5 יִֽהְי֗וּ כְּמֹ֥ץ לִפְנֵי ־ ר֑וּחַ וּמַלְאַ֖ךְ יְהוָ֣ה דּוֹחֶֽה ׃ 6 יְֽהִי ־ דַרְכָּ֗ם חֹ֥שֶׁךְ וַחֲלַקְלַקּ֑וֹת וּמַלְאַ֥ךְ יְ֝הוָ֗ה רֹדְפָֽם ׃ 7 כִּֽי ־ חִנָּ֣ם טָֽמְנוּ ־ לִ֭י שַׁ֣חַת רִשְׁתָּ֑ם חִ֝נָּ֗ם חָפְר֥וּ לְנַפְשִֽׁי ׃ 8 תְּבוֹאֵ֣הוּ שׁוֹאָה֮ לֹֽא ־ יֵ֫דָ֥ע וְרִשְׁתּ֣וֹ אֲשֶׁר ־ טָמַ֣ן תִּלְכְּד֑וֹ בְּ֝שׁוֹאָ֗ה יִפָּל ־ בָּֽהּ ׃ 9 וְ֭נַפְשִׁי תָּגִ֣יל בַּיהוָ֑ה תָּ֝שִׂישׂ בִּישׁוּעָתֽוֹ ׃ 10 כָּ֥ל עַצְמוֹתַ֨י ׀ תֹּאמַרְנָה֮ יְהוָ֗ה מִ֥י כָ֫מ֥וֹךָ מַצִּ֣יל עָ֭נִי מֵחָזָ֣ק מִמֶּ֑נּוּ וְעָנִ֥י וְ֝אֶבְי֗וֹן מִגֹּזְלֽוֹ ׃ 11 יְ֭קוּמוּן עֵדֵ֣י חָמָ֑ס אֲשֶׁ֥ר לֹא ־ יָ֝דַ֗עְתִּי יִשְׁאָלֽוּנִי ׃ 12 יְשַׁלְּמ֣וּנִי רָ֭עָה תַּ֥חַת טוֹבָ֗ה שְׁכ֣וֹל לְנַפְשִֽׁי ׃ 13 וַאֲנִ֤י ׀ בַּחֲלוֹתָ֡ם לְב֬וּשִׁי שָׂ֗ק עִנֵּ֣יתִי בַצּ֣וֹם נַפְשִׁ֑י וּ֝תְפִלָּתִ֗י עַל ־ חֵיקִ֥י תָשֽׁוּב ׃ 14 כְּרֵֽעַ ־ כְּאָ֣ח לִ֭י הִתְהַלָּ֑כְתִּי כַּאֲבֶל ־ אֵ֝֗ם קֹדֵ֥ר שַׁחֽוֹתִי ׃ 15 וּבְצַלְעִי֮ שָׂמְח֪וּ וְֽנֶאֱ֫סָ֥פוּ 1 נֶאֶסְפ֬וּ עָלַ֣י נֵ֭כִים וְלֹ֣א יָדַ֑עְתִּי קָֽרְע֥וּ וְלֹא ־ דָֽמּוּ ׃ 16 בְּ֭חַנְפֵי לַעֲגֵ֣י מָע֑וֹג חָרֹ֖ק עָלַ֣י שִׁנֵּֽימוֹ ׃ 17 אֲדֹנָי֮ כַּמָּ֪ה תִּ֫רְאֶ֥ה הָשִׁ֣יבָה נַ֭פְשִׁי מִשֹּׁאֵיהֶ֑ם מִ֝כְּפִירִ֗ים יְחִידָתִֽי ׃ 18 א֭וֹדְךָ בְּקָהָ֣ל רָ֑ב בְּעַ֖ם עָצ֣וּם אֲהַֽלְלֶֽךָּ ׃ 19 אַֽל ־ יִשְׂמְחוּ ־ לִ֣י אֹיְבַ֣י שֶׁ֑קֶר שֹׂנְאַ֥י חִ֝נָּ֗ם יִקְרְצוּ ־ עָֽיִן ׃ 20 כִּ֤י לֹ֥א שָׁל֗וֹם יְדַ֫בֵּ֥רוּ וְעַ֥ל רִגְעֵי ־ אֶ֑רֶץ דִּבְרֵ֥י מִ֝רְמוֹת יַחֲשֹׁבֽוּן ׃ 21 וַיַּרְחִ֥יבוּ עָלַ֗י פִּ֫יהֶ֥ם אָ֭מְרוּ הֶאָ֣ח ׀ הֶאָ֑ח רָאֲתָ֥ה עֵינֵֽינוּ ׃ 22 רָאִ֣יתָה יְ֭הוָה אַֽל ־ תֶּחֱרַ֑שׁ אֲ֝דֹנָ֗י אֲל ־ תִּרְחַ֥ק מִמֶּֽנִּי ׃ 23 הָעִ֣ירָה וְ֭הָקִיצָה לְמִשְׁפָּטִ֑י אֱלֹהַ֖י וַֽאדֹנָ֣י לְרִיבִֽי ׃ 24 שָׁפְטֵ֣נִי כְ֭צִדְקְךָ יְהוָ֥ה אֱלֹהָ֗י וְאַל ־ יִשְׂמְחוּ ־ לִֽי ׃ 25 אַל ־ יֹאמְר֣וּ בְ֭לִבָּם הֶאָ֣ח נַפְשֵׁ֑נוּ אַל ־ יֹ֝אמְר֗וּ בִּֽלַּעֲנֽוּהוּ ׃ 26 יֵ֘בֹ֤שׁוּ וְיַחְפְּר֨וּ ׀ יַחְדָּו֮ שְׂמֵחֵ֪י רָעָ֫תִ֥י יִֽלְבְּשׁוּ ־ בֹ֥שֶׁת וּכְלִמָּ֑ה הַֽמַּגְדִּילִ֥ים עָלָֽי ׃ 27 יָרֹ֣נּוּ וְיִשְׂמְחוּ֮ חֲפֵצֵ֪י צִ֫דְקִ֥י וְיֹאמְר֣וּ תָ֭מִיד יִגְדַּ֣ל יְהוָ֑ה הֶ֝חָפֵ֗ץ שְׁל֣וֹם עַבְדּֽוֹ ׃ 28 וּ֭לְשׁוֹנִי תֶּהְגֶּ֣ה צִדְקֶ֑ךָ כָּל ־ הַ֝יּוֹם תְּהִלָּתֶֽךָ ׃
How long, O LORD, will you look on? Intro : Links to Ps 34 with the 'angel of the LORD', only in these two Psalms. And the kind of darkness experienced in Ps 34 is experienced here too; but now the Psalm is written in the midst of waiting and praying for that deliverance. Like reading his prayer diary, versus reading his prayer summary of the year. three divisions of the Psalm all end in hope (v10, 18, 27-28). David as opposed by the malicious group, takes up most of the Psalm. But there is also v18 and v27, the 'assembly' (church) who love the LORD and his messiah. 