Gaebelein's Annotated Bible
A Psalm of David. Plead my cause, O LORD, with them that strive with me: fight against them that fight against me.Psalm 35
The Cry for Justice and Divine Help
1. The cry of distress (Psalm 35:1-10)
2. The contrast? (Psalm 35:11-18)
3. Prayer for vindication and victory (Psalm 35:19-28)
This Psalm introduces us again to the suffering of the righteous, giving another prophetic picture of the distress of the remnant. When David composed this Psalm we do not know. But He casts himself completely on the Lord and calls to Him for help and vindication. Thus the godly have always done when surrounded by the enemies who persecuted them. The condition of the godly when violence is in the earth during the time of Jacob’s trouble is here fully pictured, and their prayers prewritten by the Spirit of God. They look to Him to fight against their enemies, so that they may be confounded and put to shame, that they might be like the chaff before the wind, driven away. These are imprecatory petitions, such as a Christian is not authorized to pray, but these petitions will be perfectly justified in those final days, when judgment is decreed upon the enemies of God. The godly act in righteousness towards the wicked, but they reward evil for good, showing that they are ripe for judgment. And therefore their plea, “How long, O Lord, wilt Thou look on?” (Psalm 35:17) “Rescue my soul from their destructions, my darling from the lions.” This reminds us of the Twenty-second Psalm where this expression applies to our Lord. The remnant suffers with Him. And then their faith looks forward to the time of vindication and victory.