Apparently David was growing weary of his enemies getting away with their mistreatment. He wanted God to vindicate him…now. When mistreatment goes on and on, it’s completely human to wish God would intervene. But David’s long-time relationship with the Lord had taught him something. Even though he was yet to see God stepping in and exacting judgment, David had confidence that the day would arrive. So even while still in the midst of torment, he thanks God. He praises God.
There’s quite the ebb and flow of emotion in Psalm 35. David swings from angry vengefulness to sadness and humility, then to frustration, and finally to hope. When we’re caught up in a variety of emotions, here’s something to which to cling: God’s righteousness. His righteousness will bring the right judgment at the right time and in the right way. We can trust Him to do what is best for us in every situation. We can choose to follow the advice in Proverbs 3:5-7–“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not to thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes; fear the Lord, and depart from evil.” I guarantee you’ll sleep better and have fewer regrets if you turn your anger over to Him and let Him carry it for you.