7. God's Sovereign Will Revealed! Psalm 35:26-28

Text: “…Let the Lord be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.  And my tongue shall speak of Thy righteousness and of Thy praise all the day long.”
                                                                                                             Psalm 35:27-28.

Good morning, Sovereignly preserved Christian!  God is Supreme, God is Sovereign, God is in absolute and total control of all things that He has Created – and our Bibles teach us that He has Created all things.  Glory and praise to our Sovereign Lord God!

Genesis 1:  In the beginning God.  There was nothing before the Lord God decided, in His own Sovereign will, to Create a world, a creature who would worship Him, and an order which He alone would sustain.  All exists because God exists, and without Him we are less than nothing.  This is the only healthy attitude to maintain before such a Holy and Almighty Person such as God.  When we take this attitude, the Lord God blesses us with the reality of His Presence and blesses all those that bless us, and curses all those who would dare to curse us.  This is the Gospel truth!  Hallelujah!

“In the beginning God created the Heaven and the earth.”  (Genesis 1:1)

“So God said, Let us (Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, Triune God) make man in our image (a tripartite being, body, soul, and spirit), after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.  So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him: male and female created He them.”  (Genesis 1:26-27)

Genesis 12: God Chose and Blessed a people.  God chose (elected) and blessed a people with His special favour, a people that would be used to reveal His will to, by this time, Fallen mankind; a people through whom He would bring forth a Redeemer for His chosen people - Christ Jesus, Who would pay the huge penalty for Adam’s sin, his failure in Eden’s Garden where the Lord God had placed him. 

All whom God chose in Eternity (God’s elect) would be Spiritually and temporally blessed by Christ and His Victory that would come at Calvary’s Cross, when the Christ of God would take the sins of the Father’s elect upon Himself and suffer the punishment we deserved; and bear all our sins away.  The Christ of God would be our scape-goat; suffer and die as our Substitute; and with His sinless and precious Blood, redeem us from all our sins.  Wow!  What a Saviour Lord God we love and serve!  Praise the very Name of Jesus!  There is Eternal Salvation in no other!  (Acts 4:12)

“Now the Lord had said unto Abram (later Abraham), Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will show thee: and I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing; and I will bless them that bless thee, and curse them that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.”  (Genesis 12:1-3)

Psalm 35: 26-27.   Because of the truth of what I have just written above, the Psalmist David was inspired of God to pen verses 26 & 27 of Psalm 35.  These verses again reveal the Sovereign will of Almighty Lord God Jehovah.

“Let them be ashamed and brought to confusion together that rejoice at mine hurt: let them be clothed with shame and dishonour that magnify themselves against me.” (Psalm 35:26)

This is how the Lord God inspires us to pray against our enemies who refuse His law and His grace – the reprobate, those who are not ‘elect of God’, those who are in fact, Spiritually rejected by Him, and thus Eternal enemies of those whom are ‘the elect’.

“Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, Let the Lord be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.” (Psalm 35:27)

This is the inspired prayer we, ‘the elect of God’ must pray for those who are a blessing unto us and favour our righteous cause – i.e. to be born again of God and to serve the risen Christ in obedience to His revealed will, in His inspired Word.  This is a fulfillment of the Sovereign will of God to bless those who bless us, ‘His people’, and to curse all who curse us and hinder our righteous cause to serve Christ Jesus.  Amen.

Judgement Day Approaches:  The ultimate fulfillment of this great prophetic truth and the order that the Lord God has ordained in His message to Abraham, is hurtling towards its God-designated time. 

This same Eternal message is fast reaching the ultimate conclusion: those that have blessed God’s people shall be separated unto the right hand of the Returned Christ Jesus as ‘the sheep of His pasture’, ‘His people’, and Eternally blessed with Heaven. 

On the other hand, those that have cursed God’s elect people, will be separated unto Christ’s left hand and will hear the terrible words of Christ: “Depart from Me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the Devil and his angels: for I was an hungered, and ye gave Me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took Me not in: naked, and ye clothed Me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited Me not.  Then shall they say, Lord, when saw we Thee an hungered, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto You?  Then shall He answer them, saying, Verily (truly) I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these (His people, ‘the elect’), ye did it not unto Me.  And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life Eternal.”  (Matthew 25:41-46)

Thought:  What, therefore, should ‘the elect of God’ cry out continually?  Verse 28 of Psalm 35 proclaims the answer: “And my tongue shall speak of Thy righteousness and of Thy praise all the day long.”  Hallelujah!  Praise God for His grace to us!  Amen, praise ye the Lord!  Amen.

