A Call for God’s Justice
Blog Introduction: Chapter 35 of the Book of Psalms is a cry for justice. Written by David, it implores God to act against those who wronged him. It is a plea for divine justice and an assurance that the Lord will come to the aid of those who are falsely accused. In this blog post, we will explore the themes and language used in this psalm, and how its words can provide comfort in times of distress.
Theme of Vengeance & Justice
Chapter 35 begins with a call for vengeance against those who have wronged David. He pleads with the Lord to “contend with them” (35:1), “fight against them” (35:3), and “rise up and judge” (35:23). This theme of justice is strong throughout the psalm as David pleads with God to intervene on his behalf. He asks that those who have done him wrong be put to shame (35:4) and silenced (35:15). These lines convey a sense of righteous indignation; David knows that he has been wronged, yet he also knows that only God can make things right.
The Language Used
The language used in this chapter is vivid and evocative. This is especially true in verses 8-10, which use imagery of arrows to describe how David has been attacked by his enemies. Here he compares himself to a bird trying to escape from hunters, desperately flying away from their onslaught while still being hit by one arrow after another. The imagery here conveys both David’s desperation and his innocence; even as he is being attacked unjustly, he remains untainted by sin or wrongdoing.
Additionally, this chapter contains several instances of repetition which help reinforce its message. Verse 16 repeats three times an imperative statement asking God to “arise” – this repetition serves to emphasize the urgency with which David desires divine intervention on his behalf. Similarly, verses 21-22 repeat the phrase “they are without excuse… they do not speak” twice each – these statements serve as a reminder that while David may be falsely accused, his accusers can offer no valid defense for their actions and so must remain silent before God’s judgment comes down upon them.
In conclusion, chapter 35 of Psalms serves as an example of what it looks like when one calls out for justice from the Lord. Its vivid language helps readers understand just how wronged David feels, while also emphasizing his innocence in all matters related to sin or wrongdoing. As believers today look back on this psalm centuries later, they can take comfort in its words knowing that God does indeed hear their pleas for justice—and that He will eventually come through on their behalf when He deems it appropriate according too His perfect plan!