I will give You thanks in the great assembly; I will praise You among many people. Psalm 35:18
Psalm 35 was written during a difficult time in David’s life. It speaks about an enemy who desires to kill him. However, this wasn’t an ordinary enemy. This enemy was close to David and was able to hit him harder than any of the other enemies he’d faced before.
Why do I say that? Well, looking at the life of David, he was normally quick about confronting an enemy. For example, Goliath was a problem for David for less than a day (1 Samuel 17). Nabal scoffed at David and as soon as David heard the news of how Nabal disrespected him, he immediately jumped into action. I believe Nabal would have fallen to the sword of David that day if it were not for God moving through Abagail (1 Samuel 25). This happened to almost all of David’s enemies, with the exception of King Saul and David’s own son Absalom.
Unlike his other enemies, these two were able to cause David serious amounts of pain on all levels; mentally, emotionally, physically, and even spiritually, to the point where he cried out to God for help. They wanted to see him dead (v.4); they mocked him and plotted evil against him (V. 12, 15-16); they lied on him and desired to discredit him (V. 20-21).
This attack came out of nowhere. Nothing David did can be attributed to the reason for the attack (V. 7, 12-14, 19). David finds himself looking over his shoulders constantly trying to protect himself, but this enemy is slowly breaking David down and he needed help that only God could give.
Sometimes we find ourselves in this type of situation where we are attacked on all levels, and sometimes, like David, we don’t know why. No matter what we do, no matter how hard we try, the attack just doesn’t seem to stop. Just like David, we find ourselves broken mentally, emotionally, physically, and even spiritually. But it’s in these situations when we should do as David did and cry out to God, for He is the only one who can help.
For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5b
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God” Psalm 46:10a
It is so important that we trust and rest completely in God and believe that He truly cares about us even during our most dire situations. David could rest in the knowledge that God would deliver him from his enemies, He would fight his battles, He would give him victory. We can trust these promises too! God loves us and protects us.
Where David praised is also important here. In public, he praised God. In front of haters, naysayers, enemies, and even friends. He put the attention on God and not on his problems. His praise became a testimony of the awesomeness of God! Hallelujah!
We, like David, may find ourselves facing a vicious enemy, a dire situation, or a problem that seems insurmountable. That is when we should turn our attention from our pain to God’s praise while repeating the words David said, “I WILL give You thanks in the great assembly! I WILL praise You among many people. Psalm 35:18