My tongue will proclaim your righteousness, your praises all day long. (Ps. 35:28)
Expanded Passage: Psalm 35:24–28
Recently I found myself on a flight that was headed towards a severe storm. In times past, the pilot would simply take us higher than the storm, but, for some reason, that was not the best option for our flight this time. We soon heard over the intercom that we were being redirected to another airport, and that we’d wait out the storm and then fly out to our intended destination. Yes, that time lost was inconvenient for some who had connections, but in the bigger scheme of things, what the airline was more concerned about was our safety.
Earlier in this psalm, we find David asking for God’s help with his enemies. That is probably the nicer way to say what David is doing. He seems to have been speaking his emotions and wanted God to vindicate him against his enemies. I don’t think there is any of us who can’t relate. However, after all the toiling and wrestling, he ended by announcing: No matter what happens, I “will proclaim your righteousness” and give you “praise all day long” (vs. 28). Sometimes, when we are overrun and overwhelmed by enemies, we need to be redirected to a place of worship and praise, where we can be reminded that everything and everyone seemingly over our head is actually under God’s feet.
Turn your face toward heaven the next time you find yourself overwhelmed.
Santes Beatty is a husband and father who loves traveling, writing, cooking, and equipping leaders. He is an ordained minister in The Wesleyan Church and serves with parachurch organizations.
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