The heading over this chapter is “Petition for God’s Intervention.” This seems to me a polite way to title a chapter that begins with the word “Contend.” Contend to me would be a word you would use to indicate the possibility of a fight ahead. And here I am cheating a little because I know that is exactly what David is alluding to in this chapter. He is asking that God fight against those that fight against him. He asks God to take hold of His buckler and shield and rise up to help him. He asks Him to draw His spear and battle-axe to meet those that pursue him and say to his soul “I am your salvation.” David has reached the end of himself. He is beset on every front. He has run out of rope. He is afraid for his very life and has nowhere else to turn for help.
David‘s petition is that he has been pursued without cause. They have hidden their nets to ensnare him without cause. They have dug pits to capture his soul without cause. His plea is that destruction come upon his pursuers, that the net they set catches themselves and that they fall into the pit they dug and suffer the very destruction they intended for him. Then David writes, “And my soul shall rejoice in the Lord; It shall exult in His salvation. And my bones will say, “Lord, who is like Thee, Who delivers the afflicted from him who is too strong for him, And the afflicted and the needy from him who robs him?”
Then, in verses 11-15 David states that in spite of his being a good guy, commiserating with them when they were sick, praying for them, mourning with them, humbly fasting, and treating them like friends and brothers, when he stumbled, they rejoiced and came after him.
Now, how do I close this blog? I suppose I could say it would be great if we could all call on God to destroy those who pursue us. Then again, I am not sure I would want that much responsibility. So, let me say that we have a God who intercedes on our behalf and I for one am very glad for that. We make our petitions known to Him and He decides how it will be handled. I am so thankful that He does the heavy thinking. It keeps me from getting a headache!