1. Destroy my enemies and save me! (v1-10) Conflict. Contend. S pite, intrigue. Let them be put to shame and disappointed! v4 and v26 repeated. How are we to apply such prayers for the shaming of others today? This is the Messiah singing. Recap re: imprecatory psalms. Recap illustration of standing in front of the house, acting like you live there - on what basis? Only the gospel can turn the pain of injustice into something which can be redeemed, through following in Jesus' footsteps. Key distinction between being hated for being offensive, and dismissing that as opposition to the gospel; and the offense caused by the gospel itself and the life it produces. 35.10 'poor' again, cf last week, twice in the verse 2. They repaid me evil for good! (v11-18) v13 the galling injustice of it, like a kind of betrayal of trust eg the mobbing of one who is suddenly vulnerable cf Jesus at trial 3. They hate me without cause; vindicate me, O my God! (v19-28) cf John 15.25 , and cf Psalm 69.4 with 35.19 here. Without cause. nephesh is prominent. eg v25. The desires of the King's soul conquer in the end. We by nature would be among the mockers By grace we are part of the great QAHAL (church, ekklesia in Grk) in which Jesus gives thanks to his Father for his rescue. We mustn't forget the great crowd of witnesses cheering us on. Glory of God . v10 Who is like you, delivering the poor from him who is too strong for him, the poor and needy from him who robs him? FCF . We're the mockers, pursuers, the ones devising evil, leading to oppression of the poor (recap the venn diagram; myriad ways we harm others). We're malicious witnesses. Repaying evil for good. Deceit rather than evil. H1 . Malicious, selfish plans. Mocking, opposing. H2 . Slander and lies, subtle ways of putting others down. Of breaking promises and shaming others. Person of Jesus . He is the one opposed. Mistreated. The poor man. They hated me without cause. Work of Jesus. He willingly bears this suffering and injustice so that our shame might be taken away. He was utterly put to shame and disappointed so that we might never be. But his Father, none is like him, delivering the poor man from those too strong for him. He raises his beloved Son out of death. Union with Jesus . We join a crowd who delight in righteousness and praise God for his dealings with his people. Invitation . Come and join Jesus in praising his Father! Come and join the choir, the great crowd! Confrontation . Stop pursuing evil and repaying good with evil. Consolation . Jesus has conquered death and has its keys. Your shame will be removed forever. Wrap up: How long will you look on? In Jesus, The Father has already vindicated, raised, triumphed, defeated, redeemed. Who is like you, delivering the poor from him who is too strong for him?