Today’s Bible readings are 1 Chronicles 1:1-2:17, Acts 23:11-35, Psalm 3:1-8, & Proverbs 18:14-15
1 O Lord, I have so many enemies; so many are against me. 2 So many are saying, “God will never rescue him!” 3 But you, O Lord, are a shield around me; you are my glory, the one who holds my head high. 4 I cried out to the Lord, and he answered me from his holy mountain.
Have you have felt like the world was against you? Has there ever been a time in your life when enemies of every kind were raging against you? That is exactly what was happening to David when he penned this psalm.
David was in a very difficult situation. His son had turned against him & run him out of his kingdom. His son was hungry for power & was willing to do anything to get it. Absalom was willing to go to any length to get the power that he had become seduced by.
This wasn’t the only enemy that had come against David. Many of the men who had once been faithful followers of David had now turned to follow Absalom. It was such a depressing time for King David.
This story may sound like your own life. You may be going through a difficult time like this one. Maybe you have had a close ally turn on you. This can weigh so heavy on a person’s heart. Maybe you are being pressed by people all around you who are trying to sabotage you & your ministry. That is what David found to be happening in his life. People even began to say that it was God’s judgment against him. People began to say that God would never rescue him this time.
These may be the things that are being said about you right now. You may be hearing the same type of accusations being hurled your way. The pressure may be so great right now that you are even feeling like God has abandoned you. I want you to know THAT IS NOT THE TRUTH!!!
David soon learned that God was a shield for him that could not be broken. God was a mighty Lifter of David’s head. When David was low & heavy, God lifted him. When David had no glory of his own, the Lord was his glory.
This is the heritage of all God’s people. He is our shield too! He is not easily beaten by any foe. He has conquered all! Just as David cried out for mercy & help & the Lord heard his cry & came to his rescue; God will hear your cry! He will come to your rescue too! Then, all of your enemies will be silenced as David’s was.
I leave you with the close to this great psalm as an encouragement to how this attack will end for you. You will come out on top just like David did because God is going to come through for you just like He did for David.
7 Arise, O Lord! Rescue me, my God! Slap all my enemies in the face! Shatter the teeth of the wicked! 8 Victory comes from you, O Lord. May you bless your people.