In addition to Frienduff, thanks to Letters, Candance, Watchful, Cletus, Giller and anyone who has posted in this thread thus far, not only about forgiveness, but about how to look at the Psalms. I am planning to spend more time in Psalms, so this conversation has been very instructive.
Thank you as well Butero and everyone who posted....I also found this discussion enlightening....praise the Lord.
There are a few other things to observe about Psalm 35.
First, the attack is an effort to destroy his soul:
Let them be confounded and put to shame that seek after my soul... (v. 4)
For without cause have they hid for me their net in a pit, which without cause they have digged for my soul... (v. 7)
Lord, how long wilt thou look on? rescue my soul from their destructions... (v. 17)
I believe God is more patient to convict/chastise us when we’re doing simple foolishness. Not that it isn’t wrong, but it can easily be repented of. Woe is us when we attack a soul.
Scripture tells us humans are limited in our ability to harm a soul, but we are capable of undermining a soul:
Forasmuch as we have heard, that certain which went out from us have troubled you with words, subverting your souls... — Acts 15:24
Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls... — 2 Peter 2:14
For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds — 2 Peter 2:8
It’s all fun and games until we subvert a soul. How many of us realize we could be responsible for digging a snare for a soul?
What’s worse is when we think we’re actually justified due to an imagined offense or manufactured controversy:
False witnesses did rise up; they laid to my charge things that I knew not. — Psalm 35:11
Yea, they opened their mouth wide against me, and said, Aha, aha, our eye hath seen it. — Psalms 35:21
People can’t be reasoned with when they have an offense to cling to. Then their attacks are portrayed as justified. The dialog can’t even begin until one side apologizes for a nonexistent (or exaggerated) transgression. This is a control tactic.
David was up against an elaborate scheme from enemies who were two steps ahead of him. Create a phony charge, put him on defense, laugh and gossip about him at cocktail parties with important people, turn society against him, “swallow up” his hopes and dreams, and try to provoke him into a mistake.
Wait a second, have we seen this happen in our modern society? Oh yes — Duke lacrosse, Convington High School, need I go on? Our modern culture uses these little proxy villains to destroy each other through association. But that’s another story for another thread.
Verse 10 tells us victims of such schemes are up against an enemy too strong for them. If not for the Lord’s intervention, all would be lost. God must intervene because human efforts cannot prevail.
We need discernment to know which transgressions/offenses we can handle ourselves through human dialog. No need to call for God’s wrath on a person who would probably apologize when confronted. When we’re up against a scheme that’s bigger than we are, it’s time to petition God.
But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain.
Tabitha3319: Thanks frienduff! You were missed!
Sept 24, 2021 8:10:41 GMT -5
frienduff: Let all praise and rejoice in the LORD . March onwards in the Lord my friends .
Sept 24, 2021 12:01:08 GMT -5
ohhello: The glorious biblical Lord Jesus and let’s stay in the KJV bibles.
Sept 24, 2021 12:09:00 GMT -5
ohhello: You have all been prayed for. Praise the Lord.
Sept 24, 2021 13:54:11 GMT -5
Tabitha3319: Thank you so much, ohello!
Sept 24, 2021 17:58:11 GMT -5
frienduff: Good night my brothers and sisters . Let us continue onward in the glorious Lord .
Sept 24, 2021 20:26:33 GMT -5
Tabitha3319: Thank you Jesus for loving me and giving me Your peace!
Sept 25, 2021 8:33:55 GMT -5
ohhello: Brother Frienduff and sister Tabitha has been here. Let the glorious Lord Jesus be praised. You have all been prayed for again today.
Sept 25, 2021 10:45:46 GMT -5
John: Thought it has been a difficult week, I want to thank the Lord for all of His blessings. No matter what is taking place, our God is faithful, always looking after His children. \ / Praise, honor and glory to the Lord Jesus Christ.
Sept 25, 2021 14:24:16 GMT -5
ohhello: Sing it out brother John. Yes, our Lord is glorious. Praise the Lord. You have all been prayed for.
Sept 26, 2021 14:33:18 GMT -5
John: Hello to Giller. Hello Les. Hello Ohhello, and thank you for your prayers. They are always appreciated. Yes, the Lord is good, all the time.
Sept 26, 2021 18:56:37 GMT -5
John: I want to thank the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, for his friendship, for his mercy and grace, and for all the things he does for us, day in and day out. He is always better to us than we are to Him.
Sept 26, 2021 18:57:54 GMT -5
John: Thanks be to the Heavenly Father. Blessings, honor and glory to the Christ, the Son of the Living God, the Lord Jesus Christ. Praises to the Holy Spirit, our divine teacher and guide into all truth, and our great comforter. Hallelujah to our God!
Sept 26, 2021 18:59:04 GMT -5
frienduff: John was here . Rejoice in the LORD my friends . I see les and giller were here too . So was sister . Let the glorious Lord be praised my friends .
Sept 26, 2021 20:54:03 GMT -5
ohhello: Wonderful prayers brother John. You have all been prayed for again today. Brother Frienduff has also been in. Onwards each day in the biblical Lord Jesus and keep on in those KJV Bibles.
Sept 27, 2021 11:38:01 GMT -5
frienduff: Hello my friends . Sister is here . You are spotted sister . Let us thank our Lord and rejoice in Him .
Sept 28, 2021 10:49:16 GMT -5
ohhello: The glorious Lord be thanked and praised. Everyone continues to be prayed for everyday.
Sept 28, 2021 14:22:44 GMT -5