Praying Through: Psalm 35:7-28

The Psalm

Psalm 35:7-28 (CSB)
7 They hid their net for me without cause; they dug a pit for me without cause.

8 Let ruin come on him unexpectedly, and let the net that he hid ensnare him; let him fall into it—to his ruin.

9 Then I will rejoice in the LORD; I will delight in his deliverance.

10 All my bones will say, “LORD, who is like you, rescuing the poor from one too strong for him, the poor or the needy from one who robs him?”

11 Malicious witnesses come forward; they question me about things I do not know.

12 They repay me evil for good, making me desolate.

13 Yet when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth; I humbled myself with fasting, and my prayer was genuine.

14 I went about mourning as if for my friend or brother; I was bowed down with grief, like one mourning for a mother.

15 But when I stumbled, they gathered in glee; they gathered against me. Assailants I did not know tore at me and did not stop.

16 With godless mockery they gnashed their teeth at me.

17 Lord, how long will you look on? Rescue me from their ravages; rescue my precious life from the young lions.

18 I will praise you in the great assembly; I will exalt you among many people.

19 Do not let my deceitful enemies rejoice over me; do not let those who hate me without cause wink at me maliciously.

20 For they do not speak in friendly ways, but contrive fraudulent schemes against those who live peacefully in the land.

21 They open their mouths wide against me and say, “Aha, aha! We saw it!”

22 You saw it, LORD; do not be silent. Lord, do not be far from me.

23 Wake up and rise to my defense, to my cause, my God and my Lord!

24 Vindicate me, LORD my God, in keeping with your righteousness, and do not let them rejoice over me.

25 Do not let them say in their hearts, “Aha! Just what we wanted.” Do not let them say, “We have swallowed him up!”

26 Let those who rejoice at my misfortune be disgraced and humiliated; let those who exalt themselves over me be clothed with shame and reproach.

27 Let those who want my vindication shout for joy and be glad; let them continually say, “The LORD be exalted. He takes pleasure in his servant’s well-being.”

28 And my tongue will proclaim your righteousness, your praise all day long.

The Prayer

My Only Love

My life

  • I have only experienced
  • enemies trying to take my life
  • attempting to end me
  • my soul
  • my heart
  • and my mind. They have used me
  • for their own wickedness
  • and to fulfill their hearts of sin
  • and to dispose me
  • like I am trash.

I am burn with anger

  • because I feel powerless
  • but my eyes see
  • who are my enemies
  • who have vowed to draw me away from you
  • and that fills me with rage.

Because you have loved me from all of eternity

  • and your heart was openly affectionate upon me
  • and you loved me
  • and you loved me so much
  • that you sent your Son
  • to live and die and rise from death
  • so I can live, and move and have my being
  • in you alone.

God, I pray for those

  • who would try to take my life.
  • They have failed. Miserably.
  • Their actions are in completely vain

Show them the wickedness of their sin

  • and turn their hearts towards you. Save them from their sins
  • and from the snares of the devil.

Put Satan and his demons to open shame

  • because your Son has the keys
  • to hell and death

How much more glorious would it be

  • to these supposed enemies

  • who would have me killed

  • and then you draw them

  • and you call them

  • and you exchange their hearts

  • and filled them with your Spirit?

  • That would be spectacular

  • because that is what you have done for me

  • You have predestined me?

  • Predestined them

  • You have called me?

  • Call them

  • You have justified me in my wickedness

  • that eclipses their own wickedness?

  • Justify them

  • You have glorified me

  • because you have glorified your Son?

  • Glorify them

  • You have saved me?

  • Save them

  • You have loved me?

  • Love them.

Save my enemies O Lord

  • keep them precious in your sight
  • my Savior and my Redeemer forever.