Psalm 35: "David Seeks Vindication"
This paslm is an example of what is often referred to as an imprecatory psalm, as it is a prayer of sorts for the destruction of the enemies of His people. In this case, of course David is praying for vindication for himself, and of Israel. There is no specific occasion to this psalm, but many attribute it to 1 Samuel 24, which may mean that this psalm is closely related to the previous psalm, which was also written surrounding the events of David fleeing Saul. If this is the case, it does explain David's personal approach to this psalm. David's motive, however, is seen in verse 9, where he says that his "soul will rejoice in the Lord, exulting in his salvation” and maybe more notably in verse 28, where he will tell of God’s righteousness. We should not pray for the destruction of our enemies, instead we should pray for their salvation, mourning over their dark hearts. Remember, David is speaking of his enemies as though they are God's enemies as well. He says this because he understood that he was called by God, and chosen by Him. When we become followers of Jesus, we are then adopted as His children (see Romans 8:15, 23; 9:4; Galatians 4:5, and Ephesians 1:5), so anyone who has not been adopted are by default enemies of God. There is only one way for that to change, and that is through Jesus Christ, His Son. Have you been designated as an adopted child of God?