Today David teaches 3 truths concerning the Lord and his enemies:
1) The Lord fights our battles. David says, “Plead my cause, O Lord, with those who strive with me; Fight against those who fight against me. Take hold of shield and buckler, And stand up for my help. Also draw out the spear, And stop those who pursue me”. Later in the Story Paul will say in Ephesians 6:10-18, “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle with flesh and blood, but against…the spiritual forces of evil…” Paul goes on to explain how to put on the armor of God which is truth, righteousness, gospel of peace, faith, Word of God, and prayer. Paul understands that there is a real enemy at work against us in the spiritual realm and that we need the strength of the Lord to stand against the enemy. Since the warfare is a spiritual one, prayer is our strong weapon. David was obviously a man of prayer. Over and over again David cried out to the Lord to deliver him. Over and over again the Lord acted on his behalf AND all the glory went to God. “Let the Lord be magnified, Who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.”
2) The wicked always try to destroy the righteous. We saw this first displayed in the beginning of the Story when Cain killed his righteous brother Abel. The pattern continues throughout the entire Story all the way to Jesus and until His final return. David is fully aware of how the wicked love to see a righteous man fall so he prays to the Lord, “Let them be ashamed and brought to mutual confusion who rejoice at my hurt; Let them be clothed with shame and dishonor who exalt themselves against me”. “The wicked watches the righteous, and seeks to slay him. The Lord will not leave him in his hand, nor condemn him when he is judged.”
3) One day the Lord will cut off wickedness for good and the righteous will have eternal peace. “Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass. Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; Do not fret- it only causes harm. For evildoers shall be cut off: But those who wait on the Lord, They shall inherit the earth…And delight themselves in the abundance of peace.” Keep reading.