Lessons from Psalms: Chapter 3
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“(A Psalm of David, when he fled from Absalom his son.) LORD, how are they increased that trouble me! many are they that rise up against me.”
Do you ever feel like all around you are enemies that you are just finding out that you have? Sometimes it can seem overwhelming.
“Many there be which say of my soul, There is no help for him in God. Selah.”
And then, when it begins to depress you, and you are noticeably miserable in front of everyone, perhaps crying, and feeling alone and forsaken, everyone looks upon you with contempt; as if you are a plague that they would rather not have around. All of the faith and light that used to emanate from you seems faded and gloomy. It causes them not to question you, but your God that you profess to have faith in.
“But thou, O LORD, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head.”
This is when it is most important for you to remember whose child you are, who you belong to. You are a child of the most high God. If you can remember this, it helps to lift your heavy head. Your heart feels lighter. You can almost smile.
“I cried unto the LORD with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill. Selah.”
This is the time when prayer is most important; because, if you truly have faith, then you KNOW that He hears you.
“I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the LORD sustained me.”
Then, after you pray, you will find a peace that surpasses all understanding. You find that you can sleep better. You can KNOW that God's got this!
“I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people, that have set themselves against me round about.”
The fear and loneliness fades away with the morning light. You awaken with a fresh perspective. You even smile in the mirror, because you know who's child you are.
“Arise, O LORD; save me, O my God: for thou hast smitten all mine enemies upon the cheek bone; thou hast broken the teeth of the ungodly.”
When you leave the house, and find yourself surrounded, once again with all those who spoke out against you and made fun of you and forsook you because of your visible struggle, your renewed confidence is now just as visible. Your demeanor has changed. They now look at you with curiosity -- they are quiet. They move to give you room to walk through them. They wonder what has happened and think twice about commenting, or acting in a negative way around you.
“Salvation belongeth unto the LORD: thy blessing is upon thy people. Selah.”
And, as the new day comes to an end, you find you have accomplished more than you thought you could, should, or would for His glory. All credit belongs to Him.
It helps to remember that David felt this way once. David went through this. You are not alone.