Psalm 35—Deliver Us From Evil

(28 verses, 2:30 to read)


What I am about to READ

  • A psalm of David, he prays for God to contend and fight against those who contend and fight against David. The Christian prays similarly when he prays in the Lord’s Prayer, “deliver us from evil.”


  • vv. 1-3, David prays for God to contend and fight against his enemies.
  • vv. 4-8, David asks for the evil to be confounded.
  • vv. 9-10, rejoicing in the Lord.
  • vv. 11-26, David compares the life of the faithful (his own) with that of the unfaithful (his enemies), asking how long God will look on, imploring Him to visibly act.
  • vv. 27-28, David concludes with joy and gladness, confessing the greatness of the Lord and telling of His righteousness.


  • Note verse 3 where David tells God to tell David’s soul, “I am your salvation.” What confidence, comfort, and faith do we have in our Lord Christ who says to us exactly that!
  • Note verse 8 where David asks for the net hidden for his own capture to ensnare the one who set it. This verse calls to mind the first Gospel promise, Genesis 3:15, and the singular event of the crushing of the serpent’s head and of the woman’s offspring’s heel. This is complete in Jesus. The snare was set for him. He was killed. But in that snare, the devil and all the world is overcome by Jesus, our Lord and Christ. The net cast for Jesus, then, ensnares the devil.
  • It is not accidental that, so often, the Psalms (and every other word of Scripture) mirror or describe or compare directly to Jesus. “For all the promises of God find their Yes in [Jesus Christ]. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory” (2 Cor. 1:20).


  • Gracious Father, You know the net the devil has put in our path, ensnare him with it, that we be found in Christ whose death swallowed Death, that we would live forever. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

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-Pastor Tyler Holt


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