David knew the heartache of personal attack, abuse and lies. What do you do when people repay you evil for good? Read again the first verses.
There is a cycle in Psalm 35 that we can chew over.
David acknowledges the Lord, brings his antagonists to the Lord, asks the Lord to rebuke them, and then states his willingness to praise the Lord.
As God’s people, we do have enemies. They are primarily enemies of God, as we once were, but they are also in the immediate out to get us.
V7, “For without cause they hid their net for me; without cause they dug a pit for my life.”
We will suffer for being a Jesus follower. The new testament is littered with the clear truth of this.
Jesus says in Matthew 10, v22, “… And you will be hated by all for my name’s sake.”
David is feeling and experiencing this reality greatly in these psalms.
And his willingness to praise the Lord after rescue and the destruction of his enemies by the Lord is not a “I’ll only do this if you do that” – David is simply expressing the right reaction to being saved by God.
“Then my soul will rejoice in the LORD, exulting in his salvation.”
“I will thank you in the great congregation; in the mighty throng I will praise you.”
“Then my tongue shall tell of your righteousness and of your praise all the day long.”
The LORD has saved us! Let us tell of His righteousness all the day long!