Fight my battles

Thoughts from Psalm 35 in the Passion translation

When David was a young boy, Samuel came to his family and anointed him because he was going to be king. We don’t know exactly how old David was at the time, just that he was chosen as king at a young age. David doesn’t become king until the age of about 37. During those years David was in a major waiting season, and he was faced with hardships and attacks all of the time.

In Psalm 35 we see David in a place where he is calling out to God for vengeance on his enemies. In the first part of this Chapter, David can seem a little harsh. But at the time, David was a warrior so that was how he thought and lived. He had done nothing wrong (vs. 7), but he had enemies all around him. David knew that he was not the one to seek vengeance, it is for God. David waited and allowed God to be the one to help him. In verse three, David asked God to be his strong Savior. The word “Savior” is a New Testament concept, but David understood who God was to him. 

When I think about David knowing at a young age that he was going to be king someday, I think that his life should have been easy. But it wasn’t. He fought and killed the giant Goliath, which was the beginning of the seed that started Saul’s jealousy and causing years of hardship and pain for David. David knew that God would help him and protect him no matter what he faced. He knew and had confidence that God would rescue him. When God did show up to rescue David, he praises God with everything inside of him. 

When Samuel anointed David, the Message Version says in 1 Samuel 16:13, “The Spirit of God entered David like a rush of wind, God vitally empowering him for the rest of his life.” As Christians, we have that same power inside of us! We can have confidence in God, too! When we are attacked at every angle, we need to let God be the one to fight for us. Jesus reminds us of that same thought in John 16:33. He says, “In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart! I’ve conquered the world.” (MSG) Every trouble that we will ever face has been overcome through our Savior! Give your troubles and your enemies over to God. 

Through these thirty-five Psalms that we have studied together, we see that David fully and confidently trusts God in every area of his life, even through the most painful of situations. At the end of Chapter 35, David reminds us of something else: through all of these situations we face, “The Lord will be glorified through it all!” He knows that God will rescue and he will give God the glory for it. He praises God through everything so “everyone will hear my joyous praises all day long!”

The song “Fight My Battles” has been a song that has really touched my heart. Today, I want you to go to this link and spend some time listening to this song. As you listen, let the words sink deep into your heart. We can only fight our battles when we know that God is truly surrounding us every step of the way. 

Ginny Swann

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