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Psalms 35 – 36

 Psalm 35 

A prayer for the deliverance of the godly who live by the Word of God and a prophecy of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.  God our Father WILL hear the prayer of those who love him enough to live by every Word of God and he will deliver us from death and the grave as he delivered the Lamb of God, the first born of many brethren!  

The day will come when God the Father will send Messiah the Christ the Deliverer to take up his instruments of war and return to the earth to deliver his faithful and destroy Babylon the Wicked (Rev 15 – Rev 19)!

Psalm 35:1 Plead my cause, O LORD, with them that strive with me: fight against them that fight against me.  35:2 Take hold of shield and buckler, and stand up for mine help. 35:3 Draw out also the spear, and stop the way against them that persecute me: say unto my soul, I am thy salvation.

Almighty God will crush the wicked, who persecute the righteous who live by the Word of God, in his zeal for his beloved

35:4 Let them [the wicked] be confounded and put to shame that seek after my soul: let them be turned back and brought to confusion that devise my hurt. 35:5 Let them be as chaff before the wind: and let the angel of the LORD chase them. 35:6 Let their way be dark and slippery: and let the angel of the LORD persecute them.

35:7 For without cause have they hid for me their net in a pit, which without cause they have digged [a grave]  for my soul [life]35:8 Let destruction come upon him [the wicked] at unawares; and let his net that he hath hid [let the wicked fall into their own trap] catch himself: into that very destruction [let the wicked fall into the trap he had planned for the godly] let him fall.

35:9 And my soul shall be joyful in the LORD: it shall rejoice in his salvation. 35:10 All my bones shall say, LORD, who is like unto thee, which deliverest the poor [the poor in the spirit of pride and stubborn self-will] from him that is too strong for him, yea, the poor [humble] and the needy [who know they need and therefore hunger and thirst for the Word of God] from him that spoileth him?

A prophecy of the trial and crucifixion of Christ, and a complaint of the righteous against the lies and deeds of the wicked

35:11 False witnesses did rise up; they laid to my charge things that I knew not.  35:12 They rewarded me evil for good to the spoiling of my soul.  35:13 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 [answered by God].

The godly mourn for the wicked and their desire is that the wicked would sincerely repent and be saved.  Jesus healed even the unconverted in his physical ministry as an example that he will heal mankind from all evil when he comes. 

35:14 I behaved myself as though he [the wicked persons] had been my friend or brother: I bowed [Jesus and the faithful deeply desire the sincere repentance and saving of the wicked, as David mourned for Absalom]  down heavily, as one that mourneth for his mother.

35:15 But in mine adversity they rejoiced, and gathered themselves together: yea, the abjects gathered themselves together against me, and I knew it not; they did tear me, and ceased not:

Although Jesus Christ loved them, the wicked rejoiced over his death, even so the wicked rejoice over the trials of the righteous to this day.

35:16 With hypocritical mockers in feasts, they gnashed upon me with their teeth [their abusive words].

The wicked who observe the Feasts in hypocrisy not living by every Word of God, mock and persecute those who are zealous to live by every Word of God

David asks, as every righteous man has asked through the ages:  When will God’s deliverance come

35:17 Lord, how long wilt thou look on? rescue my soul from their destructions, my darling from the lions.

The day will come when the righteous will greatly rejoice over their deliverance from all evil, including death itself. Then as all nations are gathered at the Feasts of the LORD the delivered will teach them the greatness of God

35:18 I will give thee thanks in the great congregation: I will praise thee among much people. 35:19 Let not them that are mine enemies wrongfully rejoice over me: neither let them wink with the eye [in derision] that hate me without a cause. 35:20 For they speak not peace: but they devise deceitful matters against them that are quiet in the land.

The wicked rejoiced over the crucifixion of Messiah and they still rejoice at the calamities of the righteous. Let not the wicked rejoice over the apparent fall of those who live by the righteousness of every Word of God

35:21 Yea, they opened their mouth wide against me, and said, Aha, aha, our eye hath seen it.

The wicked rejoice saying that they have seem the fall of those who love God enough to live by his every Word; they rejoice for they feel vindicated by the calamity of the righteous, that they are right and the zealous for God are wrong

35:22 This thou hast seen, O LORD: keep not silence: O Lord, be not far from me.  35:23 Stir up thyself, and awake to my judgment, even unto my cause, my God and my Lord. 35:24 Judge me, O LORD my God, according to thy righteousness [which is every Word of God] ; and let them not rejoice over me.

35:25 Let them not say in their hearts, Ah, so would we have it: let them not say, We have swallowed him [have destroyed Christ in the crucifixion, and also his servants] up.  

When Christ comes the wicked will see him and hear his words commanding that all men live by every Word of God the Father.  The rejoicing of the wicked over the calamity of all those who live by every Word of God shall be turned to terrible correction and mourning.

35:26 Let them be ashamed and brought to confusion together that rejoice at mine hurt: let them be clothed with shame and dishonour that magnify themselves against me.

When the righteous are delivered they will rejoice and praise God the Father and his Christ forever

35:27 Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, Let the LORD be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant. 35:28 And my tongue shall speak of thy righteousness and of thy praise all the day long.

 

Psalm 36

David’s inspired opinion of the wicked; they are proud, loving themselves and having no regard for God to live by the Word of God

Psalm 36:1 The transgression of the wicked saith within my heart [David is inspired to understand the wicked], that there is no fear of God before his eyes [the wicked are proud, self-willed and full of themselves having no humility to submit to the Word of God].  

36:2 For he flattereth himself in his own eyes [the wicked are always right in their own eyes], until [until God rejects and corrects him for his hateful wickedness] his iniquity be found to be hateful [abhorrent to God and are corrected by God’s righteous rebuke] .

The wicked lay awake at night scheming how to deceive others and gain advantage for themselves; their words are deceitful for they have no love for truth and no love to live by the Word of God.   

The wicked can be very impressive slick talkers who can con a dove out of its feathers.  They claim to be full of love as they deceitfully steal your spiritual crowns and your physical means.  They love their own ways and abhor to live by every Word of God.

36:3 The words of his mouth are iniquity and deceit: he hath left off to be wise, and to do good. 36:4 He deviseth mischief upon his bed; he setteth himself in a way that is not good; he abhorreth not evil.

The power, wisdom, judgments and justice of God are far greater than the power of the wicked, and God’s mercy is everlasting to all those who love him and live by His Word

36:5 Thy mercy, O LORD, is in the heavens; and thy faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds. 36:6 Thy righteousness is like the great mountains; thy judgments are a great deep: O LORD, thou preservest man and beast.  

36:7 How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings. 36:8 They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness [the wealth] of thy house [family, kingdom]; and thou shalt make them drink of the river [the river of Living Waters of the Word and Spirit of God] of thy pleasures [the chief pleasure of the faithful is to please God by fulfilling his Word].

Water is essential for life and this is most clearly evident in a desert land; therefore the scriptures refer to God’s Word and Spirit as the Fountain or River of Living Waters which is essential for eternal spiritual life.  

36:9 For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light.

Let us plead along with David, that God will not allow the spirit of pride to find a place in us or come near to us, and that we will always cleave to the righteousness of the Word of God. Pray that we, by clinging to every Word of God, will never be deceived by the wicked who seek to turn us away from our LORD 

36:10 O continue thy lovingkindness unto them that know thee; and thy righteousness to the upright in heart [upright in wholehearted faithfulness to live by every Word of God]36:11 Let not the foot of pride come against me, and let not the hand of the wicked remove me. 36:12 There are the workers of iniquity fallen: they are cast down, and shall not be able to rise.

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