Friday Devotional - Claiming and Praying Scripture
So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
— 1 Corinthians 10:31
We’ve been slowly walking through the Book of Psalms, and this week we’re looking at Psalm 35. The Psalms do such a great job of talking about the topics and emotions we most often deal with in life. This is wisdom we can soak in, use, and grab hold of daily.
What stood out to me in the passage is all the “Let’ s” regarding those who may be against us in some way. You could call them enemies, old friends, family members, they can come from anywhere. Today’s passage is an appeal to the heavenly King to come to the defense of his servant (King David) from being slandered. Have you ever had someone slander you? Someone who talked against you or tried to murder your good name?
Psalm 35:1-3 paraphrased says, ‘Plead my cause, O Lord, with those who are with me. Fight for me, take up your weapons, draw out your shield and spear, stand as my deliverer.’
Psalm 35 shows us how to pray when someone is talking against us and situations like it. When someone is saying something false about us. Here are some things from this passage David prayed:
- Let their words be dishonored or discredited (Vs 4, 26)
- Let their words put them to shame (Vs 4, 26)
- Let their words be defeated (Vs 4)
- Let them be confused anytime they bring it up (Vs 4, 26)
- Let their words be carried away like chaff in the wind (Vs 5)
- Let their words be chased away by an angel (Vs 5)
- Let their way be dark and slippery when they try to talk about it (Vs 6)
- Let them be the ones persecuted if someone is going to be persecuted (Vs 6)
- Let their words about it be destroyed (Vs 8)
- Let them be caught in their own net (Vs 8)
May we all claim and pray Scripture in all situations.
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