O Lord, how many are my foes!
How many rise up against me!
Many are saying of me, "God will not deliver him."
But You are a shield around me, O Lord;
You bestow glory on me and lift up my head.
To the Lord I cry aloud, and He answers me from His holy hill.
I lie down and sleep;
I wake again, because the Lord sustains me.
I will not fear the tens of thousands drawn up against me on every side.
Arise, O Lord!
Deliver me, O my God!
Strike all my enemies on the jaw; break the teeth of the wicked.
From the Lord comes deliverance.
May Your blessing be on Your people.
Also called "The Morning Hymn", this Psalm is attributed to David, as he was on the run from his son, Absalom. He had enemy armies chasing him that wanted to capture and kill him. His entire world had been turned upside-down. He didn't know who was on his side and who was against him. He was in his lowest hour. It was a desperate, choking feeling.
Ever feel that way?
I've not often feared for my life, thank goodness. But I've often had my life turned upside-down.
Many times I've wondered who is "with me", and why those who I thought were with me really, in actuality, weren't.
I've felt desperate, weary, worn, confused, exhausted, hurt, and on and on and on...And I'm not truly proud of how I've reacted in those times of trial.
But what did David do when he felt that way?
He turned to God. He praised Him and worshipped Him and asked for His help. David spent just a brief minute complaining about his enemies and how they maligned God, and then He praised His Lord.
I spend hours complaining about what's going wrong, who's mistreated me, or what didn't work out.
David is confident in God. He knows that God is his shield, and that He will answer David. Although David is being hunted and chased, he can lie down at night--and sleep! What confidence in the Lord's protection! What a testament to David's faith, and to God's mercy!
I can't sleep on nights when I'm worried about getting out of the house on time the next morning.
David slept peacefully when entire armies wanted to slaughter him.
There's a lesson in there that doesn't make me feel too good about myself...
But now that I've seen it, I'm going to work to remember it. David, while he may have done many things he wasn't proud of, is an amazing role model of faith. When he was at his lowest, he turned to His Father. He praised Him, gave Him glory, and trusted Him for His protection.
I think I can do that! How about you? Does this Psalm speak to you?
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