6. Our Plea for Protection! Psalm 35:22-25

Text:  “Stir up Thyself, and awake to my judgment, even unto my cause, my God and my Lord.  Judge me, O Lord my God, according to Thy righteousness; and let them not rejoice over me.”
                                                                                                                Psalm 35:23-24.

Good morning, protected Christian!  The Lord God Who has sent His only begotten Jesus to suffer so infinitely in your place and mine is not about to give up on us; leave us destitute; or without His Divine protection when enemies beset themselves against us.  No!  The Spirit of God within us guides us to cry out a plea for much needed Divine protection, which is always given.  Praise God for His protecting hand!

Our Plea:  “Be merciful unto me, O God: for man would swallow me up; he fighting daily oppresseth me.  Mine enemies would daily swallow me up: for they be many that fight against me, O Thou Most High.”  (Psalm 56:1-2)

Our Guidance:  “What time I am afraid, I will trust in Thee.  In God I will praise His Word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh (earthly enemies) can do unto me.”  (Psalm 56:3-4)   

Verse 23.  “Stir up Thyself, and awake to my judgement.  The Psalmist David, in his alarm at the opposition he is facing, seems to be speaking both to himself and to the Lord God.  He seems to be saying to himself, ‘Stir up thyself!  Call out immediately to the Lord God for His Divine help!’  At the same time he is asking the Lord to ‘Awake to my judgement.’, or in other words, ‘Lord, You have chosen me to be your servant and anointed me to be king of Israel – if You have thus saw fit to do so, and have already judged my sins, and declared me not guilty, then hear my plea and send me Your help in my time of need.’

“He that spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all (all God’s chosen people.), how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?”  (Romans 8:32)

Verse 23.  “My God and My Lord”  David, in the inspiration of God the Holy Ghost, is here setting forth a great mystery that would be repeated by the disciple Thomas when the Lord Jesus appeared to those gathered together in fear in the Upper Room.  Both David and Thomas are stating a profound theological fact concerning the dual nature of the incarnated Jesus Christ: Jesus was born at Bethlehem, but the Christ, the Word of God, has always been, always will be, and always is Eternal Son of the Living Lord God.  He is in fact, ‘the God-man', Jesus Christ; my Lord and my God.

“Then said He (Christ Jesus) to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.  And Thomas answered and said unto Him, My Lord and my God.  Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen Me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.”                    (John 20:26-29)   

Verse 24.  “Judge me, O lord my God, according to Thy righteousness; and let them (his enemies) not rejoice over me.”  If believers are imputed the very righteousness of Christ by faith, then when the Lord God ‘judges’ us, He must judge us ‘…according to Thy righteousness…’, NOT GUILTY!

In other words, the Psalmist is here claiming, by faith and belief, the fact that God has chosen him to receive the righteousness of Christ Himself, and having such a gift of imputed (put to his account) righteousness, he cannot fail to come up to the standard God has ordained. This is pure Divine logic!

The enemies of Christ and of Christians will never understand this great fact: that the Lord God has chosen to make ‘His people’ righteous, in the very righteousness of Christ Jesus Himself, and all through the great Atonement Sacrifice of His dear Son, Jesus, at Calvary’s Cross.  Hallelujah!  What a Saviour!  We are justified in Christ!

“For He (God the Father) hath made Him (God the Son) to be sin for us, Who knew no sin; that we (God’s elect people) might be made the righteousness of God in Him.”    (2 Corinthians 5:21)

It is because of this imputed righteousness as a believer, that David can make this reasoned plea to the Lord God for His Divine help.  He is here saying, ‘Lord, you have made me righteous by granting me faith to believe and receive Your Salvation.  Therefore, judge the righteousness You have put to my account, and if it be genuine, please send me your help against my enemies, let them not rejoice in victory over me.’

“And the Blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the Blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.”  (Exodus 12:13)

“Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers: but with the precious (sinless) Blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.  Who verily (truly) was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you.”  (1 Peter 1:18-20)

Verse 25.  “Let them (God’s enemies) not say in their hearts, Ah, so would we have it.”  If God be Sovereign, and His will be done on earth, as it is in Heaven – then God’s enemies, and as such our enemies also, cannot cause their will to overcome us.  It is God’s will, revealed in His inspired Word, illuminated by His Holy Spirit, that was, is, and always shall be, done.  Glory to His Sovereign Name!  Hallelujah!

Thought:  In Christ’s Sovereign Victory – the Christian shall always prevail! All glory to the Lord God Jehovah: our Sovereign, our Saviour, and our Lord!

