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A Season of Psalms - Psalm 3:1-4

Psalm 3:1-4

O Lord, how many are my foes! Many are rising against me; many are saying of my soul, ‘There is no salvation for him in God.’ But you, O Lord, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head. I cried aloud to the Lord, and he answered me from his holy hill.”

English Standard Version (ESV)

“It’s been one of those days.” How often have we been on top of the world one day, then flat on our faces the next? David knows what that feels like. His life had its ups and downs. He was a great warrior-king, but one day he gave into lust and arranged for a murder. He was described as being a man after God’s own heart, but at times he directly disobeyed the will of God (2 Samuel 24).

David was having one of those days when Absalom returned to Jerusalem and captured the hearts of the people. A messenger came and told David that he was outnumbered, so David gathered up his kingdom and fled. He penned this psalm in response to what was happening at this stage in his kingship, and doubtless he felt vulnerable and alone as he watched his kingdom being overrun by his own flesh and blood.

But David realized he wasn’t alone. Even though he felt outnumbered, he still had the upper hand because God was on his side. I love the words of Romans 8:31: If God is for us, who can be against us? When we feel like we’re in the minority, we’re not if we follow this simple formula: God + you=a majority. Instead of looking down in despair, let’s look up for deliverance because salvation belongs to our God! He will deliver us!

Further Reading: 2 Samuel 15-19; Romans 8:31-39

Pray with me:

Father, we may not know what to do, but our eyes are on You. Enable to us to realize that we are never alone, that the God of angel armies is always by our side and fighting our battles with us, with a mighty hand and outstretched arm. When our troubles seem too great, remind us that our God is greater still. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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