Saturday, August 18, 2018

Sunday: A Psalm of David During Persecution and Bullying

ARE YOU BEING TARGETED AND BULLIED BY THE COLORADO CIVIL RIGHTS COMMISSION?  The ACLU?  Shunned by Facebook?  Doxxed by CNN? Perhaps there's a Mueller indictment or a fake dossier being put together about you with manufactured allegations?

Here David of the Old Testament pens a psalm and strong prayer for God's help, protection and vindication during the many years King Saul pursues him with the intent to kill him before he becomes God's chosen king over Israel.

This is a powerful imprecatory psalm for those times we feel bullied and harassed without  real cause and can do nothing but  fall on our knees and cry out to God for supernatural help.

PSALM 35:17-28

17How long, Lord, will you look on?
   Rescue me from their ravages,
    my precious life from these lions.
18 I will give you thanks in the great assembly;
    among the throngs I will praise you.
19 Do not let those gloat over me
    who are my enemies without cause;
do not let those who hate me without reason
    maliciously wink the eye.
20 They do not speak peaceably,
    but devise false accusations
    against those who live quietly in the land.
21 They sneer at me and say, “Aha! Aha!
    With our own eyes we have seen it.”
22 Lord, you have seen this; do not be silent.
    Do not be far from me, Lord.
23 Awake, and rise to my defense!
    Contend for me, my God and Lord.
24 Vindicate me in your righteousness, Lord my God;
    do not let them gloat over me.
25 Do not let them think, “Aha, just what we wanted!”
    or say, “We have swallowed him up.”
26 May all who gloat over my distress
    be put to shame and confusion;
may all who exalt themselves over me
    be clothed with shame and disgrace.
27 May those who delight in my vindication
    shout for joy and gladness;
may they always say, “The Lord be exalted,
    who delights in the well-being of his servant.”
28 My tongue will proclaim your righteousness,
    your praises all day long.
New International Version (NIV)

From OneYearBibleBlog, August 18, 2018

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