In Psalm 35:3 David prayed: “God, say to my soul, ‘I am your salvation!'”
I can pray and remind myself that God is my salvation, but David prayed that God would remind his soul of that truth. God, You are my salvation–not my job, not money, not my health, not my husband, not my friends–You are. Remind me of that. Talk to my soul when I am comfortable and complacent to wake me up. And talk to my soul when I am struggling to overcome stress and trials. Remind me that it is You that is my shield and buckler and that You fight the fights for me.
Looking at Psalm 35, it seems that David prayed this when he was feeling attacked by physical adversaries, guys like Saul and even his own sons at times. No matter which way he turned, someone was after him. Maybe they saw and heard of God’s anointing on his life and instead of helping him get to being king, they tried to stop it. I don’t have people chasing me around physically, but I feel what David wrote in verse 20 “They do not speak peace, but against those who are quiet in the land they devise words of deceit. They open wide their mouths against me; they say, ‘Aha, aha!'”
In Nehemiah 13:2 it tells that Moab hired Balaam to curse Israel, yet God turned the curse into a blessing. That’s what God does. When others curse us with their mouths and actions, God takes and turns that around for good. In Balaam’s case, Balak hired him to curse Israel. But God stepped in and used an angel of the Lord and made Balaam’s donkey talk to get his attention and to stop him.
So even when others are against me simply because they are not at peace and they want to stir up strife, God takes and works that for a blessing. He is my salvation, my peace, my shield and my buckler.
Psalm 35:27-28 praises God for this and so do I: “Let those who delight in My righteousness shout for joy and be glad and say evermore, ‘Great is the Lord, who delights in the welfare of His servant.’ Then my tongue shall tell of Your righteousness and of Your praise all the day long.”