Psalm 31-35 (The Daily Walk Bible).
Here we find David asking God for mercy, confessing his own sin, and asking God to take on his enemies. Some of David’s requests may seem a little brutal to us today: “Declare war on those who are attacking me” (Psalm 35:1). But we have an insight into David’s heart that may help us to better understand his requests. He cares, it’s just that he’s reached the end of his rope because of their animosity, and he is asking God to take care of it for him.
Psalm 35:13-14 “They repay me with evil for the good I do. I am sick with despair. Yet when they were ill, I grieved for them. I even fasted and prayed for them, but my prayers returned unanswered. I was sad, as though they were my friends or family, as if I were grieving for my own mother.”
The hard truth is that we aren’t always going to get along with everyone Some people will dislike us, some will shun us, and some may hate us. Some may not want our overtures of friendship and reconciliation. What do we do? We ask God to deal with it. We may not pray quite as brutally as David did from time to time, but he was literally dealing with life or death situations! But we should ask God for protection, deliverance, and vindication when facing those who are unjustly persecuting us. Now, if they have a reason for their feelings, then we need to go back to confession and pleas for mercy!
I do love Psalm 34:8 — “Taste and see that the Lord is good. Oh the joys of those who trust in him!”