Talks for Growing Christians
David Prays for Deliverance and Personal Vindication
Lesson Number 26
- Prayer for vindication is based on righteous living and not on personal revenge.
- Prayer for vindication is based on divine justice and not on personal triumph.
- Let the Lord be magnified when we’re vindicated.
- What was the occasion of the writing of this psalm?
- What is an imprecatory psalm? Was it wrong for David to write this?
- On what basis was David requesting vindication?
- What is the prophetic application of Psalm 35?
- Most likely it was when David was escaping from King Saul who was wrongly chasing David in an attempt to kill him.
- To imprecate means to curse. David was not praying for personal revenge, but rather calling for God’s judgment on the wicked so that God’s standards and divine justice will be maintained.
- It was based on David’s own personal integrity and righteous living. David knew that he was in the right, while Saul was in the wrong.
- This imprecatory psalm will certainly apply to the persecuted godly remnant of the future Tribulation Period. They will cry out for vindication based on divine justice, and God will answer.
- Recall a time when you have really wanted personal revenge. Did you take matters into your own hands, or did you let God bring the vindication? What was the outcome either way?
- When the Lord vindicates you, will you give Him the praise? Take this opportunity to magnify the Lord, rather than gloating in yourself.
- "Plead my cause, O LORD, with those who strive with me; fight against those who fight against me." Psalm 35:1
- "Vindicate me, O LORD my God, according to Your righteousness; and let them not rejoice over me." Psalm 35:24