Seeing Jesus in Psalm 35 - Contend!

Seeing Jesus in Psalm 35 – Contend!


Psalm 35:1 – “Contend, O Lord, with those who contend with me; fight against those who fight against me!”


Have you ever been bullied?  Have you ever felt like the weight of the world was crushing you?  Have you ever felt absolutely hopeless?  Maybe that conveys a little bit of what David is feeling in Psalm 35, as he cries out “O God contend for me, fight me……”  It is a desperate cry for help in a very desperate situation.  We don’t know exactly what David is going through here, but we can identify with his pain.  We know what it’s like to hurt, we know what it’s like to feel the weight of the world crushing us, we know what it’s like to feel hopeless.  We understand David’s cry for help because we have lived it.


Jesus lived it as well didn’t He?  On the cross of Calvary, He was tortured, He was bullied, He was left in seemingly hopeless circumstances.  Certainly He felt like He was being crushed because He was, crushed by the weight of our sins.  For on the cross Jesus took on the sins of the world, and those sins weighed Him down, those sins crushed Him.  His prayer in those moments could have been the prayer of David in Psalm 35:1.  He certainly could have cried out for God to contend for Him and for God to fight for Him.  That is exactly what happened, God did step in, not while Jesus was on the cross, but after He was crucified, dead, and buried.  God stepped in and contended for Jesus, He stepped in and fought for Him raising Him up from the dead, triumphant over sin, over death, and over hell. 


Jesus still lives the words of Psalm 35:1, except for now after having God the Father contend for Him, He is now contending for us.  He contends for us as we go throughout life.  In fact right now the Bible says “He is at the right hand of the Father interceding for us.”  Think about that, Jesus is right now contending for us.  The great Scottish Presbyterian pastor Robert Murray M’Cheyne put it this way, “if I knew Jesus was in the next room praying for me, I would fear nothing, and yet He is praying for me, so why should I fear anything.”  Jesus is interceding and contending for us even right now.


Jesus has also fought for us hasn’t He?  On the cross He fought the enemy of our souls, the devil, and even though He seemed to have lost.  He emerged from the tomb victorious.  He not only fought the devil, He fought sin.   Paul says that on the cross Jesus “became our sin” (2 Corinthians 5:21), and that sin killed Him for “the wages of sin are death”.  Yet He arose triumphant over sin didn’t He.  He became sin, He died, but He didn’t stay dead.  Up from the grave He arose, triumphant over the devil and triumphant over sin.  Jesus fought for us and won. 


He fought for us against death too.  Again He died, but 3 days later He arose.  Triumphant and victorious even over death.  Triumphant and victorious over hell as well.  Jesus contends for us and Jesus fought for us and Jesus was victorious and because of that we will be as well.


He fought the devil, the great enemy of our souls, and He won.  He fought sin, that which plagues us, that which kills and destroys, and won.  He fought death, the thing that we fear more than anything else, and won.  He fought hell , the worst place in the world, and won.  He fought all of our enemies.  He contended with them and He emerged victorious.  On the cross He died, but He didn’t stay dead, He triumphant over all of those things when God raised Him from the dead, and now He lives and intercedes for us.  David cried out “contend for me, fight for me” and Jesus does just that for us as His children each and every day.  To God be the glory!

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