Psalm 35 Outline
– David prayed for God to fight for him in defense against his enemies (Psalm 35:1-3)
– David prayed for God to punish his enemies (Psalm 35:4-10)
– David complaint that he treat his enemies well but his enemies now attack him with slander (Psalm 35:11-18)
– David prayed for God to help him so that his enemies won’t be able to gloat over his fall Psalm 35:19-25)
– David prayed for God’s punishment to fall on his enemies (Psalm 35:26-28)
Psalm 35 Summary
In Psalm 35:1-3, David prayed for God to fight against his enemies and rescue them.
In Psalm 35:4-10, David prayed for God’s judgment to fall on his enemies, then he will rejoice in God. God is always watching over the under privilege and provide for them.
In Psalm 35:11-18, David talked about how his enemies repay him evil for good, so that his soul is now forlorn. David said he used to mourn in sackcloth, fast and pray to God when his enemies were sick. But that when he stumbled, his enemies kept on attack him with slander. Now, David cried out to God to rescue him from his enemies. David promised to give thanks and praises to God in front of the great assembly.
In Psalm 35:19-21, David told God to help him so that his enemies won’t be able to gloat over his fall.
In Psalm 35:22-25, David knew God had seen his predicament. Knowing this, he is asking God not to be silent but fight for him for his defense so that his enemies cannot gloat over his fall.
In Psalm 35:26-28, David prayed that may God’s punishment fall on those who gloat over his distress. David is determined to proclaim about God’s righteousness and speak of his praises.
Psalm 35 Bible Study
1. Don’t take revenge
David knew that the people he used to treat good now slander him behind their backs. Instead of taking revenge against them himself, he now pray to God and ask God to punish them. Taking revenge is a sin but you can pray to God and ask God to punish your enemies. In Romans 12:19, dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. In Hebrews 10:30, for we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people. In Romans 12:17, recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. In Proverbs 24:29, say not, I will do so to him as he hath done to me: I will render to the man according to his work. In Psalm 94:1, O LORD God, to whom vengeance belongeth; O God, to whom vengeance belongeth, shew thyself.