Reflecting on God’s Word . . .

Rejoice!

Psalm 35:1-2,9-10 NLT

[1] O LORD, oppose those who oppose me. Fight those who fight against me.

[2] Put on your armor, and take up your shield. Prepare for battle, and come to my aid.

[9] Then I will rejoice in the LORD. I will be glad because he rescues me.

[10] With every bone in my body I will praise him: “LORD, who can compare with you? Who else rescues the helpless from the strong? Who else protects the helpless and poor from those who rob them?”

Reflection . . .

David was being pursued by his enemies and cries out to the Lord of help in the fight, come to his aid. Most of us have probably not actually had someone pursing us to take our lives, but we may understand someone out to harm us in some other way. We have all experienced some kind of battle raging against us albeit spiritual, emotional or physical. How are we to respond in times like these? We cry out to the Lord for help and for His hand to rescue us, to fight for us!

Then, we can say along with David, “Who else rescues the helpless from the strong?”

Life is filled with problems, suffering, oppression, heartache and often seems so overwhelming that our physical bodies take the toll. We can rejoice and look forward to rejoicing in the Lord because He protects the helpless and poor. Who else is like Him?

Let’s take a few moments to give Him praise for bringing us through so much!

Most of the verses written about praise in God’s Word were penned by men and women who faced crushing heartaches, injustice, treachery, slander, and scores of other intolerable situations. 

Joni Eareckson Tada (b. 1949)

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