THE POWER AND MIRACLE OF PRAYER
Psalms of Prayer & Praise
Part 66: Psalms 35: A Plea & Prayer For Your Enemies
In the name of God Master, of the Universe, Ruler of the earth
Editors Note: One of the greatest Joys in life amongst the believers is to let go of any ill feelings toward those that have come to take your life and cause you harm. I sat in yonder court room praying for the man who took the life of my beloved brother as they led him away. I felt good in that I had no rocks to throw nor did I desire any. God is in control of all things that exist and even those yet to come to pass. There is nothing to gain from answering the rock thrower with his spent rocks. But what has been issued in censure as an intellectual argument we do use and send back. Therefore we gain from our enemies as they avail their confessed defeat with their own words. Hence our mission as a sage continues as this is our destiny. Thus in prayer we come to help self so that we can help someone else even those that have sought our demise. But rest assured we are Glad About It.
Peace be unto you. To the Church (the Church of Christ Jesus the Prophets and Apostles) and believing Christians everywhere. To those that believe in the Bible (the Spirit of God) as the supreme authority that governs all of humankind. In this we give thanks to God the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit that leads and guides us the straightway. Those called to great service are given the greatest prosperity that exists by God and not man.
Beloved we are blessed to find all that we need and want in scripture. As David pleaded for his enemies we see many lone Spiritual Scientist pleading likewise for the many enemies of Truth, God, Wisdom and Knowledge. Thus we (FreedomJournal) can see, feel and touch David in his lamentations regarding the persecution and lost cause of those that deny God and His people.
Our discussion resumes with a look at the 35th Division of Psalms. Here we find David making a great petition for God to intervene to help with his enemies. Did David also plead for God to have mercy on his enemies? Many came during the time of David and more come today to inflict injury in various covert ways and some not so underhanded on God’s people usually for no just cause or reason. Many of these same people lied on David and still tell outlandish lies on the FreedomJournal even when we offer them peace and the Joy that comes with love. However we thank God for His inspired writers for revealing to us that we can always turn to God who is a just God with no respecter of persons.
Follow us now to verse 1 of Psalms 35. We will as the Spirit moves us divide these 28 verses into several discussions.
Psalms 35: 1 “Plead my cause, O Lord, with them that strive with me: fight against them that fight against me.”
At this verse the word plead taken from the original text has a comprehensive meaning. Here it means not only to advocate but to also deal with the cause of another for their benefit. So David pleaded with the Lord to take complete control and charge of his conflict with the enemy. Thank you my Lord thank you brother David.
Dear Lord please help us this day as you did yesterday and for days to come. We are sore vexed by those that attempt to discredit our Ministry as we write and search out the scriptures. So many come with only a money message doing nothing, saying nothing that sincerely will help others and themselves to guard their salvation. Do many of those claiming assignments to speak for you Lord truly believe in your word?
At Psalms 43 verse 1 we find a similar scripture. Here we find only 5 verses that reveal great hope in God. So in times of despair and in times of discouragement our only real resource is God. Why? Did God create any other resource we may seek out? I see God first then I grapple with other things. “Judge me, O God, and plead my cause against an ungodly nation O deliver me from the deceitful and unjust man.”
Now turn over to Psalms 119 the longest Psalms in the Bible and verse 154. As we praise the scriptures we will always trust in God’s word, when you read this entire Psalms this is what is most evident. “Plead my cause, and deliver me: quicken me according to thy word.”
Quicken is to enliven the psalmist in the word of God. Thus there is joy in the word. Meanwhile David pleads for the Lord to take charge of his struggle with his enemies as we noted earlier in our primary verse.
As we read and study the Psalms we see that the conflicts David had with his enemies make up the greatest portion of the book of Psalms. David stood up for God and for the nation of Israel. There were many heathen and pagan nations all around God’s people. They resented David and the success he had in delivering the word and in battle. Therefore when we turn to the 56th Division of Psalms and verses 1-2 we continue to see this theme.
Psalms 56: 1-2 “Be merciful unto me, O God; for man would swallow me up; he fighting daily oppresseth me.”
“Mine enemies would daily swallow me up; for they be many that fight against me, O thou most High.”
The record shows that David had great success as a warrior. However he only gained victory through the help of God. Thus we see a particular prayer request made in verse 1. As we move to verse 2 we remind you that although the enemies of David and the people of God today are many, numbers mean nothing with God in the midst. Therefore as did David we (FreedomJournal) call on the Lord for help. In the Lord there is hope, in man there is just hope he can.
For an additional word on this hope we find in the Lord that is forthcoming to all the saints look with us to Isaiah 49: 25. There are 26 verses found here. The future redeemer is noted in the Messiah. The Lord will surely render comfort to His people. So our hope is in Christ who our Father God so graciously sent to save us from our enemies and all other things.
Let this first discussion on Psalms 35 serve as the introduction. We will resume our discussion with verse 4. As we continue through this Psalms we will gain a blessing knowing that all of our enemies are at bay when we first seek out the Lord in prayer. Have mercy Lord.
Peace and Paradise,
Dr. Carl A. Patton writing for the FreedomJournal Press 2 May 2010 in the year of our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus.
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