by: Terry Ryan
1. A Psalm of David. Plead my cause, O LORD, with those who strive with me; Fight against those who fight against me.
2. Take hold of shield and buckler, And stand up for my help.
3. Also draw out the spear and stop those who pursue me. Say to my soul, "I am your salvation."
Have you ever needed a lawyer? What about a friend who would stand up for you in the face of false accusations? Sometimes we feel like we are all alone with no one on our side, and so we take matters into our own hands. The idea at the beginning of Psalms 35 is that the writer, in this case David, desires that God would undertake his defense against those who have revolted against him. David is requesting an Advocate (Legal Defense).
In Psalm 3 David finds himself in a similar position, one of need and thus writes:
“But You, O LORD, are a shield for me, my glory and the One who lifts up my head.” On this occasion David was having family trouble, as He was forced to flee from Absalom his son. The reality of all this is that trouble does come, to those who know God and those who do not. Jesus reminded us of this when He said, (Mat 5:45) “That you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.” We can and should be encouraged to know that God is consistent and just in all his ways, and we are all sinners. So, what do we do?
First, we must realize our need. David knew that he could not help the situation himself, so he cried out to God, “Plead my cause!” While He knew he could not help himself, David knew who could! We cannot save ourselves, but we know who can. And the first step to salvation is to ask for help.
We see several examples of this is scripture. When Paul was confronted on the road to Damascus, he asked, "Lord, what do You want me to do?"(Acts 9:6), later the Jailer watching Paul and Silas after seeing the life of these two prisoners asked, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?" These questions mirror David’s, “Plead my cause.” John would later write in 1 John 2:1-2, “My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.” His word “advocate” is a legal term similar as what David was asking for. So, we can see that Jesus is in all ways our Advocate, our Legal representative, providing for us the defense we need.
So, have you ever needed a lawyer? Jesus is the one you should call!