Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Psalm 35 ~ Yahweh Contends for Me

When I pray through the psalms, there are some instances when I make a personal confession where the psalm writer makes a petition. I do this because I understand and confess the psalms through the New Testament reality of Jesus the Messiah and the coming of His kingdom into the world. So, for example, where the psalm writer says, “Contend with those, Yahweh, who contend with me” (Psalm 35:1 JVD), I am mindful that Jesus has already done that for me: He has taken on the devil and death and sin, and everything that stood against me, nailed it to the cross and rose victoriously from the dead three days later. So, I confess with Paul, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? … Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us” (Romans 8:35-37).

Yahweh Contends for Me ~ from Psalm 35

Yahweh contends with those who contend with me.
He fights against those who fight against me.
He is the Warrior who stands for me and helps me.
He will stop those who are after me,
Because Jesus is my salvation!*
Those who seek my life will be brought to confusion.
But I will whirl and twirl for joy because of Yahweh;
I will delight thoroughly in Jesus, my Champion.

Who is like Yahweh?
He keeps the weak from being overcome
And the poor from being plundered.
He rescues me from destruction
And will not let the enemy triumph over me.
He will clear my name.

Those who stand with me
Will shout for joy and celebrate.
Yahweh will be great in their eyes
Because He takes pleasure
In the prosperity of His people.
I will speak of His faithfulness,
Because He always does what is right,
And I will praise Him continually.

* The Hebrew word for “salvation” in this psalm is yeshuah. As a name, it is Yeshua, which is Hebrew for “Jesus.”

Personal Confessions from the Psalms
Personal Confessions from the Psalms
Prayers and Affirmations for a Life of Faith, Happiness and Awe in God
by Jeff Doles

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