Psalm 35

The Cry for Vindication: Reflecting Christ's Perseverance and Faith


Section 1: Seeking God's Vindication (1-10)

"1 Contend, LORD, with those who contend with me; fight against those who fight against me...9 Then my soul will rejoice in the LORD and delight in his salvation."

Talking Points:

Cross Reference: Romans 12:19, "Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: 'It is mine to avenge; I will repay,' says the Lord."


Section 2: False Witnesses and Repayment (11-18)

"11 Ruthless witnesses come forward; they question me on things I know nothing about...16 Among those who are at peace with me they mock me with words I do not answer them."

Talking Points:

Cross Reference: 1 Peter 2:23, "When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly."


Section 3: Rejoicing in God's Righteousness (27-28)

"27 May those who delight in my vindication shout for joy and gladness; may they always say, 'The LORD be exalted, who delights in the well-being of his servant.' 28 My tongue will proclaim your righteousness, your praises all day long."

Talking Points:

Cross Reference: John 16:33, "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."



Psalm 35, interpreted through the lens of the New Covenant in Christ, unveils the plea for deliverance and justice, ultimately fulfilled in Jesus.

David's plea for God to contend with his adversaries and fight on his behalf anticipates Christ's victory over the powers of darkness on the cross (Colossians 2:15).

The psalmist's prayer for vindication resonates with Christ's role as our righteous advocate before the Father (1 John 2:1).

David's desire for shame and dishonor to be turned back onto his enemies prefigures the ultimate defeat of evil through Christ's triumph and the judgment that will befall the wicked (Revelation 19:11-21).

The psalmist's commitment to praise and exalt God's righteousness foreshadows the response of believers in recognizing Jesus as the embodiment of God's righteousness (2 Corinthians 5:21).

The psalmist's hope for the righteous to rejoice and find refuge in God finds its ultimate fulfillment in the eternal security and joy experienced by those who are in Christ (Romans 8:38-39).

Psalm 35 reflects the cry for justice, deliverance, and vindication that finds its ultimate answer in Jesus Christ, our righteous Savior and Judge.