Text: “Let them (oppressors) be confounded and put to shame that seek after my soul: let them be turned back and brought to confusion that devise my hurt.”
Good morning, powerfully equipped Christian! When we study God’s Holy Word to us, ‘His people’, we find that we are a powerfully equipped people indeed. We are given Spiritual weapons by the Lord God to wage war and to defend our soul’s territory from the most powerful adversaries of the world, the flesh, and the Devil. One of our most powerful Spiritual weapons is the power of fervent prayer.
Here in Psalm 35, the Psalmist David is pleading with the Lord to CONFOUND his enemies that are oppressing him without proper or just cause. Let us look briefly at the concept of confounding, and in particular, at the Lord God’s power to confound the enemies of ‘His people’.
Dictionary Definition: Confound – (verb transitive) to overthrow, to defeat; to confuse, to throw into disorder; to defeat in argument; to perplex; to astonish; (to damn, blast, and curse to shame…) (The Chambers Dictionary, page 345)
If worldlings, ungodly Governments, and anti-Christian detractors seek to persecute, slander, and oppress Blood-bought Christians; they should not be surprised when they are cursed by the Lord God Who suffered and died on a Cross for those whom they persecute. Take heed, persecutor of true Christians! God is watching you!
“Be not deceived; God is not mocked; for whatsoever a man/woman soweth (continues to do), that shall he/she also reap (get back in).” (Galatians 6:7)
“See that ye refuse not Him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused Him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from Him that speaketh from Heaven.” (Hebrews 12:25)
The Lord God is NOT some old man with white hair and a long beard, as unbelieving fools seem to think. Our God really is, ‘…a consuming fire.’!
“It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the Living God.” (Hebrews 10:31)
The Lord God gives ‘His people’ sure and powerful promises as they continue on believing/trusting in His Spirit-inspired Word. We are called to use such powers.
“Fear thou not; for I am with thee; be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I WILL strengthen thee, yea, I WILL help thee, yea, I WILL uphold thee with the right hand of My righteousness…For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not, I WILL help thee.” (Isaiah 41:10;13)
Look again, now, what the Psalmist is pleading before God’s throne of Grace in his prayer. He is praying for God to confound those that seek to hurt him and oppress his soul – that is, temporal and Spiritual enemies included! He is, primarily, saying, ‘Lord, I am not able to bear the attacks of these enemies; please deal with them at the same level of hurt which they themselves are dealing with me.’
This is a powerful prayer for the total ‘confounding’ of those who are seeking David’s downfall: a prayer to overthrow, defeat; confuse, throw into disorder; defeat in argument; perplex; astonish; (damn, blast, and curse to shame…) all those that are causing him such oppression without just cause!’ All this is being prayed under instruction from God’s own Word! What a Spiritual weapon! It is time to break it out again and use it!
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armour of God that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the Devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities (Spiritual and temporal), against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against Spiritual wickedness in high places.” (Ephesians 6:10-12)
The powerful pleas contained in Psalm 35 are an integral part of ‘the whole armour of God’ detailed in the book of Ephesians, chapter 6, especially taking note of verse 18, which clearly states: “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints (all born again believers).” (Ephesians 6:18)
However, many professing Christ today would be most reluctant to pray such imprecatory prayers – it seems that THEY have become more ‘spiritual’ than the Psalmist David! If God’s Word makes sense – don’t try to make it nonsense! If king David, a man after God’s own heart, the anointed king of Israel, sees fit to pray such powerful imprecatory prayers (prayers containing God’s curse upon enemies), then surely we latter day Bible-believers should do so also? It is time to take off the velvet gloves. I am convinced that we are in the very ‘last days’ in this 21st Century.
“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come…” Read 2 Timothy 3:1-17 and understand the seriousness of this subject, brethren.
Verse 4. “Let them be…brought to confusion that devise my hurt. This is a sincere prayer, prayed from a clear conscience that loves and seeks to serve the Lord God Jehovah – Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Christ did teach us to pray for our enemies, and those that ‘despitefully use us…’. However, such prayers are not always for our enemy’s conversion, or for their well-being! No. Those that blatantly and maliciously set out to persecute, slander, prevent and hinder true Bible-believing Christians as we go about our God-ordained ministries in the Gospel of Jesus Christ need to beware! If such detractors seek to persecute and oppose us ‘…without cause… (verse 7); then they are fair game in the prayer life of Christian believers who may legitimately call down God’s wrath upon them. Serious persecution requires God’s sternest rebuke.
Thought: Satan trembles when he sees, the weakest saints upon our knees!