David clothed himself in Sackcloth.

But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth; I humbled myself with fasting; and my prayer would return to my own heart. I paced about as though he were my friend or brother; I bowed down heavily, as one who mourns for his mother. But in my adversity they rejoiced and gathered together; attackers gathered against me, and I did not know it; they tore at me and did not cease; with ungodly mockers at feasts they gnashed at me with their teeth. Psalm 35:13-16; NKJV.  


Sackcloth, sag, Strong’s # 8242- Sag in the ancient world was thick coarse cloth, usually dark in and made mostly from goat’s hair (though camel’s hair was also used; Matt.3:4).The mention of sackcloth in our text is as a garment of mourning and a sign of sympathy and concern for those suffering (Job 30:25).

King David gives us a picture of a king who humbles himself to bring the needs of individuals to the throne of grace. He shares his concern in a deep and meaningful way, by fasting, prayer, mourning, sackcloth; when David’s prayers seemed unanswered, he continued carrying the burden (v.14).

He submits himself to God as his son Solomon later says of a king yielded to God: “The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes (prov.21:1).

Then David while in sackcloth hidden from outsiders finds out that these very same people are attacking him and mocking him. David sought to help people and was in return shown ingratitude and betrayal. The word gnashed in vs 16, means David’s reputation was ripped to shreds by unjust slander.

I find it significant that David’s attitude at the end of this psalm is “Let them shout for joy and be glad, who favor my righteous cause; and let them say continually,’ Let the Lord be magnified, who has pleasure in prosperity of His servant.'”

3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Chris
    Feb 05, 2014 @ 23:49:06

    Got to love that attitude mentioned at the end of your post, Manny.

    Sometimes I see what’s happening in our world today and wish I had a few burlap sacks.

    Thanks for sharing another great scripture and for helping us better understand its meaning.

    God’s blessings my friend…


  2. Delight in Truth
    Feb 08, 2014 @ 05:57:21

    Theology of sovereignty of God in both David’s and Solomon’s writings. I love it how consistent this is in the Bible, a book that had so many authors across thousands of years. But the same consistent and powerful message.


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