5.   A List of Causeless Persecutions!   Psalm 35:11-21

Text:  “Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.
2 Corinthians 2:11. 

Good morning, educated and aware Christian!  Having been blessed with a desire to obey the Lord your God, and to walk in continual obedience to His written revelations in Holy Scriptures – you and I are consistently found in the serious study of His Word.  His Word, in turn, instructs to ‘Study to show (ourselves) approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth.”  (2 Timothy 2:15)

Being in this obedient manner instructed/educated, you and I are made very aware of the devices which the Devil and his agents employ in their ruthless intent to mar the work that Christ has wrought in us.  He employs heinous tactics to torment us, and inspires the reprobate (rejected of God) all around us to try to break down our testimonies of imputed righteousness in Christ, and thus spoil our effectiveness to be witnesses for Him.

Is it not wonderful indeed to realize that our Lord God in His Word has shown us the means Satan will use to try to pull us down?  In this mid-section of  Psalm 35, we are given a list of causeless persecutions that will be employed by our enemies, and, educated to know our enemy’s devices – we are, therefore, more able to wage war with him and maintain a credible Christian witness and testimony of Christ’s saving grace.

False Witnesses: (vs11-15)  These false witnesses were not only ruthless but they were also secretive in the manner they employed their slander and ridicule of God’s servant, David.

It is often true that such false accusers are privately so ashamed of what they falsely accuse Christian neighbours, that they speak behind-backs, in secrecy, being, to some small degree, privately ashamed of speaking out in public.

Verse 11.  “False witnesses did rise up.  This is the old device of the ungodly, and we must not wonder if it be used against us as against our Master.  To please Saul, there were always men to be found mean enough to impeach David. 

“They laid to my charge things I knew not.  He had not even a thought of sedition; he was loyal even to excess; yet they accused him of conspiring against the Lord’s anointed.  He was not only innocent but ignorant of the fault alleged.  It is well when our hands are so clean that no trace of dirt is upon them.”  (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 171)

How often the world gladly receives help, comfort, and encouragements from Christians, then, when their master, Satan, stirs up their unregenerate souls to do so, repays us evil for our intended good!  Such betrayals hurt us as Christian believers – but one day soon those who wounded us in this manner will be faced with the guilt of their betrayals.  God is not mocked.

Verse 12.  “They rewarded me evil for good.   For the good David did in killing Goliath, and slaying his ten thousands of Philistines, and thereby saving his king and country, Saul and his courtiers envied him and sought to slay him; so our Lord Jesus Christ, for all the good he did to the Jews, by healing their bodies and diseases and preaching the Gospel to them for the benefit of their souls, was rewarded with reproaches and persecutions, and at last with the shameful death of the Cross; and in like manner are His people used, but this is an evil that shall not go unpunished. (See Proverbs 17:13).  (John Gill 1697-1771)

The strange thing about unsaved enemies is, that they often do not even know WHY they hate the Redeemed of Christ; they often do not even know that they are doing so!  Their master Satan says ‘Go and persecute, slander, falsely accuse!’, and off they go to do his bidding – they are like putty in the Evil One’s hands!

Verse 15.  “But in mine adversity they rejoiced.  In my halting, they were delighted.  My lameness was sport to them.  Danger was near, and they sang songs over my expected defeat.  How glad are the wicked to see a good man limp!”  (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 172)  

Verse 16.  “With hypocritical mockers…they gnashed upon me with their teeth.  Very forcibly might our Lord have used the words of these verses!  Let us not forget to see the Despised and Rejected of men here painted to the life.  Calvary and the ribald crew around the Cross seem brought before our eyes.”  (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 173)

Television programme writers today take a special perverted interest in writing anti-Christian material; soap operas that flaunt homosexual sin and seek to normalize it in the minds of viewers; the constant use of the very Name of the Holy Lord Jesus Christ as a foul expletive!  They disregard the 3rd Commandment to their Eternal peril!

“Some cannot be merry, but it must be with Scripture; if they want a little diversion, the saints must be the subject of their discourse!  They can vent their profane jests upon the Word of God; this is their pastime over their cups upon the ale-bench.  How ready they are with their contumelious reflections; they have learnt their father’s dialect, they are accusers of the brethren, their speech betrays them to be Hellians.”  (Oliver Heywood 1629-1702)  

Fault-Finding: V21: “Aha, aha, our eye hath seen it.  Glad to find out a fault or a misfortune or to swear they had seen evil where there was none.  Malice has but one eye; it is blind to all virtue in its enemy.”  C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 173)

Thought:  Satan’s devices are here listed – pray against them, Christian!