Thoughts On Psalms: A Divine Shield

Psalm 3:1-4
O Lord, how many are my foes! How many rise up against me! Many are saying of me, “God will not deliver him.” Selah
But You are a shield around me oh Lord, my Glorious One, who lifts up my head. To the Lord I cry aloud, and He answers me from his holy hill.

We are not much different than David, the writer of this Psalm. He was subject to moods. He bounced from darkness to confidence; from fear to reverence. Here David is overwhelmed by an enemy force. Aren’t we overwhelmed by an enemy force as well?

David looks out to see an army arrayed against him. He is one against so many.

We do the same thing to ourselves! We cause ourselves to believe we are one against the world.

David is taunted by his enemies; “God won’t save you because of your sin.”

Don’t we do the same kind of thing to ourselves? “How could God forgive me for all the evil I have done?”

The devil uses doubt to turn us from our first love. And, we let it happen.

Then David turns his gaze from his enemies to focus on his Lord. From despair to faith. David realizes he is safe in God’s care. God protects him from his enemies with a divine shield. Nothing can penetrate the protection given by God. God strengthens and holds David’s head up; David acknowledges that it is by God’s power that he is able to stand!

David cries out and God answers from the Temple.

We are believers. We have the same resource in God that David writes about. Satan will attack with arrows of doubt and leave us to “feel” as if God has abandoned us to the world.

He has not!

Cry out to God and He will protect you. Seek Him in prayer; confident prayer, and He will answer you from “His Holy Hill.”

Be blessed today!

About Jim Barnes

A man seeking to please the Lord. A man striving to abide in Christ Jesus. A man whose hope is to see just one more come into the fold.
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