David experienced spiritual warfare. What did he do?

Psalms Chapter 35:11-18  #Battle #Pray #Shield #FalseWitnesses #Liars  (Unless otherwise stated all Scriptures in this devotional are from the King James Version of the Bible [A Public Domain Version].)

PSALMS351-18

Context

Longman offers the best explanation of the background for this Psalm. “The language of Psalm 35 indicates that the poem is a lament of an individual who has been falsely accused of a capital crime in the court. He calls on God to rescue him, since eyewitnesses, whose testimony is critical, lie about his involvement in the crime. He asks God to punish his detractors with the punishment they intend for him and he promises God that he will worship him as a result of his intervention” (Longman 2014, 172).

False Witnesses

  • 11 False witnesses did rise up; they laid to my charge things that I knew not.
  • 12 They rewarded me evil for good to the spoiling of my soul.
  • 13 But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth: I humbled my soul with fasting; and my prayer returned into mine own bosom.
  • 14 I behaved myself as though he had been my friend or brother: I bowed down heavily, as one that mourneth for his mother.

It is amazing how people will twist what you said to do what they want to do, isn’t it?11 False witnesses did rise up; they laid to my charge things that I knew not. 12 They rewarded me evil for good. [The end results of this behavior?] To the spoiling of my soul. [The behavior of these people whom David trusted spoiled/or desolated his soul!] Remember folks that if this could happen to the man after God’s own heart, then it will happen to us. How we react and respond to these incidences determines what kind of Christian metal we are made of. David is experiencing betrayal. This sort of deception cuts to the very core of a person’s being.

13 But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth: I humbled my soul with fasting; and my prayer returned into mine own bosom. He was always there for them when they needed him. He followed the guidance of  Gen. 37:34 “And Jacob rent his clothes, and put sackcloth upon his loins, and mourned for his son many days.” That is how he grieved and mourned for them. 

14 I behaved myself as though he had been my friend or brother: I bowed down heavily, as one that mourneth for his mother. He loved these folks unconditionally, and they turned on him. But that is what God tells us to do. He never told us to attack people even when they are hateful to us.

Matthew 5:44 “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;” THIS IS WHY WE DO IT.

Matthew 5:45 “That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.”

Someone asked why do I play this song so often. I am going to leave the answer to you.

References

Cayce, Ken. 2017. “Books of the Bible.”  http://www.bible-studys.org/About%20Me.html. Accessed August 29, 2018

Longman, Tremper, III. 2014. Psalms: An Introduction and Commentary. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press. Accessed September 15, 2018. ProQuest Ebook Central.

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