Psalm 35:22-24   O LORD, you have seen this; be not silent.  Do not be far from me, O Lord.  Awake, and rise to my defence!  Contend for me, my God and Lord.  Vindicate me in your righteousness, O LORD my God; do not let them gloat over me.

King David was Israel’s spiritual leader as well as the God-Anointed King of their nation.  The LORD God had promised him that he was the foreshadowing of a future King whose Kingdom would endure forever: “Your house and your kingdom shall endure for ever before me; your throne shall be established for ever” (2 Samuel 7:16) – with the implication that it would embrace the whole world.

We can therefore feel for this humble servant of the LORD as he struggles with an actual situation that seems to call this promise into question.

Our situation today, as we wait patiently for the Return of the death-conquering, Risen Lord Jesus Christ, at whose name “every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that [HE] is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:10-11), is very similar to what David’s was 3,000 years ago!  But we have a very big advantage over David, because we can look back over those three intervening millennia and see how our Sovereign God has worked out his Eternal Plan of Salvation in human history, exactly as he had promised – in every detail, and in his perfect timing.

So, let us, with David, cry out in urgent and persistent prayer to our God for our world that is so bent on opposing him and his rightful rule (cf Psalm 2), but let us do so trusting him and knowing that he will be faithful to all his promises.  And let us keep in mind the words of the Apostle Peter – “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.  But the day of the Lord will come like a thief.  The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare.  Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be?  You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming.  That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat.  But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness.  So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him.  Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also wrote to you with the wisdom that God gave him.” (2 Peter 3:9-15).  Let us not only pray, but take every opportunity, through the witness of our lives as well as our words, to warn people of the coming wrath and point them to Jesus as Saviour.
– Bruce Christian