Psalm 35:1 -2 “Contend, O LORD, with those who contend with me; fight against those who fight against me. Take up shield and buckler; arise and come to my aid.”
This psalm is certainly a prayer of petition by the author who is asking for the Lord to deliver him from his enemies. Verse 5 and 6 speak of angels driving his enemies away and also pursuing them. It speaks of more than a physical enemy. This attack is rooted in the spirit realm. David is asking for the Lord’s intervention where he can’t go. He was a mighty and valiant king who was not adverse to taking the sword up and going to battle. But he was also a prophet and saw beyond the natural realm into the realm of darkness where our enemy, Satan, operates.
I Corinthians 10: 3 states: “For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does.” We battle in the spiritual realm with weapons that are supernatural with the power to demolish strongholds. The fights we face are best won in the realm of prayer before we attack in the natural.
Some times flesh and blood does truly seem to be our enemy. It is very difficult to distinguish in highly stressful situations between the person and the force that is instigating and driving them forward. But we must, for our battle is not against our fellow man. Ephesians 6:12 says: “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” We need to be wise and not naïve about this realm of conflict. If we aren’t, we will attack our family, friends, and acquaintances as if they were the true enemy. They aren’t, they are more likely pawns in the enemy’s schemes. All people can come under the influence of “the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient” if we are not careful and discerning. If we can be so influenced, then let us be wise in regard to our fellow man.
If we contend in prayer, the Lord will contend for us in the heavens. Psalm 35:27 – 28 sums up the believer’s victory: “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." My tongue will speak of your righteousness and of your praises all day long.”
Prayer: “Lord, open my eyes to see and my ears to hear what is happening in the heavenly realm. Quicken me to battle firstly in prayer before going forth in the natural. Show me where I have not discerned what is truly happening and give me the wisdom in how to pray. Amen”