God’s Shield-Psalm 3

Psalm 3 O Lord, how many are my foes! How many rise up against me! 2 Many are saying of me, “God will not deliver him.” 3 But you are a shield around me, O Lord; you bestow glory on me and lift up my head. 4 To the Lord I cry aloud, and he answers me from his holy hill. 5 I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the Lord sustains me. 6 I will not fear the tens of thousands drawn up against me on every side. 7 Arise, O Lord! Deliver me, O my God! Strike all my enemies on the jaw; break the teeth of the wicked. 8 From the Lord comes deliverance. May your blessing be on your people.
 
     We must remember that the Psalms were not written from a theoretical idealism but from experiential reality. David wrote this Psalm fleeing for his life at the hand of his son, Absalom. David fled the palace and was gradually surrounded by his enemies. It may be difficult for us to fathom the hatred Absalom had for his father. The rumors and taunting of his enemies declaring that David had been abandoned by God had reached the ears of David. But David drew on his experience of God’s saving and delivering power rather than listen to the voices of doom and gloom. He declared that God had shielded and encouraged him to lift up his head. He chose not to be affected by discouraging words. The more arrogant his enemies became, the more David declared that God was his shield.
     The metaphor of the shield was frequently used in the Psalms. David knew that his source of protection was not in the palace, his guards or his cleverness in outmaneuvering Absalom but through deliverance by the hand of God (v. 4). Much of his strength and confidence could be found in the fact that he should have been captured or killed. But David was still able to lie down, sleep, awake and continue his life. Although the Lord had not yet destroyed his enemy, he refused to give in to fear knowing that deliverance was coming. 
Pray with me: Lord, I can recount experiences where Your shield around me has been my sustenance. Help me to cry out to You when the pressures of life surround me and draw upon that same strength and confidence to know that my deliverance is near.


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