Sometimes we find ourselves in a battle that we did not choose. Though we act with integrity, others may accuse us and plot our ruin.
What do we do?
We do what David did.
We cry out to God.
We ask God to fight for us.
Contend, O LORD, with those who contend with me;
fight against those who fight against me.
Take up shield and buckler;
arise and come to my aid.
Brandish spear and javelin
against those who pursue me.
Say to my soul,
“I am your salvation.” (v. 1-3)
Prayer is a conversation.
We think of prayer as bringing our needs to God, asking Him to intervene. It is. But it is also a time to hear from God. Like David, we need reminding that we do not fight the enemy alone. We need to hear God’s voice reminding us that He is our salvation.
We remember that God cares for us.
My whole being will exclaim,
“Who is like you, O LORD?
You rescue the poor from those too strong for them,
the poor and needy from those who rob them.” (v. 10)
O LORD, you have seen this;
be not silent.
Do not be far from me, O LORD. (v. 22)
David knows God’s character revealed through His word and by his own experience. Though his circumstances are desperate, David is confident that God sees him and will come to his rescue.
We tell God what is happening around us.
They repay me evil for good
and leave my soul forlorn. (v. 12)
David’s enemies set traps for him, plotting his downfall. They celebrated every mistake David made. They slandered him with false accusations and gloated over his suffering.
And yet David treated them as friends, praying earnestly for them when they were sick as if he were praying for a family member.
We admit to God how difficult it is to wait for Him to act.
O Lord, how long will you look on?
Rescue my life from their ravages,
my precious life from these lions. (v. 17)
Waiting is hard.
Even when we are confident that God is who He says He is, that He sees what is happening around us, and that He is able to rescue, we still long to know how long the suffering will last. We can admit that to God.
We appeal to God to come to our defense.
Awake, and rise to my defense!
Contend for me, my God and Lord. (v. 22)
David was not complacent in his prayers. He prayed with emotion and intensity. We can too.
We commit to praising God no matter what.
My tongue will speak of your righteousness
and of your praises all day long. (v. 28)
When the battle comes to us, we cry out to God.
He will fight for us.
Father, I thank You that You will fight for me. Speak to me. Remind me that You are my salvation. Let me know You are near. Come to my rescue. No matter what happens today, I will praise You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.