A Psalm by David, when he fled from Absalom his son.
Yahweh, how my adversaries have increased! Many are those who rise up against me. Many there are who say of my soul,“There is no help for him in God.” Selah.
But you, Yahweh, are a shield around me, my glory, and the one who lifts up my head. I cry to Yahweh with my voice, and he answers me out of his holy hill. Selah.
Recall that God has installed His Sovereign on His holy hill. From these verses God tells us David was in peril and under terrible stress. He was subject to moods. He bounced from darkness to confidence. Here David is overwhelmed by an enemy force led by his son, Absalom. The force Absalom raised to hunt him are David’s subjects, but they have rejected him. David looks out to see an army arrayed against him. He is one against many.
Our condition today is not far removed from the conditions David experienced. Our children are not likely as antagonistic as Absalom, but we do the same thing to ourselves! Too many of us isolate ourselves. We cause ourselves to believe we are one against the world. Our enemies say of us, “God won’t help you.”
David is taunted by his enemies; “God won’t save you because of your sin.” We do the same thing? “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 it. 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 “holy hill.” From His Temple, God declares David is His and He will protect him. We are believers. We have the same resource in God that David declares for himself. 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.”