Do you feel surrounded by enemies? Do you feel belittled, and counted out? Read this and be blessed. All God’s Word has a solution and a blessing for you, in whatever season you are in, or whatever you might be going through. God has answer for you. He knows what you are feeling and experiencing. Let’s dig in to Psalm 3 together.
“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.” Selah”
Psalm 3:1-2 ESV
This is a Psalm of David. He knew what it was like to struggle. He spent his youth and many years, being looked down on, counted out, and even trying to be murdered by his boss. Maybe you can relate with that feeling. God delivered David from all his troubles, and God will deliver you too. There was a process for David to endure as grew into the man and the King that he would become. God used those hard seasons to develop him. And God is using the hard seasons in your life for good as well.
David chose to leave the trials and tribulations in God’s hands, and He trusted God to deliver him. He had every opportunity to kill and destroy his enemies, but David chose faith. David chose to believe the promises of God. Though that worked out for him in the end, imagine the ridicule he endured, both to his face, and behind his back. He chose to trust God. That will get you mocked and ridiculed. Selah means to stop and think about that. Stop and think about what Davids endured. Now take a moment to consider your troubles and struggles. Will you quit? Or will you trust God?
“But you, O Lord, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head.”
Psalm 3:3 ESV
God is like a shield. He may not prevent the battle, but He protects you through it. You may feel jarred when the hard blow comes, but God takes most of the impact. The enemy may fire flaming arrows at you from all directions, but God blocks them from doing any real damage. God is your glory and the lifter of your head. God is the place to glory in. God is the one to take pride in. He is the one you trust in. In the war, God is the safe place. He is the base for battle. God lifts your head. With God on your side, you have nothing to fear, and nothing to be ashamed of. Jesus has removed through His blood, all your sin, guilt, and shame. You can hold your head high, and face your enemies head on, believing for victory. If the Eternal Victor is with you, how could you ever really lose?
“I cried aloud to the Lord, and he answered me from his holy hill. Selah”
Psalm 3:4 ESV
When you pray, God answers. God sends help and victory not just from anywhere, but straight out of His throne room in heaven. He is the sovereign Lord of all. He has an innumerable company of angels at His command. Cry out to Him, and He will answer.
“I lay down and slept; I woke again, for the Lord sustained me. I will not be afraid of many thousands of people who have set themselves against me all around.”
Psalm 3:5-6 ESV
The Psalmist is relishing in the idea of God’s providential care. Because he is alive, it is for a purpose. God knows exactly what He is doing. Every fiber of your being is permeated with purpose. If you are breathing, a grand destiny awaits. If you will rest in the everlasting arms of your Heavenly Father, He will tenderly guard you from destruction. If you will trust Him, and work together with His plan and purpose He will get you where you need to go. Your life matters. If it didn’t, you would not be alive, and living in a gracious God’s universe. You have nothing to fear, when you fear God. God is in control, so trust Him to carry you through.
“Arise, O Lord! Save me, O my God! For you strike all my enemies on the cheek; you break the teeth of the wicked. Salvation belongs to the Lord; your blessing be on your people! Selah”
Psalm 3:7-8 ESV
Salvation belongs to God, and His blessing is on His people. Are you one of His people today? Have you been born again. Do you know and believe the Gospel? If so, you can fully rely on God to carry you through. Jesus lived a perfect sinless life for you. He died on the cross to bear the wrath of God and pay the price for your sin. He rose from the dead in total victory. In the safe place of Jesus there is nothing for God to punish you for, but everything in Christ for God to bless you for. Rest in Jesus. He will carry though.